Summer Festival: Shook

The Wardrobe Theatre

Key Information
  • Dates Thu 13 Jun 2024 - Sun 16 Jun 2024
  • Location The Wardrobe Theatre
  • Tickets

    Single £10
    Double Bill £15
    Season Ticket £40

  • Creative Team

    Written by Samuel Bailey
    Directed by Patrick Wilson
    Designed by Sophie Land

“What do you know about it? About any of this stuff in here? It’s alright for you, like. Go home to yer nice kid and yer nice house but what the f*ck has he got? Or any of the lads in here?”

Riyad, Jonjo, and Cain are serving time in a Young Offenders Institution. Bound together by their fate behind bars and impending fatherhood, they while away the hours chomping sweets and keeping face. It’s Grace’s responsibility to teach them how to be good dads, but will they ever be good enough for the society that put them behind bars?

Winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize, Samuel Bailey’s darkly comic and hard-hitting play serves as a compelling reminder of the struggles faced by young male offenders trying to find their place in the world.

This play is showing as a double bill with Octopus. Find out more about the BOVTS Summer Festival at the Wardrobe Theatre here.


Cain Ché Tligui
Jonjo Nuhazet Diaz Cano
Riyad Jesse Cescatti-McFarlane
Grace Molly Hanly

Creative, Technical & Production Staff

Director Patrick Wilson
Sophie Land
Movement Director
Joêl Daniel
Combat Director Jonathan Howell
Intimacy Director Clare Fox
Voice & Dialect Coach Robyn Hunt
Production Manager Steve O’Brien
Production Supervisors Bryony Rutter & Kim Towler
Stage Manager Freja Abrahams
Deputy Stage Manager Jude Llewelyn
Assistant Stage Managers Abby Haigh & Jack Morris
LX Designer & Operator Will Manthorpe
Sound Designer & Operator Will Muir
Costume Supervisor Rosie McMahon
Prop Making Supervisor Esther McDonald-McLuckie
Prop Makers Zoe Del Carlo, Kit Gannon, Shellie London, Jack McMahon, Frankie Neville, Aidan Toombs, Chris Wierzbicki
Construction Managers Jocelyn Chen & Joe Collins
Workshop Supervisor Jacob Manston
Construction Assistants Alice Boal, Alex Harrison, Jacob Manston, Max O’Malley-Mesher, Izzy Phillips, Archie Tong

Graduate Sahir Mehta
As soon as I visited the School, I fell in love with the place. Perhaps it sounds a bit irrational, but sometimes you get a vibe - and you just know! BOVTS gave me all the tools I needed to prepare for a career as an actor. Sahir Mehta, MA Professional Acting, 2018