Shell Shock (12+)

Friday 31 January 2020 8.00pm

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 where others are encouraged to share their own stories. 

'Shell Shock' was a hit at Edinburgh Fringe supported by the Army@TheFringe before going to Australia in September promoting the Invictus Games, touring from Brisbane to Melbourne and Sydney with the charity Stand Tall 4 PTS

Awards and ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ reviews:



"Superb... moving and insightful" - Broadway World

"Fabulously witty" - Clothesline

"Comic and convincing" - InDaily

"An astonishing piece of drama, which leaves the audience impassioned, enlightened and educated"  - Scene1+ 

"The writing is superb as is the acting" - Glasgow Living   

"Astonishing and astounding" Outstanding Show - Fringe Review  

"A clever adaptation and commanding performance... vivid and compassionate" - Fringe Guru

Please note: this performance contains strong language, flashing lights and distressing themes.

Ticket Prices

  • Tickets: £16.00
  • Concession: £14.00

PREMIUM seats £2.00 extra

Registered unemployed and full-time (FE/HE) students: £7.00

£1 off full price and standard concessionary tickets for ourChelmsford account holders

Group Booking discount available (One in every ten free - over the phone and in person bookings only)

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