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    A Family Business 10
    • 07 Feb -
      08 Feb 2024
      07 Feb - 08 Feb 2024

    A show about how not to blow up the planet.

    Theatre-maker Chris Thorpe and director Rachel Chavkin re-unite following their hugely successful productions of Confirmation and Status, both Scotsman Fringe First-winning plays.

    Based on conversations with activists, academics and diplomats, A Family Business focusses on the human story of the struggle for nuclear disarmament, and the group of people whose business it is to try to stop us from blowing up the planet.   

    This powerful and timely piece of theatre from China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz, about ordinary people who make extraordinarily important decisions, examines what qualifies a person to speak on behalf of huge parts of the global population – and asks why we don’t really talk about nuclear weapons much, even though they accompany us everywhere.

    Written and performed by Chris Thorpe
    Directed by Claire O’Reilly
    Developed with Rachel Chavkin and Lekan Lawal

    In partnership with Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Supported by Warwick Arts Centre and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

    Creative Team

    • Writer & Performer | Chris Thorpe
    • Director | Claire O’Reilly
    • Assistant Director on Production| Tim Schmultzer
    • Dramaturg | Rachel Chavkin & Jörg Vorhaben
    • Casting Director | Christopher Worrall
    • Designer & Costume Designer | Eleanor Field
    • Sound Designer | Anna Clock
    • Lighting  and A/V Designer | Arnim Friess
    • Production Manager | Rob Athorn
    • Performer (James) | Greg Barnett
    • Performer (Layla) | Efé Agwale
    • Performer (Veronique) | Andrea Quirbach

    Join us after the show on Wed 07 Feb as our host Stefan Kwame Boakye (Creative and Community Officer) talks to writer and performer of A Family Business, Chris Thorpe about his motivation and method for creating the show.

    • RUNNING TIME90 mins (no interval)
    • TICKETS£16 / £14
    • VENUE

    Content warning: contains strong language, flashing lights and haze, and themes of nuclear warfare.


    Standard from £16 / Concession from £14 (Tickets and prices subject to availability)
    Read about concession tickets

    Includes integrated captioning.

    Members on sale 12:30pm on Tue 21 Nov
    General on sale 12:30pm on Thu 23 Nov

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