Shell Shock: The Diary of Tommy Atkins by Gulf War veteran Neil Blower Watkin is adapted and performed by comedy veteran
Tim Marriott (BBC TV’s The Brittas Empire, Allo Allo)
“There’s nothing wrong with me – it’s the others!”
After a long service career, Tommy Atkins attempts to return to ‘normal’ life…
after all he’s seen, civvy street will be a breeze, right?
As Tommy shares his ‘diary’ he takes us to crowded shopping malls, an automated job centre interview and a night out on the town. His observations on the absurdities of the everyday are “comic and convincing” (InDaily), “fabulously witty” (Clothesline) and “moving and insightful” (Broadway World)… but as life conspires against him, nothing is safe from his increasing outrage – Post Office queues to Ikea, computer games to ‘phone zombies, all feel the force of Tommy’s frustration as the world closes in and crashes around him.
“Like a Michael McIntyre routine – ramped up to 11…” (Herald)
Adapted from Neil Blower Watkin’s acclaimed biographical novel, ‘Shell Shock’ is a stunningly performed, universally praised, award winning solo show created in association with military and mental health charities as a stigma reduction project. Using humour to open and normalise conversations about mental health, performances are followed by informal interactive feedback sessions led by a professional counsellor
‘Shell Shock’ was a hit at Edinburgh Fringe before going to Australia in September promoting the Invictus Games, touring from Brisbane to Melbourne and Sydney with the charity Stand Tall 4 PTS
If you are affected by any of the topics raised in this plays there will be the opportunity for a Q&A session after the performance, this will be attended by Anxiety Therapist – Annabel Marriot BA, MAEd, Cip CBT,
Dip HYP (ASCH), CNHC registered.