Shook, the dynamic, gritty, and darkly humorous play offers an unflinching portrayal of marginalised voices. Winner of the UK Papatango New Writing Prize 2019, Samuel Bailey’s work explores whether individuals born into adversity can ever truly overcome their circumstances. It recently played at the Old Fitz Theatre and is now showing at The Substation from 16 May until 1 June 2024.

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What’s Shook about? 

Confined within the walls of a perilous youth detention center, teenagers Riyad and Cain engage in a mix of banter, candy trades, and envision their impending fatherhood. Their routine is disrupted when they encounter the enigmatic newcomer Jonjo during a parenting workshop. 

Speculating about his offence, they embark on a journey of self-discovery under the guidance of the pragmatic social worker, Grace. As months pass, they confront their masculinity, relationships, and aspirations. Will they seize the chance to break free from the system, or will they remain trapped and uncertain? 

New dates released for May at the Substation.

  • When: 16 May – 1 June 2024
  • Where: The Substation, Qtopia Sydney
  • Purchase tickets here

Content Warnings: Shook contains strong language, loud noises, and flashing lights. The production includes references to suicide, self-harm, domestic violence, gangs, and drug use. There are scenes of a violent nature, sexually explicit language, and occasions of homophobic, misogynistic, ableist, and racist language. Age advisory 14+.