Theatre (drama, modern)

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  • theSpaceTriplex - Jenner Theatre
  • 13:10
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: New Celts productions and Twisted Corners
  • Warnings and additional info: 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 1 year


For Cain, Ryan and Jonjo life as young offenders is tough. Each there for different reasons, they are forced to spend their sentences together, killing time by exchanging sweets, banter and truths, sharing one thing in common – awaiting fatherhood. With their responsibilities as parents impending, Grace must help them turn from boys to men before they are forever lost to the system that failed them as children. This new and exciting piece of writing is a must-see for its honesty, timely themes and persistent comedy, guaranteed to make audiences leave laughing and with something to think about.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: One step at main entrance, platform lift to space
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 1
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Alex 20 days ago

Highlight of the Festival for me! Incredibly powerful. The 4 actors were excellent, with well rounded believable characters. Moments that were laugh out loud funny, but left me blubbing at the end. One of those stories that stays with you long after the performance has ended. Five stars

Madeline Reid 24 days ago

Excellent acting all 4 characters were totally believable which drew me right in from the start. The direction was great with a constant motion of pictures throughout the play and we'll drawn characters. If you get a chance to go see this play go.... it was excellent. Well done to all involved can't speak highly enough about this production. Standing ovation today and deservedly so. Fab fab fab

Ben White 24 days ago

Almost certainly excellent - got a standing ovation. But could these guys not be persuaded to listen to the reviewers below who say it is incredibly difficult to understand one or two of the cast? Shame to throw the message away.

Susan Bullivant 24 days ago

One of the best dramas I've seen in 20 years of Fringe-going, all cast excellent, well written and moving. 5*. Highly recommended

Graeme King 24 days ago

A hugely impressive performance from a group of recent graduates. Choosing to perform an award winning play helps but they have smoothly transferred it to a Scottish setting. The dialogue captures an authentic Scottish pace, rhythm and vocabulary. All 4 performances are assured, believable and nuanced. The direction superbly balances edginess and vulnerability. An excellent production.

Clare Lubin 25 days ago

The show was well acted and dealt well with a difficult issue but I didn’t understand much of what was said as the accent was too strong particularly when they spoke fast so I missed much of the story.

carl gombrich 26 days ago

This was a class above anything else we have found at the Fringe this year. From the first scene in which the jumpy, belligerent Cain is quickly dominated by a seemingly bullying Ryan, to the surprising end, it maintains an engrossing rhythm of surprises, pathos and humour. Beautifully drawn and developed characters, superb script. Proper theatre. Do yourself a favour and get along.

James McLevy 26 days ago

I was completely engrossed with this show. Such a brilliant script with fantastic acting by all four cast. Each character had depth and substance to them, which took you on an emotional rollercoaster, highlighting subjects which are all too common for children and young people brought up in domestic chaos, then ending up being pawns in the criminal justice system. The story told through the lives of the young people may have differing effects on the audience. Despite the humour and enormous energy displayed on stage, I personally felt sad at the end of the show, but their stories should be told and listened to.

Helen Schofield 27 days ago

This is quite the best thing I have seen this year and the four young actors were all powerful and engaging performers. I was moved beyond words. In my life I have met the young people in Polmont they potrayed or many like them and I felt the despair of seeing their young lives ruined. Beautiful piece of theatre and the writing was excellent, complex and confused young people and an adult who was powerless to really help them. Go and see this if you can.

Juliet Barnett 28 days ago

Brilliantly acted showing sadly the hopelessness affecting many in young offenders institutions
Had me in tears at the end !

Lorna Joy 31 days ago

Very thought-provoking play, extremely well acted by the 4 cast members. Comic as well as tragic.

Linda Power 33 days ago

Fantastic performances by all in this thought-provoking play. A story of 3 very different inmates each trying to cope with their troubled lives the only way they know how to. I’d recommend and will be going for a second time if possible!

Jeremy Hicks 35 days ago

Does “Shook” need another positive review? Well written, punchy and superbly acted. You really believe in the three characters and the real people behind the tough guy exteriors. But non-Scots might need a simultaneous translator!

Andrew Kimble 36 days ago

Shook is a captivating work of theatre with a rough exterior and an emotional heartfelt core. Each member of the cast truly captures the essence of their character so perfectly, leaving you feeling like you have experienced their hardships alongside them. Go and see this play!

Jen Deery 36 days ago

Excellent performances by all the cast. Story felt very real. Would recommend.

Big Fan 38 days ago

Fantastic performance by all the cast who all individually gave a really strong performance. It's a must see show.

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Fringebiscuit (5/5 stars) 19 days ago

A slice-of-life look at young offenders awaiting fatherhood, Twisted Corners excels in realising intricate characters. The slow-burning script and mature performances expose the explicit and tacit hurdles faced by young men conditioned by and subject to a brutal system.

Theatre Extra (4/5 stars) 30 days ago

A well written and well acted play that is well worth seeing.

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Theatre, Films and Art Reviews (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

The outstanding cast delivers a raw testosterone-fueled performance. Prepare to be left feeling uncomfortable as the subjects raised will be emotionally challenging at times. We witness Art imitating life at its best as we watch how real-life events can leave people in a state of “Shook”.

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