About the show

China Plate Presents

The Shape of the Pain

Developed by Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe 

Written by Chris Thorpe 

Directed by Rachel Bagshaw

With an original score by Melanie Wilson


‘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 new show from this Scotsman Fringe First award-winning team exploring life in extremity and the joy that can be found there.

All performances are captioned and audio described.

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


Cast & Creative Team

Performed by Hannah McPake 

Director | Rachel Bagshaw 

Writer | Chris Thorpe 

Original Score | Melanie Wilson

Designer | Madeleine Girling

Video & Lighting Designer | Joshua Pharo 

Movement Director  | Raquel Meseguer

Access/Audio Description Consultant | Michael Achtman

Production Manager | Helen Mugridge

Associate Director | Rachel Lincoln

Sound Associate | Kirsty Gillmore 

Video & Lighting Associate | Sarah Readman

Artist Wellbeing Practitioner | Louise Platt 


Produced by China Plate

Audio Flyer

Now Booking

3rd Jun 2017PULSE Festival, New Wolsey Theatre 
21st Jul 2017Preview, Battersea Arts Centre, London 
27th Jul 2017Preview, artsdepot, London 
2nd Aug 2017Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 
25th Sep 2017Grenzenlos Kultur Festival, Mainz, Germany 
20th Feb 2018 - 10th Mar 2018Battersea Arts Centre, LondonBook Online