Shuck 'N' Jive

Shuck 'N' Jive

4.5 (2) · New Writing

'You do realise that your premier black woman role model was literally a puppet controlled by a white man, right?'


Opera singer Simone very quickly discovers that London was not the BNP-free utopia she’d always dreamed of. Meanwhile, actress Cassi battles it out for the illustrious roles of ‘Sassy Friend’, ‘Spunky Slave’, and ‘Third Crack Whore From The Left’ at every audition.

Desperate to be seen as they are, not as the colour of their skin, they decide to take control and write their own story

[This is that story]

With music, laughter and searing honesty, SHUCK ‘N’ JIVE is the debut play from Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong & Simone Ibbett-Brown, directed by Soho Theatre Associate Director Lakesha Arie-Angelo.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

A messy ending, it doesn’t offer answers or quick questions, but the whole piece is ambitious, original and playful


They deliver the stark reality the play deals with, the exhausting battle against barriers, with a fine balance of wit and levity

Broadway World

Shuck ‘n’ Jive skitters all over the place, slip sliding away on its own exuberant playfulness, meta and structural theatre experiments

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

This fearless production uses intelligent humour to expose racial typecasting in the entertainment industry

The Guardian

A mixed bag, lots of promise

The Arts Desk

Witty, messy and perceptive

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 2 Oct - Sat 26 Oct, 2.45pm & 7pm
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins


21 Dean St W1D 3NE London, UK · Get Directions
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