Honouring the ANZACs with Riverside Theatre’s production of Shellshock

As many would know, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC troops landing on Gallipoli, Turkey, during WWI. The Gallipoli campaign has always been an important one in Australian history, with many saying that it defined the nation.  The tragedy of it was that the troops who landed on ANZAC Cove (as it’s now known) stood very little chance of advancing on the opposing Turkish troops.  It was a bloodbath, and 25th April (the first day of the 8 month campaign) will be remembered as a day when ANZAC troops faced insurmountable odds to fight for their country.  It’s not celebrated as a day of military victory, but rather to commemorate those who gave their lives in war.  ANZAC Day now recognises all those who served in all wars Australia and New Zealand has fought.

From this story of lives lost and the “birth of a nation” comes Riverside Theatre‘s new production, SHELLSHOCK.  It’s been described as “elevating”, “intimate”, “beautiful” and “touching”, and will shed more light on the ANZAC experience.

ANZAC Cove.  Featured image via Pixabay under Creative Commons CC0 http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en

ANZAC Cove. Featured image via Pixabay under Creative Commons CC0

It’s an unusual starting point for quite a weighty subject.  Fourteen-year-old Aussie teen Tom is the proud owner of Herman, a tortoise, who happens to be the oldest living survivor of the Gallipoli campaign.  Tom, his father and his grandmother set out to discover the true origin of Herman.

What’s also interesting about this production is the use of shadow puppets throughout, alongside the cast including Jack Finsterer (Kokoda), Sandy Gore (Uncle Vanya, Australia and TV’s Prisoner) and Yalin Ozucelik (TV’s Gallipoli). Whilst sure to be entertaining, it will also be unbelievably moving and uplifting at the same time.

If you’re still looking for ways to commemorate the ANZACs post April 25, get yourself down to SHELLSHOCK for a moving and warm theatre experience.


Cast & Crew
Directed by:
Wayne Harrison; Produced by: Camilla Rountree; Set & Costumer Design by: Anna Gardiner; Lighting Design by: Matt Marshall; Puppetry by: Sue Wallace; Music by: Joseph Tawadros; Sound Design by: Nate Edmondson; Acting by: Yalin Ozucelik, Jack Finisterer, Francesca Savige, Benson Jack Anthony, Sandy Gore

Thurs 30 July 11am; Fri 31 July & Sat 1 Aug 7:30pm; Mon 3 Aug & Tues 2 Aug 11am; Wed 5 Aug 11am & 7:30pm; Thurs 6 Aug & Fri 7 Aug 7:30pm; Sat 8 Aug 2:15pm & 7:30pm

Adult $49 / Conc $44 / 30 and Under $35 / School Students $23

From the Box Office (02) 8839 3399 or www.riversideparramatta.com.au

Venue: Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta




  1. […] have been keen to check out an ANZAC-related production at the Riverside Theatre called SHELLSHOCK, which I’ve mentioned previously.  Opening night is 30th July and it’s part of the […]

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