BoxedIn Theatre Presents: Shellshock!

Theatre (musical theatre, comedy)

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When Shelly, recent grad and marketing whizz, is summoned to the secret headquarters of the world's largest oil and gas company she thinks she's hit the big time. They've got a PR problem and need some fresh ideas fast. Little does she know there is a bubbling madness beneath the veneer of corporate perfection; threatening to engulf all in its path. So, come along and submerge yourself in this world of laughter, espionage, toe-tapping tunes, and one very, very old reptile.

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Lesley Benfield 80 days ago

Pure dead brilliant (scots for 'fantastic'). A more funny, original and talented show than we could have imagined. Amongst the best at the Fringe!!

Gareth Owen 81 days ago

A hugely enjoyable caper involving catchy tunes, self-aware humour, and a talking turtle. Silly and serious in almost equal measure, Shellshock is well worth supporting. Go and see it before it closes.
(Disclosure - I know many of the cast.)

Fiona Baker 83 days ago

There's a few days left to catch Shellshock, and it should be near the top of your list for ways to spend an afternoon at the Fringe. Fantastic zero waste venue, and with an actual grass floor, the perfect natural habitat for the tortoise / turtle. This is a stripped back musical, its simplicity is clever. Slick stand-out performances, at times poignant, strong vocals & harmonies, lough out loud moments, and stylish guitar acompaniment keeping things tight. Shellshock may have a serious message to make, but its not preachy and you'll come away feeling good about the whole experience. First class entertainment.

Tim Hepher 88 days ago

Original, clever musical set to brilliant guitar music in a fantastic zero-waste venue

Henry Peters 91 days ago

A brilliant show about the environment and practices of multi national corporations. The songs are brilliantly written, performed and all serve the overall message of the play. The character of turtle/tortoise is one of the funniest performances I’ve seen at the fringe. Would recommend to everyone!!

Stefan Elbourne 93 days ago

A fresh and poignant production brimming with enthusiastic, witty performances from a perfectly cast troupe of talented, energetic young theatremakers that will leave you entertained, amused and gently informed about the questionable motives of big businesses. Highly recommended!

Sean Davis 93 days ago

BoxedIn Theatre Presents: Shellshock! (*)
A recent graduate finds work for an oil company that is suffering from repeated public relations disasters. I felt like I was watching an unintentional implementation of “The Producers” strategy as this musical had a chaotic plot, banal lyrics that rarely rhymed, and weak singers who couldn’t carry a tune. The only aspect that seemed even slightly professional was the guitar player.

This was the 73rd most enjoyable of the 76 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 78 days ago

Housed inside the Fringe’s first ever zero waste venue, Shellshock! kicks off with a rousing musical number about the apparent impossibility of finding a job suited to your degree when it seems that every Tom, Dick and Harold have their own equivalent qualifications. Once our heroine Shelley (Alex Duckworth) lands...

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Bouquets and Brickbats (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

This is a lovely little play in a fascinating (and much-needed) venue.

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Musical Theatre Review (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

There is some laugh-out-loud musical pastiche, but with a dark underbelly. BoxedIn Theatre says it is aiming for “Little Shop of Horrors written by Bob Dylan”.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

A view of Arthur’s Seat, a range of shows, free music in the evening. What’s not to like, says Sally Stott...

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

A fresh-faced young intern full of dreams and ambitions joins an evil corporation, who want her to abandon her principles. We think we know where this is going; we’ve all seen Wolf of Wall Street, right? But Shellshock! is gloriously impossible to predict, and like an oil drilling-induced earthquake, at the end you won’t know what hit you.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

"...there’s no self-consciously serious message about the environment here, just lots of exuberant, youthful energy – which in itself offers a living, breathing, singing and dancing reminder of who we’re saving the planet for."

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