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play • coming-of-age • fight-the-system • friendship • heartfelt • law & justice • parenthood
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Shook - Papatango Website | Thespie
Astonishingly of the best debut plays I have ever seen.
- Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4

“He’ll look different. My little boy. When I get out. Like… to the picture I’ve got in my head. Be like meeting him all over again. Be a whole new start.” Instead of GCSEs, Cain, Riyad and Jonjo got sentences. Locked up in a young offenders’ institution, they trade sweets, chat shit, kill time – and await fatherhood. Grace’s job is to turn these teenagers into parents, ready to take charge of their futures. But can they grow up quickly enough to escape the system? Winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize from 1406 entries, Samuel Bailey’s debut full production tenderly and honestly examines the young men society shuts away. Nominated for The Stage Debut Award for Best Writer and 7 OffWestEnd Awards, Shook premiered in 2019 to rave reviews, and was due to transfer to the West End until the pandemic hit. The original production has now been revived for a special filmed performance, made in collaboration with BAFTA-winning director James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords; Ali G; The Muppets).

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  • Duration
    1 hour 30 minutes

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