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Shack by George Kemp


THEMES: Leadership, Helplessness, Agency
LENGTH: 70 Minutes
NO. OF CHARACTERS: 9, Large Cast
SUITABLE FOR: Middle Years

Zip up your warmest parka and be ready for anything…


Winner of the 2020 Junior ATYP Foundation Commission, Shack by George Kemp explores the power of nature and the nature of power in this adventure story for the Greta Thunberg generation.


Antarctica. A blizzard. Nine school kids are stranded in a shack, on the bottom of the world, with a sinister force circling outside… Our young explorers, in the ghostly footsteps of Ernest Shackleton, question their place in the natural and social order of the world as the limits of their courage are pushed into uncharted waters. A hypothermic flurry of comedy and thriller, Shack explores the territory between teen anxiety and teen invincibility. Young people are being called on to lead like never before, but how do they learn to step up, when sometimes just existing is hard enough?!


Shack was the winner of the ATYP Foundation Commission (cast aged 10-13 years) in 2020. It premiered at The Rebel Theatre, ATYP on 25 Nov 2022.

ISBN: 978 1 922424 52 5 

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm

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