Samuel Bailey’s Shook – World premiere cast announced

Papatango has announced the full cast for the World Premiere of Samuel Bailey’s Shook at Southwark Playhouse and on tour.

Papatango Shook Samuel Bailey

Papatango today announces the full cast for the world première of Samuel Bailey’s Shook – this year’s winner of the annual Papatango New Writing Prize. The company’s Artistic Director George Turvey will direct Josef Davies (Jonjo), Josh Finan (Cain), Andrea Hall (Grace), and Ivan Oyik (Riyad).

“He’ll look different. My little boy. When I get out. Like… to the picture I’ve got in my head. Be like meeting him all over again. Be a whole new start.”

Instead of GCSEs, Cain, Riyad and Jonjo got sentences. Locked up in a young offenders’ institution, they trade sweets, chat shit, kill time – and await fatherhood.

Grace’s job is to turn these teenagers into parents, ready to take charge of their futures. But can they grow up quickly enough to escape the system?

Winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize from a record 1,406 entries, Samuel Bailey’s debut full production tenderly and honestly examines the young men society shuts away.

Samuel Bailey was born in London and raised in the West Midlands. He began writing plays in Bristol and developed work with Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Theatre West before moving back to London. He is an alumnus of the Old Vic 12 and Orange Tree Writers’ Collective. Shook was originally supported by the MGCfutures bursary programme, and will be his debut full production.


30 October – 23 November 2019
Southwark Playhouse

26 November 2019
Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

27 – 28 November 2019
Theatr Clwyd, Mold

30 November 2019
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

4 – 7 December 2019
Marlowe Theatre Canterbury
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