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One Jewish Boy

One Jewish Boy

By Stephen Laughton
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848428157, 128 pages, December 2018


Jesse is paranoid and frightened, and it's messing up his relationship, his job, his son and his life. But Jesse has every reason to be frightened; he is increasingly feeling the sting of rising prejudice in every part of his life.

Stephen Laughton's play One Jewish Boy explores key moments over an eight-year relationship between a nice Jewish boy from North London and the nice, not-so-Jewish woman with whom he falls in love.

An urgent response to anti-Semitism, this bittersweet comedy focuses on one young family's struggle against prejudice, and asks if the fear of hatred could be worse than hate itself? It was first produced at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington, in 2018, before transferring to Trafalgar Studios in London's West End in 2020.


"Moving… shows how race, gender, class, culture, and, perhaps most importantly, fear, impact on the characters' lives. "

- The Stage

"The writing is sharp, with timely references to pop culture and millennial angst, with smartly-observed and funny discussions of white privilege, left-wing politics, Israel, and arguments over who had it worse. .. necessary viewing. "

- Everything Theatre

"Does what good theatre should do—it begs questions and provokes thought which linger in the mind long after. .. provocative, urgent and powerful. "

- Attitude Magazine

"Wonderful and brilliantly written. "

- Exeunt Magazine