Chris Thorpe

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Rose Cobbe
Assistant: Florence Hyde

Film, TV & Theatre

Chris Thorpe is an Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange, Manchester – work for them includes There Has Possibly Been An Incident and The Mysteries. Other theatre work includes Victory Condition and The Milk of Human Kindness for the Royal Court, Chorus for the Gate Theatre and Hannah, Beowulf and one of Aesop's Fables for the Unicorn. He also has ongoing collaborations with Rachel Chavkin produced by China Plate (Confirmation/Status), Lucy Ellinson (TORYCORE), Portugal's mala voadora (Overdrama/House-Garden/Dead End/Your Best Guess) and Hannah Jane Walker (The Oh Fuck Moment/I Wish I Was Lonely) Chris was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre, is an Associate of Live Art/Theatre company Third Angel and has worked frequently with Forest Fringe. Chris has also recently collaborated with Rachel Bagshaw, writing the award-winning The Shape of the Pain. He has also worked as a translator, most frequently with Serbian playwright Ugljesa Sajtinac and Belarus Free Theatre. His short film for the Royal Court and the Financial Times about the climate crisis, What Do You Want Me To Say? Was released in September 2019.

 

Chris's performance work tours internationally, and is also regularly produced for stage and radio throughout Europe and in the US, including the recent premiere of Victory Condition at Residenzteater Munich, and the Italian productions of There Has Possibly Been an Incident and Confirmation, which won the Premio Franco Enriquez 2018. Other awards include Fringe Firsts for Static and Neutrino (both with Unlimited Confirmation, Status, The Oh Fuck Moment, and The Shape of the Pain, selection for Berlin Theatertreffen's Stuckemarkt for There Has Possibly Been an Incident, and the Arches Brick Award for TORYCORE. His work is published by Oberon Books.

 

Chris was the Arvon Foundation mentor for playwrighting, 2016/17 and tutors courses regularly for them, he also works with the National Student Drama Festival. He has written radio and film, and is currently working on new projects for NT Connections, mala voadora (for the National Theatre, Lisbon), China Plate/Rachel Chavkin, and the Royal Court.

In Development

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UNTITLED

Belarus Free Theatre/WYP

LOW LIFE

Ruby Films

Theatre

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STATUS

2018

China Plate Theatre

Summerhall, Edinburgh Festival - Fringe First Winner. Dir. Rachel Chavkin

2017

The Royal Court

2016

The Gate Theatre

Writer of CHORUS

CONFIRMATION

2014

Warwick Arts Centre

Dir. Rachel Chavkin

2014

Unicorn Theatre

Dir. Simon Evans

2013

Northern Stage

THE NOISE

2013

Unlimited Theatre

2013

Manchester Royal Exchange/Latitude/Edinburgh

Dir. Sam Pritchard

WHAT I HEARD ABOUT THE WORLD

2013

British Council Showcase

I WISH I WAS LONELY

2013

Edinburgh Fringe

Written and performed with Hannah Jane Walker

DEAD END

2012

mala voadora

Written for European Capital Of Culture, Guimaraes

HOUSE/GARDEN

2012

mala voadora

Centro Culturel do Belem, Lisbon

OVERDRAMA

2011

mala voadora

Cultergest, Lisbon

MISSION TO MARS

2011

Unlimited Theatre/Polka Theatre

Polka Theatre and Tour

MOMENTS DESIGNED FOR A CITY

2011

WYP

City-wide piece

OH F**K MOMENT

2011

Edinburgh Fringe/UK Tour/International Tour

Co-written with Hannah Jane Walker. FringeFirst Award 2011.

MINSK 2011

2011

Belarus Free Theatre

English version. FringeFirst Award 2011.

ROBIN HOOD

2011

NSDF

COME TO WHERE I'M FROM

2010

Paines Plough

WHAT I HEARD ABOUT THE WORLD

2010

Third Angel/Sheffield Theatres/mala voadora

Writer/performer. Co-production with Third Angel, Sheffield Theatres and mala voadora (Portugal). Opened at Sheffield Crucible October 2010, in Lisbon in November 2010 and toured Spring 2011.

HIGH SPEED IMPACT. TEST NUMBER ONE

2010

Contact Theatre, Manchester

Writer/performer. Commisioned by Queer Up North. Originally performed at Contact Theatre and subsequently at various venues.

HERE I AM

2010

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Translation of a new script by Belarus Free Theatre.

OLDENBURG FUR AUSSERIRDISCHE

2010

Pazz Festival, Germany

Writer/performer.

STATIC

2010

Theaterhaus TiG7

New version in collaboration with Theaterhaus TiG7, Mannheim, Germany

DOWN THE WIRES

2009

Lowry Theatre, Salford

Writer/performer.

INVENTORY

2009

Forest Fringe, Edinburgh

Writer/performer. Also performed at Shunt and the Soho Theatre.

BEYOND THE FRONT LINE

2009

Slung Low

Contributing writer and performer. The Lowry, Salford.

ANIMALS

2009

Translation of a new play by Ugljesa Sajtinac.

TOUCHED

2009

North Wall/Latitude Festival

Commissioned by NSDF for the ensenmble.

BORDERLAND

2008

Translation of a new play by Ugljesa Sajtinac.

PARTS FOR MACHINES THAT DO THINGS

2008

Sheffield Theatres

Third Angel

A LIST OF THINGS THAT FELL

2008

Forest Fringe, Edinburgh

Writer/performer.

PRESUMPTION

2007

Third Angel - UK/European Tour

THE MOON THE MOON

2007

Northern Stage - National/World Tour

THE ETHICS OF PROGRESS

2007

National/World Tour

Co-production with West Yorkshire and Oxford Playhouse

TANGLE

2007

National/World Tour

Co-production with Newbury Corn Exchange and Sheffield Crucible

SAFETY

2006

Urban Stages, New York

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

2006

National Theatre

Collaboration with Benji Reid

HUDDERSFIELD

2004

West Yorkshire Playhouse

English version of a play by Ugljesa Sajtinac. Directed by Alex Chisholm.

SAFETY

2002

Unlimited Theatre at the Traverse Theatre

NEUTRINO

2001

Unlimited Theatre

Co-written with Chris Gooded. Winner of a Fringe First Award.

STATIC

2000

Unlimited Theatre

Winner of a Fringe First Award

DEAD IN THE WATER

1999

Unlimited Theatre

Radio

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RIO STORY

2012

Goldhawk Productions

BBC Radio 4 Friday night play. Broadcast spring 2012.

OK COMPUTER

2007

BBC Radio 4

REUNION

2006

BBC Radio 4

STATIC

2001

BBC Radio 4

Radio adaptation of an original play

Other

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THE BOMB ON MUTANNABBI STREET IS STILL EXPLODING

2012

Soup Collective/Imperial War Museum North

Permanent installation in the main exhibition space at Inperial War Museum North