China Plate & Staatstheater Mainz present


An award-winning play by Chris Thorpe and Rachel Chavkin.





China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz present


Written by Chris Thorpe, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin.

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre and Les Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg and supported by the British Council, Goethe-Institut London and the Collaborative Touring Network.


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. Status springs from conversations about who we might be, and whether your country needs you more than you might need it.


A new show from the multi Fringe First winning team that created Confirmation: written and performed by Chris Thorpe (Unlimited Theatre, Third Angel) developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin (The TEAM).

 ★★★★ Time Out

 ★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Fest Mag

★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter

“… the words are eloquent, the music essential and powerful, and the performance full of a brilliant, prowling precision…” Scotsman Fringe First Award Winner 2018

“…a searching, meticulously crafted, beautifully written piece about nationhood and privilege” The Stage

"...a dense and provocative barrage of reflections on a world in flux and our place within it.” Guardian

Creative Team

Chris Thorpe | Writer & Performer

Rachel Chavkin | Director

Lisa Passow | Assistant Director

Katharine Williams | Lighting Designer

Tanuja Amarasuriya | Sound Designer

Andrzej Goulding | Video Designer

Eugenia Leis | Set & Costume Designer

Jörg Vorhaben | Dramaturg

Rob Athorn | Production Manager

Bryn Jones | Production Manager

Tim Atack | Sound Designer (Dep)

Will Monks | Lighting Designer (Dep)


Produced by China Plate