Chris Thorpe: Status

Date:Thu 17 Oct
Price:Pay What You Feel

Presented by Chris Thorpe, China Plate & Staatstheater Mainz. Written and performed by Chris Thorpe. Developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin.

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. 



Status takes as its starting point the Theresa May’s assertion that 'if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere'.

In a work that departs in style and subject matter from Confirmation, Chris and Rachel draw on globe-spanning conversations, from people who have found themselves stateless, to those for whom national identity is a defining characteristic. Incorporating songs as well as stories, Status is about the impulse to escape national identity, and whether that impulse - for those privileged enough to consider it – is a useful one, or a rejection of responsibility open only to the few.

Status reunites Chris Thorpe with director Rachel Chavkin, his collaborator on the hugely acclaimed Confirmation, which won a Fringe First at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe before touring nationally and internationally. The second in what will eventually be a trilogy of plays examining the intersection between our individual humanity and our politics.

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

A post-show talk will follow this event.

Part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas


From this autumn you can Pay What You Feel for the majority of our arts programme, with tickets from £2.50. All seating is unreserved and every ticket receives the same great experience. So whether you’re feeling flush or short on cash, you can come with us on some amazing artistic journeys.

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

Warning: This performance contains strong language.

Age: 14+

Duration: 80 mins (no interval) + post show talk

Box office and bar open 1 hour before event start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.


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.