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Shalom Belfast!


  • Playwright

    Rebecca Bartlett 

  • Notes

    A play for 14-18 year olds about the contribution made by the immigrant Jewish community to the economic, social and cultural diversity of Northern Ireland in the 20th century.

  • Synopsis

    Surviving the persecution of the May Laws raging in their Lithuanian homeland, Jews Miriam Kozetski and her son Yitzchak come to Belfast in 1896 to build a new life. Gradually they come to terms with the complexity of this new place they call home, though Miriam fervently guards her Lithuanian-Jewish identity while Yitzchak longs to be at ease with his peers as an Irish Jew. When it comes to the next generation, the preservation of identity takes another turn, proving both restricting and defining, while fresh challenges lie ahead for the larger Belfast Jewish community with the outbreak of World War Two.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The original production also included one musician and members of the cast performed as a chorus.


  • Date of First Production

    05 October 2000

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at the Belfast Royal Academy, as part of a tour to schools and venues.

Original Cast  
Maggie McVeigh Maureen Macauley
Daniel Levi Thomas Lappin
Miriam Kozetski Nuala Reilly
Yitzchak Kozetski Drew Thompson
Rosa Kozetski Maire Campbell
Musician Robin Kuller
Production Team  
Director Janice Jarvis
Designer Stuart Marshall
Lighting Designer Roger Nicholson
Sound Green Dolphin Studios
General Manager Ali FitzGibbon
Composer Debra Salem
Company Manager Maureen Macauley
Administration Assistant Irene Swift
Stage Manager Maureen Macauley
Assistant Stage Manager Ashley Smyth
Technician Ashley Smyth
Set Construction The Workshop
Costume Construction Louise Stewart
Poster Design Linda McClelland
Cover Illustration Linda McClelland


  • Contact

    Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of Northern Ireland

  • Address

    The Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North
    Belfast BT1 5GB
    Northern Ireland


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Replay Theatre Company

  • Address

    Skainos Square, 239 Newtownards Road
    Belfast BT4 1AF
    Co. Antrim
    Northern Ireland

  • Phone

    + 44 (0) 28 9045 4562

  • Email

  • Website


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was supplied by Replay Productions from information contained in the company files.