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SHELL SHOCK: Time to Talk

by Smokescreen Productions CIC

spoken-word-and-live-literature, theatre

An old soldier, with a few bruises, and a story to tell

about the production

"There's nothing wrong with me - it's the others!" After a long service career, Tommy returns to 'normal' life. After all he's seen, civvy street will be a breeze, right? As he trails around a crowded shopping mall, tackles a job centre interview and takes on 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" (BroadwayWorld)... but as life conspires against him, nothing is safe from his increasing outrage... "A roller coaster ride through PTSD and beyond" (Herald). Best Solo Show, Adelaide Fringe

about the artist

Shell Shock is performed by comedy veteran Tim Marriott (BBCTV's The Brittas Empire) and produced by Smokescreen. Smokescreen Productions CIC was founded in 2017 following a commission to make a mental health stigma reduction piece for the military community and beyond. Shell Shock has toured ever since, including a long tour of Australia promoting the Invictus Games in 2018. A second commissioned play, Holocaust themed 'Mengele: Right to Live', sold out at Edinburgh Fringe in '17, '18, '19 and Adelaide in '18 and '19. Smokescreen's latest work, 'Watson; The Final Problem' sold out at Edinburgh '21 and is also available.

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stage dimensions

width: 4 metres

height: 2 metres

depth: 3 metres

Clear black box stage, basic lighting cover and audio system is ideal, but we carry all that we need including projector, sound and lighting


A clever adaptation and commanding performance... vivid and compassionate

Fringe Guru

Astonishing, astounding. Outstanding show

Fringe Review

Majestically drives the audience on a visionary trip to the painful world of an ex soldier affected by PTS. Exemplary."


No limitations

Post show Fire Circle Talkbacks after every show.
Legacy document - 'Toolkit for Anxiety' pocket guide (book, e-book and audio) available
Workshops available on request.

Negotiable depending on distance and audience capacity. Smokescreen Productions is a non-profit Community Interest Company. It is not VAT registered.

LFT before shows