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Shell Shock

Members say: Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious
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Critics
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Members
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12 reviews
 

Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series: This new drama explores an ex-soldier’s struggle to adjust to civilian life following tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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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.

 

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83
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90
Fringe Review (UK)

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

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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

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90
Insightful, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Heartbreaking

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.

70
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Emotional

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

73
Ambitious, Relevant, Good acting

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.

72
Dizzying, Intense, Relevant, Slow

See it if You need a lesson on the individual soldiers mental afterlife of modern war

Don't see it if You want a pleasant evening out

57
Relevant, Disappointing, Informative

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)

Also Everyone should know something of what soldiers might experience when ... Read more Read less

72
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a show about PSTD.

Don't see it if If you find it difficult understanding British accents, and you don't want to hear what some soldiers feel when they come home.

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want to see a realistic portrayal of PSTD.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by a graphic portrayal of PSTD.

Also I am hard of hearing and female voices do not project well. I was seat... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

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.

70
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are interested in PTSD.

Don't see it if You have no interest in PTSD and you have difficulty understanding British accents and vocabulary.

75
Ambitious, Great acting

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.

86
Clever, Great acting

See it if If you like to see a new angle on PTSD, with a magnetic performance, clever writing, dark humour - quality theater.

Don't see it if If you don't like a one person show that isn't stand out comedy.

76
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant

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.