Project Description

‘‘An astonishingly brilliant production…one of the best debut plays I have ever seen’
Saturday Review’

Radio 4


‘Bailey’s a major talent to be reckoned with’

Evening Standard


‘Bailey’s play is unerring’

Sunday Times


‘Moving and absorbing and consummately performed’

The Stage


‘A cracking debut with a superb cast. One of the best short plays on right night’




Morning Star

“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, but can they grow up quickly enough to escape the system?

Winner of the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize from 1,406 entries, Shook tenderly and honestly examines the young men society shuts away.

Papatango’s original production transfers to the West End after a sensational UK tour which broke box office records, won rave reviews and earned multiple award nominations.


Writer – Samuel Bailey
Director – George Turvey
Designer – Jasmine Swan
Lighting Designer – Johanna Town
Assistant Director – Lisa Diveney
Sound Designer – Richard Hammarton
Press & Publicity – Kate Morley PR


Josef Davies
Josh Finan
Andrea Hall
Ivan Oyik

Trafalgar Studios