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

Upcoming Performances

20th Mar 2019South Street Arts, Reading  
21st Mar 2019 - 22nd Mar 2019Oxford Playhouse  
23rd Mar 2019Manchester Royal Exchange  
26th Mar 2019Enable Us Festival, Sheffield  
27th Mar 2019Colchester Arts Centre  
28th Mar 2019Lincoln Performing Arts Centre  
29th Mar 2019Harlow Playhouse 
30th Mar 2019Unity Theatre, Liverpool  
3rd Apr 2019Norwich Arts Centre 
6th Apr 2019Jersey Arts Centre  
9th Apr 2019Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton 
10th Apr 2019New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth  
11th Apr 2019The Lighthouse, Poole  
12th Apr 2019Barnsley Civic 
23rd Apr 2019 - 11th May 2019Battersea Arts Centre, London  
20th May 2019Luton Library Theatre  
22nd May 2019 - 23rd May 2019Staatstheater Mainz, Germany 
24th May 2019 - 25th May 2019Tron Theatre, Glasgow 
27th May 2019The Salberg at Salisbury Playhouse  
28th May 2019Nottingham Playhouse  
29th May 2019Hull Truck 
30th May 2019Pulse Festival, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 
5th Jun 2019Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg 
21st Jun 2019Import/Export Festival, Staatstheater NürnbergBooking Now
17th Aug 2019 - 24th Aug 2019Assembly George Square - The Blue Room, Edinburgh Booking Now