Tickets £12, £10 concessions
50% discount UK Armed Forces and veterans with ID (not available online - please contact the Box Office)
Shell Shock is a stunning play exploring the personal realisation of one soldier’s experience of learning to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tommy Atkins' observations on the absurdities of every-day life on civvy street are frequently comic, occasionally absurd, sometimes violent but always poignant. His wired energy leads to hyper-emotional responses, from post office queues and a trip to Ikea, to his relationships with family and friends, resulting in alienation and anger.
The play is based upon a novel first published in 2011, by Iraq veteran Neil Watkin (writing as Neil Blower), who was diagnosed with PTSD after leaving the army and encouraged to take up creative writing through the armed forces charity Combat Stress as part of his treatment. The story, adapted from the original novel Shell Shock: The Diary of Tommy Atkins, highlights the work of charities Combat Stress and Help For Heroes.
At any level PTSD can cause flashbacks, nightmares, anger and depression – often leading to violence, alcohol and substance abuse, job loss, family breakdown and even suicide. All these topics are covered in Shell Shock with the hope that sufferers, or those close to them, can connect and identify with the performance and seek the help which is available from service charities for all the military community.
Recommended for age 14+
Promoted independently of The Spring