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“A compelling account of PTSD where the character shares centre stage with the issue, rather than simply being the vehicle through which it is presented”

★★★★★ – TheReviewsHub

“This is a thoughtful and engaging play that reminds us that some of the wounds of war may be invisible but can all the same be fantastically debilitating”

★★★★ – British Theatre Guide


Based on interviews with women married to Commonwealth Soldiers in the British Army. These women offer insights into life as part of a forces family highlighting the particular experience of Commonwealth soldiers in a piece, which includes music from Fiji and Scotland.


Shell Shock is one soldier’s story of coping with the symptoms which can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tommy Atkins’ observations on life on civvy street are poignant, frequently comic and always moving. His over-emotional responses to post office queues, a trip to Ikea, his relationships and family lead to alienation and anger.

Welcome to Army@TheFringe 2018

The Army invites you into ‘our home’, a real-life Army Reserve Centre in Edinburgh’s New Town. Programmed and run in association with Summerhall, Edinburgh’s most daring and respected year-round multi-arts venue, Army@The Fringe is staffed by serving soldiers. Join us for a cutting-edge performance programme sparking conversations about what the Army is and what it stands for in 21st Century society.

10-25 August 2018

Hepburn House Army
Reserve Centre
89 East Claremont Street

What a privilege, in association with Summerhall, to be hosting Army@TheFringe once again at our Reserve Centre, Hepburn House, East Claremont Street. We have an outstanding programme of talented artists across a spectrum of genres, who will draw from history and more recent experiences to stimulate conversations about war, conflict and our people living and working in Defence today. By opening our doors we aim to open festivalgoers’ minds to our diverse and inclusive family culture and the powerful bonds of belonging.

Brigadier Gary Deakin CBE Brigade Commander
51st Infantry Brigade
and Army Headquarters Scotland

For Summerhall’s Fringe programmes, we look for work which has something to say about the world we live in and which is saying it
in an interesting way. Our programme at the Army Reserve Centre fits that model, in a contemporary response to the long tradition of artists making work about war and conflict. The programme at the Army Reserve Centre includes work looking at memories of past wars, contemporary responses to more recent conflicts, and work which tries to give civilians an insight into the life of today’s soldiers. We look forward to working with the Army to present the programme and to welcome you to the Centre.

Verity Leigh
Festival Programme Manager Summerhall

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