Performed on Friday 18th May 2001 and Saturday 19th May 2001
Shock Tactics was first produced in 1965 at the Playhouse, Erith. It is a play about Fred, a home-built computer with a heart of gold and a mind of his own. Fred is not so much programmed as perverse, given to uttering embarassing remarks at inopportune moments. He is the brain-child of George Shaw and all-but destroys the courtship of his creator's daughter, Mary. Fred predicts that Mary will marry a red-haired man with spectacles, a description her fiance Peter doesn't fit! Fred does however have a redeeming feature; he is able to forecast the weather with complete accuracy. News of this reaches the Met Office, who send a spy to infiltrate the household, but he is hindered by Poppy, the aspiring assistant and Uncle Ben, the renegade relation.