"Shalom Baby hops between two forward-thinking (or at least forward-feeling) Jewish families, living in 1930s Berlin and modern-day New York. It's a lot to unpick. But there are also great bursts of energy and invention, particularly when it comes to Beadle-Blair's thunderingly expressive rap monologues." –Time Out
“Wildly ambitious and entertaining...I love the way the play is stroppy and soppy, bold and bashful all at the same time” –Guardian
“In turns haunting, sad, funny and, ultimately, uplifting” –The Stage
In 1930s Berlin - an intriguing city of Jazz and overground cabaret overpowered by the rise of Hitler and World War II - the daughter of a Jewish family falls in love with their black shabbes goy (a term used for those who assist Jews on the Sabbath with tasks forbidden to Jews within Jewish law). Fast-forward to the tale of a mixed-race couple in seemingly unprejudiced modern-day Brooklyn, where the same family is coping with a number of calamities. Shalom Baby is a touching and very funny exploration of love, family and friendship.
Rikki Beadle-Blair is a playwright, director, actor, singer, songwriter and choreographer. Creator of the classic Channel 4 series, Metrosexuality, he also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed plays Bashment (Theatre Royal, 2005); Familyman (Theatre Royal, 2008), and FIT (Stonewall/Drill Hall, 2010), all of which are published by Oberon Books.