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Written by Martha MacDonald
Directed by Martha MacDonald
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When Margot’s dad dies, her main worries are keeping it together during the eulogy and how she can’t listen to ‘The Cure’ without bursting into tears… never in a million years did she think he would actually leave her the f***ing tortoise.

This hibernating reptile has now outlived two generations of her family, and Margot’s worried that she might be next.

A whirligig of comedy, oversharing and heavily tortoise-themed therapy, Shell is a very funny show about some very unfunny things – trauma, mortality, illness, anxiety and familial responsibility.

As she deals with her grief, Margot has to figure out how to be normal around an animal which is simultaneously a pet, an heirloom and (she suspects) her dead relatives reincarnated. But what she first perceives as a sick dad joke from beyond the grave ends up giving Margot much more than she bargained for.

This is an unmissable debut starring Molly Byrne (News Revue, Friday Night Dinner) and written by Funny Women Award-shortlisted comedy writer Martha MacDonald.

Running time: 60 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 16+

Content Warnings: This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing. If this sounds like it could apply to you, you can view the content information by clicking the hyperlink.

Martha MacDonald

Martha MacDonald is a playwright, satirical columnist, sketch writer, viral hit stand-up poet and Funny Women Content Creator Award Finalist 2022. Martha is a credited writer on the first series of BBC Radio 4 sketch show 'DMs Are Open' and she has also been a playwright in residence with theatre companies Paines Plough and RIFT.


Artistic Team
Martha MacDonald
Martha MacDonald
Technical Operator
Becky Thornton
Molly Byrne

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