The Shark is Broken

Theatre (drama, new writing)

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  • Assembly George Square Studios - Three
  • 11:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Guy Masterson – TTI in Association with Shooting The Breeze
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 12 and above (12+)(Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months

Description

'You’re gonna need a bigger boat.' Jaws, Martha’s Vineyard 1974: three iconic actors, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss, are tortuously confined together on the Orca while filming, enduring endless delays, studio politics, foul weather and a constantly broken mechanical shark called Bruce. Conversation deteriorates into actor insecurities, competing egos, petty rivalry and excess alcohol consumption. Written by Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw (Robert Shaw’s son) inspired by his father’s diaries, this hilarious world premiere offers startling insights into the backstage Hollywood truths behind one of the greatest blockbusters of all time. Director: Guy Masterson.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: There is an alternative entrance used for the lift access which FOH will assist and guide with.If not taking the accessible route there are 6 steps up into the performance space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Scott 113 days ago

A fantastic performance from all three actors, channeling all three leads so uncannily well, this is as close as you will ever get to seeing the making of Jaws in the form of a play. Robert Shaws diaries have inspired a truly magnificent play that explores the male ego, fame, alcoholism and what creates great chemistry between actors in equal measure. I feel privileged to be among the first in the world to see this, and I could see it easily being a fixture in London's West End or Broadway. Anyone who is a fan of great acting, film making, or just brilliant writing in general should see this. My favourite play of the whole Fringe, The Shark Is Broken is the play of 2019.

Lynn Hand 116 days ago

This is a wonderful play: very funny yet perceptive in its exploration of masculinity and fatherhood. All cast members are excellent but seeing Ian Shaw playing his own father was particularly poignant.

Jayne Barr 120 days ago

Best show on the Fringe this year. Deserves a transfer to London:Soho Theatre; you should grab it now!

Peter Nightingale 123 days ago

This tops my list of 5* shows this year. Watching the show was like being transported back to 1975. I hope this show tours. A delight!

Jim Hewat 123 days ago

What a fantastic play and performances from all the actors. . Best show on the fringe this year

Sean Davis 126 days ago

The Shark is Broken (*****)
While making “Jaws, ”Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, and Richard Dreyfuss share many hours aboard a boat while waiting for Bruce, the mechanical shark, to be repeatedly repaired. Watching the hard drinking, irascible veteran Shaw berate the career conscious newcomer Dreyfuss provides much of the spark and humor of this piece while the working class Scheider acts as the level headed mediator and peer of Shaw. Shaw’s son wrote the script, and one nice touch is watching his father repeatedly rework a scene throughout the show until it becomes a powerful finale.

This was the 9th 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: www.fringefan.com.

Alex Smith 126 days ago

An absolutely fantastic show. Felt like I was watching the original actors. Some very funny bits and I would recommend.5 stars without a doubt

Christine McDerment 128 days ago

A really great show, funny and touching, Would thoroughly recommend it. Brilliant casting, excellent acting, good script.
Not sure if it's worth recommending though, as it all seems to be pretty much sold out. If you can get a ticket, do so.


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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

It’s hardly surprising that Ian Shaw’s new play The Shark Is Broken, co-written with Joseph Nixon and playing only on alternate days at George Square Studios, is attracting some of the most enthusiastic packed houses on the Fringe. ...

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British Theatre.com (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

Guy Masterson has given so many excellent productions to the Fringe, and here is yet another production of high quality acting and presentation.

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UK Theatre Network (5/5 stars) 120 days ago

What a privilege it was to be in the audience for The Shark is Broken. [...] Fascinating, not only for film fans but for those who appreciate fine acting, there is talk of a full version going to London and on tour. Don’t miss it!

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 120 days ago

It's well known that one of the greatest aspects of the classic horror movie Jaws was how it tantalisingly only showed the shark in glimpses until near the end. It's also common knowledge that one of the reasons behind this artistic choice was because the mechanical monster props continually broke...

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Edinburgh Evening News 120 days ago

In Martha’s Vineyard, 1974, three iconic actors are holed up together while enduring endless delays, studio politics and foul weather. In a claustrophobic cabin, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw wait to be called for their next scene. It has already been a long wait and with Bruce the...

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The Edinburgh Guide (5/5 stars) 123 days ago

In the summer of 1975, the Hollywood blockbuster Jaws created a tsunami wave of panic for beachgoers worldwide, but the making of the movie was also a dramatic nightmare. Ian Shaw co-wrote this play based on the behind-the-scenes diary of his late father Robert Shaw, who played Quint, the shark hunter.

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Edinburgh Guide (5/5 stars) 123 days ago

In the summer of 1975, the Hollywood blockbuster Jaws created a tsunami wave of panic for beachgoers worldwide, but the making of the movie was also a dramatic nightmare.  Ian Shaw co-wrote this play based on the behind-the-scenes diary of his late father Robert Shaw, who played Quint, the shark...

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Daily Business Magazine (5/5 stars) 124 days ago

With the play selling out its initial run and extra shows being added, there is only one conclusion you can reach – should have got a bigger theatre.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 129 days ago

Part insider look at the making of the film Jaws and part musings on what constitutes an artist, The Shark is Broken, written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon and directed by Guy Masterson, is exactly what the characters in the play are grappling with: A commercial piece of art...

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 130 days ago

Something unexpectedly profound and emotionally serrated lurks below the apparently frothy surface of this dive behind the scenes of the making of Jaws. Rewinding to the summer of 1974, when the demanding, fraught location shoot was underway on the waters off Martha’s Vineyard, The Shark is Broken offers more than...

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