by David French
by lorne ElliotT
It’s a splendid, moon-filled night at Coley’s Point, Newfoundland in August, 1926. Eighteen-year old Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to the tiny outport, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and she is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year earlier. She will not be easily wooed.
Shaw and co-star Helen Killorn produced this classic piece of Canadian theatre with support from the Theatre Engaging Communities grant, and was originally produced in partnership with the Fort Mcmurray Heritage Society at the Fort Mcmurray Heritage Shipyard.
"... the main attractions are French’s smart, funny, heartfelt script and the charming, genuine performances from Killorn & Shaw." - The Buzz
Culture Shock is a full cast comedic performance by three actors, Lorne Elliott, Paul Broadbent, and Justin Shaw, playing nine characters in this hilarious tale. It’s the tale of Hillyard Philpott, a lad from Newfoundland who, bored with life in his outport, hits the road for Montreal to seek fame and fortune armed only with his wits. Hillyard's wits being what they are, one could expect nothing but trouble. However, things are never what they seem...
The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, and CBC Radio have called it "A maritime classic" and "A wacky sendup" and described it as creating "continuous laughter."