China Plate & Staatstheater Mainz present


Written by Chris Thorpe, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin

  • Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.
  • 23 March 2019
  • The Studio

We all have a nationality. Or almost all of us. STATUS is a show about someone who doesn’t want his any more. About running away from the national story you’re given. About who is responsible for that story and what might happen to it if you give it up.  

A globe-spanning journey of attempted escape, with songs along the way. 

 “...the words are eloquent, the music essential and powerful, and the performance full of a brilliant, prowling precision…” 

Scotsman Fringe First Award Winner 2018 

★★★★ Guardian ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ The Scotsman 

★★★★ The Stage 


Support from British Council, Goethe-Institut London, Collaborative Touring Network and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio

    PERFORMANCE DATE & TIME: Saturday 23 March 2019 at 7.30pm

    RUNNING TIME: Approx 80 minutes 

    AGE GUIDANCE: 14+ 

    TICKET INFORMATION: Adults £13 / £11 Concessions 

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  • Creative Team
  • WRITTEN BY: Chris Thorpe


  • Chris Thorpe: Status - trailer from RB Films on Vimeo.

    Writer Chris Thorpe interviewed by Simon Stephens, Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre.

  • ★★★★ Guardian ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ Fest Mag ★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★ Spiked Online

    “With its magical-realist twists, the show has the strange pull of a Haruki Murakami novel, a dense and provocative barrage of reflections on a world in flux and our place within it.” Guardian

    “As ever with Chris Thorpe, the words are eloquent, the music essential and powerful, and the performance full of a brilliant, prowling precision…” Scotsman

    “…a searching, meticulously crafted, beautifully written piece, full of fragile conclusions about nationhood and privilege.” The Stage

    “Status is a sophisticated, hugely confident show, meticulously crafted in Thorpe’s bracing monologue and directed with assurance and remarkable insight by Rachel Chavkin…” ArtsDesk

    “…a scintillating, rigorous critique of something we often take for granted” Fest Mag

    "Thorpe’s metaphysical road trip is grittily real, discomfortingly surreal, densely poetic" Edinburgh Reporter

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