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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

This year the Army is delighted to once again be hosting Army@TheFringe at our Reserve Centre at Hepburn House, East Claremont Street in Edinburgh. This year’s programme is larger and more international than in 2017 and has a strong emphasis on diversity.

It explores many different experiences of military life, past and present, with the hope of providing insight and stimulating debate about war, conflict and the role of the Armed Forces in today’s world.

We very much hope you will join us for the performances, after-show discussions, photographic exhibition – and to have a drink and a chat in the Mess.

Brigadier Robin Lindsay 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

In the news

Shell Shock Works to Bring Help for Heroes

An award-winning Fringe play is working to raise awareness and funds for the veterans’ charity Help for Heroes. Adapted from Kosovo and Iraq veteran Neil Blower Watkins’ acclaimed novel it follows the story of Tommy Atkins who suffers undiagnosed post traumatic stress...

Familiar Stranger – Virtual Realities

See trailer here. A new performance piece melding live theatre and virtual reality has just opened as part of Army@TheFringe. Familiar Strangerbrings together live acting and virtual reality to tell the story of an Iraq War veteran returning to civilian life. The...