Shida, written and performed by Jeannette Bayardelle, is a soulfully contagious score of rock, jazz, R&B, and gospel music, based on the true story of a young African-American girl who aspires to become a writer, tracing the ups and downs of her family, friendships, and love life – from the double-dutch court at St. Mary’s Catholic School in the Bronx to a scholarship at NYU. Her dreams become sidetracked by hardship and loss until her faith and those closest to her combine to restore Shida’s hope and give her a second chance.
Bayardelle said, “I could not be more excited to bring Shida to London! This is a true story about my childhood best friend, and there’s no piece of theatre that’s more special to me – it’s an honour to share her story with the world. Developing Shida with Arts Nova (NYC) and having our première Off-Broadway were such incredible experiences, and I am grateful to my collaborators, our producers, and especially our audiences for believing in this show. Now, bringing Shida to The Vaults for its UK première is a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to collaborating once again with my director Andy Sandberg as we bring this musical across the pond. The time has never felt more right to tell Shida’s story. London.”
Jeannette reprises her role, for which she won and AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. Shida also received an IRNE Award nomination for Best Solo Show in 2015.
The Vaults, Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN from 11 September – 13 October 2019. Times: Tue – Sat 8pm; Thu & Sat 3.30pm; Sun 6pm. Admission: £15 – £40.