Use code "MIDYEAR" for 30% off Publications before July 31st*

*Except on publications already on sale or bundled

Undertow by Hayden Jones and Sam Foster


THEMES: Resilience, Mental Health , Relationships and Identity
50 minutes
17 Characters
SUITABLE FOR: Middle & Senior Years

Undertow is an honest and powerful look at the hidden forces, beneath the surface that move us and determine the choices we make and the actions we take.

Bundle & Save 20%

Fuel by Hayden Jones and Sam Foster

When fuel is added to the fire, who will get burnt?

Viral by Hayden Jones and Sam Foster

What is the price of internet fame?


Shock Therapy’s Undertow is an honest and powerful look at the hidden forces, beneath the surface that move us and determine the choices we make and the actions we take.


Centering around a high school community, the show follows a group of individuals, from a range of backgrounds, all dealing with their own unique challenge.

Shock Therapy draw on a range of film conventions and physical theatre techniques to push their signature style in a new direction, blurring the line between different realities. The result is storytelling that is fluid and inventive, sweeping you up in its current as the story pulls you deeper.


Undertow was first produced by Shock Therapy and SunPac premiering at SunPac Theatre on February 14, 2020.

ISBN: 978 1 922424 05 1

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm

Education Notes

Shock Therapy Productions often take an eclectic approach to their style of theatre, drawing on a range of theatrical influences to create work that feels inventive and contemporary. The education notes in Undertow explores the stylistic influences such as Epic Theatre, Physical Theatre, Tandem Narrative and Fractured Tandem structure through various activities and discussion.

Due to the sensitive nature of topics discussed in Undertow, it is encouraged that educators provide access to onsite and external support services to the students if required.


"Wow! What a great show we were treated to. The Year 10 boys can’t stop talking about it. It was clever, sensitive and engaging. The messages were timely and powerful. I just wish every teenager got to see it!"

Emilia Keene, Head of Arts, Iona College, 2020

Performance Rights

Let Playlab help you obtain the performance rights for your production. Simply click on ‘Performance Rights Enquiry Form’ below and we will get you on track to having your production off the page and onto stage.

Performance Rights Enquiry Form

Any performance or public reading of any text published by Playlab is forbidden unless a licence has been received from the author or the author’s agent. The purchase of a Playlab publication in no way gives the purchaser the right to perform the play in public, whether by means of a staged production or as a reading. Please direct all inquiries concerning performance rights, publication, translation or recording rights to info@playlabtheatre.com.au or call us on (07) 3220 2763.