by Justin Fleming

Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, July 2015

Shellshock is a love story. Granted, an unusual love story… between an Australian teenager and his mate Herman, a tortoise – the oldest living survivor of the Gallipoli campaign. When a newspaper article reveals the surprising identity of this last survivor, a mysterious woman from Turkey arrives at the Lindsay farm.

Fourteen year old Tom, his father Jack, and feisty grandmother June, become embroiled in a drama that takes them to the other side of the world, in search of answers, and the true origin of Herman.


Yalin Ozucelik – Kazan/ Narrator/ Security Guard
Jack Finsterer – Matthew Lindsay/ Jack Lindsay
Francesca Savige – Nurse/ Adile Goymen/ Soldier
Benson Jack Anthony – Tom Lindsay
Sandy Gore – June Lindsay/ Old Soldier
Herman – Himself


Playwright – Justin Fleming
Director – Wayne Harrison

Lighting Design – Matt Marshall
Sound Design – Nate Edmondson
Set and Costume Design – Anna Gardiner
Projection Design – Martin Kinnane
Puppet Creation and Performance – Sue Wallace
Animatronic Tortoise – Hannah Crosby

Original Music by Joseph Tawadros

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Shellshock is a well-made but charmingly offbeat exercise in storytelling calculated to appeal to a family audience.” – Sydney Morning Herald


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