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Catch a darkly humorous and thought-provoking award-winning play about the importance of good parenting. With a talented cast at its helm, Shook promises to thoroughly entertain audiences over the course of 100 minutes!

Why Watch Shook

Three young fathers are placed in a young offender’s institution. The three inmates are enrolled in a class that will better prepare them for being good fathers. As the three men learn to change diapers and take care of babies, they begin to reflect on their own childhood and come to terms with it. Will their hunger for self-improvement be satisfied in the program or will the trio need an alternative approach?

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Southwark Playhouse, Shook is all set to transfer to Trafalgar Studios 2. The actors from the previous run were lauded for their performances, and they are all set to reprise their role for the new production. Director George Turvey does a stellar job in giving a sense of foreboding and offering a nagging feeling that things might explode at any moment. Josh Finan, in particular, was praised by critics for portraying a character who is a confluence of naivety and bravado. Playwright Samuel Bailey’s play is precisely paced, and reels in the viewer like very few plays can. The set design by Jasmine Swan is apt, with the claustrophobic concrete-walled space brilliantly depicting the oppressive environment.

Good For

Lovers of Dramas


“Samuel Bailey’s moving play is carried along by its characters’ wisecracking – and reveals the anguish hidden underneath” - The Guardian

“Sensitive portrait of masculinity and trauma from a major new talent” - Evening Standard

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Opening: 8 Apr 2020
End: 9 May 2020

Show Timings

Mon - Sat 7:45 PM
Thu & Sat 3:00 PM
Sun No Show

Please note that there will be no performance on Tue, 14 Apr

Leading Roles
Josef Davies as Jonjo
Josh Finan as Cain
Ivan Oyik as Riyad
Andrea Hall as Grace

George Turvey

Samuel Bailey

Additional Info

1 hr 35 min

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Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
Theater Bar

Trafalgar Studios 2 has a seating capacity of 100

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly

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Strict Cancellation Policy

Cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled

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