China Plate & Staatstheater Mainz present


  • Written by Chris Thorpe, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin
  • 19 September 2019 - 20 September 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: Thursday 19 & Friday 20 September 2019 at 7.30pm

    TICKET INFORMATION: Adults £13 / £11 Concessions / £7 Under 26s & Student Tickets available on Thursday 19 September

    RUNNING TIME: Approx. 80 minutes


    BOOK TICKETS: Book online or call Box Office 0161 833 9833.


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    With your support, we can make brilliant theatre, tell stories, nurture new talent, and help as many people as possible get involved. 

  • Creative Team
  • WRITTEN BY: Chris Thorpe


  • Related Events

    Royal Exchange Associate Artist Chris Thorpe will be leading a free workshop on Thursday 19 September at 4.30pm.

    Based around the themes of the show - national identity and its formation, Brexit, borders, and the tension between individual and collective identity - this skills-based workshop will cover writing for performance, poetic text in performance, and making the relationship between a solo performer and audience dynamic and live in the room.

    VENUE: The Front Room

    PERFORMANCE DATE & TIME: Thursday 19 September, 4.30pm - 5.45pm

    TICKET INFORMATION: This workshop is FREE, but ticketed

    BOOK TICKETS: Book online or call Box Office 0161 833 9833.

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

  • ★★★★ 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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