- It has an amazing playwright.
Shellshock is a new Australian play by Justin Fleming. Justin is one of the country’s most talented playwrights with a career that spans decades. His work has been produced all over Australia with large and small companies including Bell Shakespeare, Melbourne Theatre Company, the Australian Theatre for Young People, the Ensemble Theatre and Riverside.
- It supports new Australian works.
New Australian plays are frequently written but infrequently produced, often being deemed too financially risky for companies compared to well-known productions from overseas playwrights. By buying your ticket to Shellshock, you’ll be supporting new Australian stories on the stage.
- It has puppets!
It’s not often we get to see puppetry in a show that isn’t solely a puppet show or just for kids. Sue Wallace from Sydney Puppet Theatre has created all the puppets and draws on traditional shadow puppetry techniques from Turkey. The puppets bring another level of visual storytelling and humour, and allow things to happen on stage that wouldn’t be possible with a cast of only five people.
- It features original music.
Shellshock features original music by Joseph Tawadros. Joseph is described as a Coptic Australian oud virtuoso performer. If you are not familiar with him, visit his website josephtawadros.com and discover this wonderful talent. His latest album, Truth Seekers Lovers & Warriors is a creative response to the Centenary of Anzac and features his brother James on Arabic percussion instruments req and bendir, James Crabb on the accordion, James Greening plays trombone and Matt McMahon the piano.
- It’s a unique story and sure to entertain.
Shellshock is more than just another play about Gallipoli. The story of Shellshock is contemporary and is not focused on death, fighting and loss. It uses some terrific traditions of theatre and of Turkish culture including the traditional storyteller (known as Meddah) as a narrator who then performs multiple characters. The play is a heart-warming and humorous tale – and who doesn’t love a good story?! With the former artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, Wayne Harrison, heading up the creative team, Shellshock is going to entertain you. Expect a lot of laughs, a few sadder moments, parts where you’ll want to cheer the characters along, unexpected twists and turns, and 90 minutes of really good live entertainment.
Shellshock is a new play commissioned by Riverside Theatres and partnered by Crown Resorts Foundation and supported by the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.