Prize-winning play Shook - set in a young offenders' institution - comes to Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre

The winner of this year’s Papatango New Writing Prize, from a record number of entries, the world premiere of Samuel Bailey’s Shook comes to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre on Saturday.

Monday, 25th November 2019, 11:15 am
Updated Monday, 25th November 2019, 11:16 am
Josef Davies and Ivan Oyik.

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?

Samuel Bailey’s debut examines the young men society shuts away.

Directed by Papatango’s artistic director George Turvey, Shook features Josef Davies, Josh Finan, Andrea Hall and Ivan Oyik.

Papatango is a charity which discovers and champions new playwrights by running free, open-application opportunities.

The Papatango New Writing Prize is free to enter and open to any resident of the UK or Ireland. It is assessed anonymously by a reading team.

All entrants receive personal feedback on their scripts.

The winner is guaranteed a full production, publication, royalties and commission.

Writers discovered through the prize have won BAFTAs, OffWestEnd and Royal National Theatre Foundation awards, premiered in more than 20 countries, and worked with the RSC, National Theatre, BBC and HBO.

Shook can be seen in the McCarthy on Saturday November 30.

Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at