China Plate & Staatstheater Mainz present


A new play by Chris Thorpe and Rachel Chavkin - the award-winning team who brought you Confirmation




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

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

“…a scintillating, rigorous critique of something we often take for granted” Fest Mag

"Thorpe’s metaphysical road trip is grittily real, discomfortingly surreal, densely poetic" Edinburgh Reporter

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

Craig Davidson | Production Manager

Tim Atack | Sound Designer (Dep)

Will Monks | Lighting Designer (Dep)

Rob Athorn | Production Manager (Dep)

Produced by China Plate

Upcoming Performances

20th Mar 2019South Street Arts, Reading Booking Now
21st Mar 2019 - 22nd Mar 2019Oxford Playhouse Booking Now
27th Mar 2019Colchester Arts Centre Booking Now
30th Mar 2019Unity Theatre, Liverpool Booking Now
1st Apr 2019Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury Booking Now
10th Apr 2019New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth Booking Now
11th Apr 2019The Lighthouse, Poole Booking Now
23rd Apr 2019 - 11th May 2019Battersea Arts Centre, London Booking Now
22nd May 2019Staatstheatre Mainz, GermanyBooking Now
29th May 2019Hull TruckBooking Now