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Riverside Theatres Presents A Riverside Production


Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 30 July - 08 August 2015



A new play about Gallipoli by Justin Fleming 

Wayne Harrison’s production is busily attractive and nicely weighted performances draw us into the story: Jack Finsterer as widowed tree surgeon Jack (Matthew’s grandson); Sandy Gore as Jack’s testy mother June, an anti-Vietnam War firebrand in her time, and Benson Jack Anthony as Tom, Matthew’s 14-year-old great-grandson. Ozucelik mischievously pops up as a consular driver and a zoo security guard. Savige takes elegant care of the story’s romantic undercurrents.” The Sydney Morning Herald

The standout performance of the evening came from stage and screen legend Gore, who was hugely entertaining throughout and commanded the lion’s share of laughs. Hers is a feistiness that every member of the audience will identify in members of their own family and friendship circles. She’s brutally honest, but you only love her for it!” Theatre People

“Shellshock is a well-written, well-directed and well-performed piece that could conceivably find itself joining the growing collection of Australian classics.” Theatre People

Shellshock is a love story. Granted, an unusual love story… between an Australian teenager and his mate Herman, a tortoise – the oldest living survivor of the Gallipoli campaign.

When a newspaper article reveals the surprising identity of this last survivor, a mysterious woman from Turkey arrives at the Lindsay farm. Fourteen year old Tom, his father Jack, and feisty grandmother June, become embroiled in a drama that takes them to the other side of the world, in search of answers, and the true origin of Herman.

Justin Fleming’s heartfelt and quirky new play features Turkish shadow puppets and a brilliant cast. Shellshock will be a highly entertaining and uplifting experience for young and not-so-young audiences, in the spirit of War Horse.

Shellshock is a new play commissioned by Riverside Theatres.

Recommendation: Ages 8+ and their families

Dates & Times:
Thursday 30 July 11am – PLUS Q&A
Friday 31 July 7:30pm
Saturday 1 August 7:30pm
Monday 3 August 11am – PLUS Q&A
Tuesday 4 August 11am – PLUS Q&A
Wednesday 5 August 11am – PLUS Q&A & 7:30pm
Thursday 6 August 7:30pm
Friday 7 August 7:30pm
Saturday 8 August 2:15pm & 7:30pm

To receive a season package, simply complete the booking form on page 39 of our 2015 Season Brochure, or click here to download and print a copy. To request a 2015 Season Brochure please call Box Office on 8839 3399 or email For school bookings – Please see the Schools tab.

Use hashtags #riversideparra #AnzacCentenary
Use hashtags #riversideparra #AnzacCentenary
Use hashtags #riversideparra #AnzacCentenary

Riverside CrownResorts


Yalin Ozucelik – Kazan/ Narrator/ Security Guard
Jack Finsterer – Matthew Lindsay/ Jack Lindsay
Francesca Savige – Nurse/ Adile Goymen/ Soldier
Benson Jack Anthony – Tom Lindsay
Sandy Gore – June Lindsay/ Old Soldier
Herman – Himself


Playwright – Justin Fleming
Director – Wayne Harrison

Lighting Design – Matt Marshall
Sound Design – Nate Edmondson
Set and Costume Design – Anna Gardiner
Projection Design – Martin Kinnane
Puppet Creation and Performance – Sue Wallace
Animatronic Tortoise – Hannah Crosby

Original Music by Joseph Tawadros
Played by Joseph Tawadros – Oud, James Tawadros – Req and Bendir, James Crabb – Accordian, James Grenning – Trombone, Matt McMahon – Piano, Dimitri Vouros – Clarinet, Ben Rodgers – Electric Bass

Producer – Camilla Rountree
Stage Manager – Alison Hepburn-Brown
Assistant Stage Manager – Shannyn Miller
Production Photography – Heidrun Löhr
Set Construction – Thomas Creative
Scenic Art – Pier Productions
Operations Manager – Linda Taylor
Technical Coordinator – Sean Clarke
Show Technician – Brooke Shelton

Key image courtesy Kurt Sneddon, Blueprint Studios



$20 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)
Schools – Please download and fill out the booking form


This play is a great for helping junior students understand the war centenary commemorations and what Anzac Day means to Australians. It’s rare to have a story about war focus solely on the human side – it looks at who these soldiers were, whether Turkish or Australian, and how they related to each other and what was happening. The fact that its protagonist is a modern day 14 year old boy also makes this story is accessible, giving younger students something to relate to. It’s also a play that, in showing both the Turkish and Australian side of the story, promotes cross-cultural acceptance, which makes it great for a multi-cultural cohort as it shows them that the war has the same significance no matter what ‘side’ your descendants fought for.


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Secondary Schools Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail:
Mail: Jodie Benbrook, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.


Shellshock Curriculum Links

Shellshock Teachers Resources – Shadow Puppets

Shellshock Teachers Resources – How to Make your Own Herman

Shellshock Program


For information on access at Riverside Theatre please click here.

Download the social story for Lennox Theatre here: Lennox Social Story

An interview with the playwright, Justin Fleming and director, Wayne Harrison with journalist Angela Catterns:

Get a taste of the music and find out more about the album used in Shellshock in the video below:

Find out more about Shellshock in the videos below:

Find out what you can expect from Shellshock in the video below:

Three renowned puppeteers, including Shellshock’s Sue Wallace, tell what it takes to pursue a career in puppet theatre. – ArtsHub

Australian puppeteer Sue Wallace shares her thoughts on Shellshock and her work as a puppeteer. – My Local World

Turkish strings in Riverside Theatre’s touching story of an unexpected survivor of Gallipoli – The Daily Telegraph

Interview the costume and set designer for this production, Anna Gardiner. – Lip Magazine

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Season Package Concession $38
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Sidekicks Adult $43
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