States of Shock

by Sam Shepard

States of Shock had 4 performances about 13 years ago (between the 2nd of March 2005 and the 28th of July 2005) at Halifax and Cecil Hepworth Playhouse

A wild, surreal and scathing anti-war play whose characters embody the conflict and violent contradictions of America today.

In States of Shock Shepard puts America on stage not just as a geographical location but as a state of mind.

The deceptive calm of a family restaurant filled with two disgruntled customers and an inept waitress is disrupted by sounds of war and destruction. Thunderous drumming and flashing lights punctuate the action of the play, images of war, death and destruction are projected onto the back wall; all of which combine to give us a sense of hoplessness that we can never escape perpetual war fever and the destructive instinct.

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The Colonel - Wally Walters

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Stubbs - Marc Anderson

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Glory-Bee - Anne Nunn

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White Man - Nigel Smith

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White Woman - Jill Payne

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Director - Judith Dolley

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Stage Manager - Liz Thomas

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Sound and Special Effects - Mark Humble

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Sound and Special Effects - Ian Santry

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Lighting - Bill Payne

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Set Design and Construction - John Godliman

Best Play Elmbridge Drama Festival - 2005
Best Director Judith Dolley Elmbridge Drama Festival - 2005
Best Actor Wally Walters Elmbridge Drama Festival - 2005
Best Actress Anne Nunn Elmbridge Drama Festival - 2005
Technical Award AETF South Division Final - 2005
Stage Presentation Award AETF Area Final - 2005