China Plate & Staatstheater Mainz present


We all have a nationality. Or almost all of us.


Run time: 80 minutes

Age: 14+

Content warnings: Contains strong language.

A man looking directly to the camera, holding two passports in his hand.

Time Out

4 stars

The Stage

4 stars

The Guardian

4 stars

"… 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 man singing into a microphone and playing the guitar, with sound waves projected behind him.


Written 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.

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 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).

“…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.”The Guardian

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.

Photo © The Other Richard

Now Booking

Status by Chris Thorpe is available for international touring.

Detailed information can be found in International Tech Rider in our Downloads section below.

If you are interested in booking the show, or would like to discuss further, please contact Paul Warwick on [email protected]

Creative Team

A man singing into a microphone, against a projected backdrop.

Chris Thorpe

A critically acclaimed writer & performer; developing the final show in his trilogy with Rachel Chavkin.

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  • Writer & Performer | Chris Thorpe
  • Director | Rachel Chavkin
  • Assistant Director | Lisa Passow
  • Lighting Designer | Katharine Williams
  • Sound Designer | Tanuja Amarasuriya
  • Video Designer | Andrzej Goulding
  • Set & Costume Designer | Eugenia Leis
  • Dramaturg | Jörg Vorhaben
  • Production Manager | Rob Athorn
  • Production Manager | Craig Davidson
  • Production Manager | Bryn Jones
  • Deputy Sound Designer | Tim Atack
  • Deputy Lighting Designer | Will Monks
  • Filmmaker | Rachel Bunce
  • Producer | China Plate