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Image: Chris Thorpe in Status, image by The Other Richard

Over the last couple of years in particular, the ideas of nationality and the national identity have continually reared their head. Whether it’s debate on sovereignty or discussions surrounding the status of EU nationals, concepts of nationality often seem to be more tied to current social and political discourse than ever. But what if it was possible to shed your nationality? What would be the consequences of giving up such labels?

That’s the idea that propels Status, which comes to Stockton’s ARC on Tuesday 15th October. Written and performed by Chris Thorpe, it’s the story of someone who no longer wants to bear their nationality, presented as a globe-trotting journey that moves from Europe to America and Asia as they attempt to escape. Seamlessly interwoven into its narrative are conversations with people from all over the world, as well as video projections and a few songs to boot. It all combines to form an exciting multidisciplinary feast that questions who we might actually be. Although its themes resonate with the current climate, Thorpe says it’s not necessarily a show about Brexit; but whether you see it in today’s political context or as a much broader commentary on identity, Status is set to be a thought-provoking experience.

Status is at ARC, Stockton on Tuesday 15th October

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