Shida is the theatrical magic London needs to see!

Shida Graphic

All the way from across the pond, broadway star and Gospel sensation Jeannette Bayardelle – writer and performer, and director Andy Sandberg bring Shida to London. Showing at the Vaults Theatre, I made my way to Waterloo on opening night by invitation of Mr London, Talentbanq’s CEO Ray Jones. The show had such an impact on me – I knew I’d be back for more!

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Jeannette Bayardelle and Andy Sandberg

Inspired by a true story, Shida is a one-woman musical with the same velocity of a full cast, which makes it all that much more magical. There’s something in Shida that anyone can relate to. For me it was the story of a young girl with dreams of being a writer, and having them almost snatched away by life’s odds stacked against her… On the day I watched Shida for the first time, I’d just received copies of the My Soho Times magazine pilot. My heart was full, yet like Shida, I too had faced my fair share of challenges to get to that moment, which made me connect to Bayardelle’s powerful performance even more.

In the intimate theatre setting, I found myself releasing emotions I had bottled in on my own journey, and – together with Shida, felt inspired to give my dreams a second chance.

Shida review

©Helen Maybanks

It was only a matter of time before I was sitting with Jeannette Bayardelle and Andy Sandberg for an interview for my personal blog Travelmaker Kai, however I came with copies of the My Soho Times, and they both showed their support for it.


London, you know how to show a gal some love… This musical is an ABSOLUTE MUST-SEE!

For bookings visit

For more about Shida the musical visit

📍The Vaults Theatre,  Leake St (Theatre entrance address is Launcelot St SE1 7AD)

Have you checked out our pilot issue of My Soho Times online? CLICK HERE! Follow My Soho Times across our social media platforms @mysohotimes

That’s it for now! Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below.



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