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

Directed by Rachel Bagshaw   

Written by Chris Thorpe 

Designed by Madeleine Girling    

Video and Lighting Design by Joshua Pharo 

Composition and Sound Design by Melanie Wilson 

Movement by Raquel Meseguer 

Access/Audio Description Consulting by Michael Achtman 

Production Management by Helen Mugridge

Produced by China Plate


Now Booking

3rd Jun 2017PULSE Festival, New Wolsey Theatre 
21st Jul 2017Preview, Battersea Arts Centre, LondonBook Online
27th Jul 2017Preview, artsdepot, LondonBook Online
2nd Aug 2017Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe FestivalBook Online