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