Based on the book ‘Shell Shock: The Diary of Tommy Atkins,’ it was adapted for stage by Tim Marriott. It mixes emotionally charged scenes with lighthearted observations of everyday life–a dreaded trip to Ikea, a seemingly mundane post office queue, and more.
for a previous production "This is a superior performance piece that is built slowly and, though it may be predictable, the way you are engaged throughout draws you into the piece...The direction has an assured quality which allows you to feel that this has authenticity and the desire to both educate and entertain...The performance is simply astonishing and astounding and led me to pick up a dictionary to look under superlatives." Full Review
for a previous production "It's often said that actors deliver a 'stunning performance,' but in this case it's literally true: the intensity of Tom Page's portrayal is a shock for the senses, though to director Tim Marriott's credit it never feels out-of-control or overdone...'Shell Shock' isn't quite meant for me; it's an invitation into a world I can never fully understand...But thanks to Marriott's clever adaptation and Page's commanding performance, this stage version is vivid and compassionate." Full Review
See it if British army vet's life falls apart due to escalating PTSD. Deep character development. Had me in tears by the end.
Don't see it if You are not interested in PTSD. You do not want to feel attached to a strong but wounded person.
See it if You want a multi-layered look at a soldier dealing w/PTSD. You want powerful acting & an unique view of soldiers.
Don't see it if You don't want intense drama. You're uncomfortable w/depictions of war & PTSD.
See it if have interest in US wars overseas, the effects of war on veterans and the treatment of veterans. If you're interested in women in combat.
Don't see it if If you don't like single character monologues, especially If you like a variety of characters.
See it if You want to see a beautifully acted one-woman play that's essentially a monologue on post-war trauma
Don't see it if You're bothered by racism and transphobia. You want a likable narrator or satisfying conclusion.
See it if you are interested in a different perspective on a soldier's story. Conveyed through a female British soldier readjusting to civilian life.
Don't see it if the thought of a minimalist, black box, one-woman show makes you cringe. Also, it's based on a diary, and that medium is very present here.
See it if You are the interested in seeing PTSD from the point of view of a female soldier. You are comfortable with one actor plays.
Don't see it if You can't deal with the effort you need to expend to understand the very heavy, often very rapidly delivered Irish dialect. Often very loud
See it if you don’t know what PTSD is or have never seen any representations of it on the news or tv
Don't see it if you’re already familiar with representations of PTSD in the media (repressed/expressed anger, depression, triggers, nightmares, flashbacks)
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