See it if you are a fan of Jaws.
Don't see it if you don't think you'll like a play that's essentially 3 men drinking and talking (and nothing else happens). Read more
See it if You’re a fan of either the original film, or interpersonal dramas
Don't see it if You expect to see bruce
See it if you're a fan of Jaws but not that much of a fan that you know all the fun facts because this show will Wikipedia-page them right out at you.
Don't see it if you're looking for original, thought-provoking theatre. Read more
See it if you find behind the scenes stories of movie making interesting, and listening to some interesting anecdotes acted very well
Don't see it if you want action (or want to see a shark, which is broken), or a more forward driving plot.
Put another way, The Shark is Broken has a freewheeling quality ready-made for Festival high spirits after a pint or two. But both the writing and acting need no small degree of fine-tuning if this is to go the full commercial distance.
This shark-tooth-sharp comedy, which has swum relatively seamlessly down to the West End from the 2019 Edinburgh Festival, is an enjoyable three-hander about the near-disasters behind the scenes in the film’s final sequence.
Ian Shaw does not hold back in baring his old man’s flaws. Robert was plainly a self-pitying bully, a bad loser prone to gambling and drinking songs. He had dramatic presence, though, and so does his son, who co-wrote this watchable 90-minute play.