Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe: The Shape of the Pain

Date:Wed 03 Apr
Price:£12.50 (£8 con)

Presented by China Plate

Fringe First-winning production about love, perception and constant, relentless pain.

‘I don't have to remember being in pain. I'm not sure that's something we can do. And in my case, it's irrelevant. You can't remember something that's still happening’

One woman attempts to articulate her experience of physical pain. Pain with no apparent cause. Also, she’s met someone, and they want to make this work. 

Words and an original sound score combine to create an explosive dialogue about love and perception. An experiment in how we talk about pain - and if we ever do that in a way someone else can understand.

A Scotsman Fringe First award-winning show exploring life in extremity and the joy that can be found there. 

★★★★ The Guardian  ★★★★ Sunday Times ★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine

★★★★ Fest ★★★★ British Theatre Guide  ★★★★ British Theatre  


This is an exercise in empathy – and it is exhilarating theatre.”  The Guardian

This performance is captioned and audio described.

★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine

“The masterful combination of sound design, lighting and projections coinciding with McPake’s performance offers an overwhelming glimpse into a life unwillingly shared with pain.” 


★★★★ Fest 

“Theatre’s been called an empathy machine. The Shape of The Pain tests its very limits. Searing stuff.”  


★★★★ Sunday Times

“This one-woman show is a smart, funny and far from disconsolate inquiry into the knowability of someone else’s experience. The sound design and visuals have a pulsing power.” 


★★★★ British Theatre Guide 

“The Shape of the Pain...is tastefully directed by Rachel Bagshaw, making good use of multimedia. The result makes for a compelling evening.” 


★★★★ British Theatre 

“The show’s power is down to an incredible performance by Hannah McPake...whose delivery ranges from calm and droll to intensely expressive and moving.”

Age: 14+

Duration: 70 minutes (no interval)
PLEASE NOTE: There are moments in the show when this is rapid flashing lights and like strobe.

The performance is captioned as part of the AV design. The captioning is mostly projected in the centre of the set above the performer. Sometimes it is also to the right or left of her.

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

All prices shown include booking fees.

Written by Chris Thorpe

Directed by Rachel Bagshaw
With an original score by Melanie Wilson

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The New Wolsey Theatre.  Supported by artsdepot. 
Funded by The Wellcome Trust and supported using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.