Sat 30 March 2019

Spring 2019 | Theatre
China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz present

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

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.

Supported by the British Council, Goethe-Institut London, the Collaborative Touring Network and using public funding by the national lottery through Arts Council England.




Chris is Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange, Manchester – work for them Includes There Has Possibly Been An Incident and the upcoming The Mysteries. Other theatre work includes Victory Condition and The Milk of Human Kindness for the Royal Court and Beowulf for the Unicorn. He also has ongoing collaborations with Rachel Chavkin (Confirmation/Status), Lucy Ellinson (TORYCORE), Portugal's mala voadora (Overdrama/HouseGarden/Dead End/Your Best Guess) and Hannah Jane Walker (The Oh Fuck Moment/I Wish I Was Lonely). Chris was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and is an Associate of Live Art/ Theatre company Third Angel. Chris has recently collaborated with Rachel Bagshaw, writing the Fringe First Awarded The Shape of the Pain in 2017. Chris's work tours internationally and is also regularly produced for stage and radio throughout Europe and in the US, including the upcoming premiere of Victory Condition at Residenzteater Munich, and the Italian productions of There Has Possibly Been an Incident and Confirmation were awarded the Premio Franco Enriquez 2018.


Rachel is a New York based director/dramaturg/writer, and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM. Since its founding in 2004, Rachel has directed/co-authored all of the TEAM’s work, including RoosevElvis (which recently completed a sold-out run in NYC as part of PS122’s COIL Festival and which is now touring nationally and internationally), and Mission Drift, created by the company with composer Heather Christian and playwright/dramaturg Sarah Gancher (last seen a sold-out run at London’s National Theatre). Outside of the TEAM Rachel also regularly collaborates with writers and composers on new work. She has had multiple collaborations with composer Dave Malloy, including the critically acclaimed and immersively staged electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino) which she has received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical for, has made Top Ten 2012 and 2013 lists at The New York Times, Time Out New York and New York Post, and which earned Rachel and Dave an Obie Award. Rachel is about to go into rehearsals for Hadestown at the National Theatre.


Katherine lives in Edinburgh. Forthcoming designs include Women in Power (directed by Blanche McIntyre at Nuffield Southampton); Gagarin Way (directed by Cora Bissett at Dundee Rep) and Hole (with RashDash at the Royal Court). Recent designs include: All of Me (with Caroline Horton and China Plate);The Rivals (Watermill); Partus (Third Angel); Flood-Part Four (SlungLow); Two Man Show and The Darkest Corners (RashDash), Instructions for Border Crossings, Going Viral and (Daniel Bye), Big Guns (Yard Theatre), Medea (Bristol Old Vic), An Injury (Permanent Red); Am I Dead Yet? (Unlimited) and Ode To Leeds (West Yorkshire Playhouse). She was lead artist on the Love Letters to the Home Office project and the founder of Crew for Calais.


Tanuja is a Director and Sound Designer who works across theatre, film and digital sound. She has worked with artists including Selina Thompson, Timothy X Atack, Dipika Guha, Sam Halmarack, Eno Mfon, Sookie Greene and Raucous. Her work has been developed and presented nationally and internationally, including at: the National Theatre (London), Bristol Old Vic, Seattle International Film Festival, Brighton Festival, Channel 4 television, NexT International Film Festival (Bucharest), BIOS (Athens) and Sura Medura (Sri Lanka). She is co-Artistic Director of Sleepdogs, a wide-ranging collaboration with writer and composer Timothy X Atack. She is a Leverhulme Arts Scholar attached to Bristol Old Vic and a resident at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio


Andrzej works as a Video, Projection and Set Designer internationally across all forms of live performance. Video Designs include: Me And My Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre) People, Places and Things (National Theatre, West End, St Ann’s Warehouse, UK Tour); Groundhog Day (Broadway, Old Vic); Frost/Nixon (Sheffield Crucible); Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse, NT Live); 1984 (Northern Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, Sky Arts); Kiss Of The Spider Woman (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Suicide, From Morning To Midnight, (National Theatre); Relative Values (West End); Sweet Bird Of Youth, The Boy in the Striped Pyjama’s, Pressure (Chichester Festival Theatre, UK Tour, Park Theatre); No’s Knife (Old Vic Theatre, Abbey Theatre); Carousel (Barbican); Rent (St James Theatre, UK Tour 2016-17); Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Abbey Theatre); Man To Man (Edinburgh Festival, BAM, UK Tour); No Way Back (Frantic Assembly). Andrzej was recently nominated for a Drama Desk Award (People, Places and Things), won the 2017 Theatre and Technology Award for Creative Innovation in Video Design (Room) and was nominated for the first ever Whatsonstage Award for Video Design in 2017 (Groundhog Day). Upcoming work includes Set and Video Design for Frantic Assembly’s The Unreturning.


Jörg was born in Hamburg and studied theatre, sociology and pedagogy in Erlangen, Berlin and Amsterdam. While studying, he was, among other things, assistant director of the Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin and co-organizer of ARENA - International Week of the Young Theatre in Erlangen. 1999/00 he was a dramaturgy assistant at the Schauspiel Hannover, from 2000 to 2002 dramaturge at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and from 2002 to 2006 dramaturge at the Schauspiel Cologne. He worked together with Albrecht Hirche, Niklaus Helbling, Friederike Heller and Sebastian Baumgarten. From 2006 to 2014 he was a leading theatre dramaturg at the Oldenburg State Theater, curator for the PAZZ-Festival and director of the Go West-Theater festival in Flanders and the Netherlands. Since 2014/2015 he has been the director of drama at the Staatstheater Mainz. There, among other things, he was lead dramaturge on The Snow Queen (directed by Christina Rast), The Sirens of Titan (directed by Niklaus Helbling), Burns (directed by Klaus Schumacher), Water by the spoonful (Director: KD Schmidt), Ramstein Air Base Game of Drones, Master and Margarita, Nibelungen (all directed by Jan-Christoph Gockel), Spamalot (directed Ekat Cordes), Sleepless Coproduction with Analogue (UK) (directed by Hannah Barker) Every brilliant thing (director:Jana Vetten) and ForsterHuberHeyne Coproduktion with De Koe and the NWE Tijd (B).


Eugenia studied stage and costume design at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Since then, she has been designing costumes at the Theater Bonn, the Vereinigte Städtische Bühnen Krefeld / Mönchengladbach, the Prinzregententheater in Munich, the University of Haifa in Haifa / Israel and the Nibelungen Festival in Worms. In addition, Leis was responsible for designing numerous theatre and film projects.The costume design for Orestes (director: Niklaus Helbling) was her second work at the Staatstheater Mainz after the stage and costume design for The Unmarried (Director: Jana Vetten).


China Plate is an independent theatre studio that works with artists, venues, festivals and funders to challenge the way performance is made, who it’s made by and who gets to experience it. They are Associate Producers at Warwick Arts Centre, Artistic Associates at the New Wolsey Theatre (Directors of PULSE Festival), Programmers of New Directions (the NRTF showcase), producers of The Darkroom, The Optimists and First Bite/Bite Size Festivals. The company is currently collaborating with Caroline Horton, Chris Thorpe / Rachel Chavkin, Contender Charlie, Dan Jones, Sarah Punshon, Rachel Bagshaw, Inspector Sands, Joan Clevillé, David Edgar, Katie Lyons / Ella Grace and Ben Wright.



★★★★ 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

show details

Dates: Sat 30 Mar
Times: 7:30pm
Running time: 80mins (no interval)
Strong language throughout
Prices: £12.00 / £10.00 Conc.
Charges:  £1.50 postage

Venue: Unity One

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