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17 & 18 SEP





Martha MacDonald

production team

‘Normally, pets teach kids about death by having the decency to die first. Having a tortoise isn’t like that. Having a tortoise is much, much darker. Having a tortoise teaches you about death in a completely different way because it forces you to contemplate your own mortality.

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 and written by Funny Women Award-shortlisted comedy writer Martha MacDonald.

This production is kindly supported by ArtHouse Jersey.

Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive in good time for the start time of 19:45.
Under 18s are not permitted into the theatre for this performance. 
No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. Refunds and exchanges are not available.


Molly Byrne

Molly Byrne is an actor, writer and combatant from Jersey in the Channel Islands. With a strong background in comedy performance, she has appeared in some of the UK’s top comedy shows (News Revue and Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner). She was also the recipient of the Stella Wilkie award from the King’s Head Theatre for her play Splinter, which she wrote at drama school and is currently in post production for her short film, Swim.


Martha MacDonald


Martha MacDonald

movement director

Joss J. MacDonald

publicity image

Holly Smith

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