Kerry Shale: Listen, We’re Family

Date - 6 October, 2014, All News Comedy Theatre
Kerry Shale | Sainou Talent Agency London (c) Alan Howard

Kerry Shale returns to the rehearsal room for the remount of Listen We’re Family to be performed at Wilton’s Music Hall and JW3.

Acclaimed by critics and revived by popular demand,this extraordinary collection of true tales reveals Jewish Londoners in the grip of bitter feuds and hilarious crossed wires, as ordinary family life lurches from outrageous farce to tragic violence. Using verbatim accounts, four actors bring to life a gallery of real characters with amazing honesty and authenticity.

– a 91-year-old barber remembers a racist punch-up
– a gay Israeli man finds happiness in London
– a woman in her 80’s recalls dangerous street games
– an Orthodox Rabbi recounts the liberation of Belsen
– and hear how a 1970s Medallion Man set up a suburban spanking club

By transferring from Wilton’s in the heart of the East End to JW3 on the Finchley Rd, this production mirrors the journey of London’s Jewish community from immigrant poverty to suburban assimilation.

Listen We’re Family opens at Wilton’s Music Hall on 14th October.


Kerry has worked at The National Theatre, The Almeida, Hampstead, The Donmar Warehouse, Riverside Studios, The Gate and The Royal Court. In Edinburgh, he wrote and performed six solo shows at The Traverse, The Assembly Rooms and The Pleasance. West End work includes The Normal Heart and Frost/Nixon.

His film credits began with Barbra Streisand’s Yentl. Other early films include Little Shop of Horrors. Kerry has a long association with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom: Jude, Welcome to Sarajevo, Code 46 and Genova. Recent films include Moonwalkers, Show Dogs.

Early TV credits ranged from Ronnie Corbett’s godson in Sorry! to Mr Beaver in BBC’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Recent work includes Undercover, New Tricks and Mr Selfridge, as well as The Trip, Life’s Too Short, Not Going Out, Dali & Cooper, Dr Who, and Steven Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter.

For BBC Radio, Kerry has acted in hundreds of plays including his own adaptations of Dr Strangelove and A Confederacy of Dunces. He has been the voice of Bill Bryson and Woody Allen, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain. Book of the Week readings include Nilsson’s biography and Philip Glass’s memoirs.

His many animation voices include Gnasher in Dennis and Gnasher, Sir Topham Hatt (The Fat Controller) in Thomas and Friends (USA) and Diesel in Thomas and Friends (UK). He plays dozens of characters in the BAFTA and Emmy-winning series The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network).

He has read many audio books, including all the Jack Reacher thrillers by Lee Child.


London Fringe Awards: Best One Person Show TMA/British Regional Theatre Awards Nomination: Best Actor Perrier Awards: Pick of the Fringe (Edinburgh) Sony Radio Awards: Acting and Writing Writers’ Guild Awards: Best Radio Dramatisation UK and USA Audio Book Awards: Performer of the Year Audible Sounds of Crime Awards: Reader of the Year

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