Adelaide Fringe 2020 – Shell Shock – 5K

by Riccardo Barone

“Shell Shock is a glimpse into that world of confusion, doubt and disconnection. It’s not about war, it’s about what happens when people come home when the war is over” (Capt Gemma Morgan).
Those eyes have witnessed brutality and murder, pain and blood, brotherhood and mercy, won’t be able to stare at the real world without being affected by atrocious flashbacks and open eyes nightmares.
Those ears have heard the silence being dismembered by mortars and grenades, screams and whispers, voices-by-radio and children’s cries, won’t distinguish anymore a friendly sound of a broken glass from the explosion of the window where he was hiding with his precision rifle.
Life won’t be the same ever again, relationships with partners tend to crack, aggression and anger are constantly around the corner, no job stability at all; the bitter evidence of being good only for the army comes up to the surface day after day.
Tim Marriott majestically drives the audience to a visionary trip to the painful world of an ex soldier affected by PTSD. His character abundantly moves with his Manchester accent, with his tender naive behavior, but overall with his never ending willingness to retrieve happiness from the most ordinary things of life, such as shopping or dating his girlfriend.
A not-to-be-missed one man show, for its exemplary acting performance, direction and play.

Kryztoff rating: 5k

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