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How can pain be described and how can another person ever really understand our pain? What is the shape of the pain? Independent theatre studio China Plate presents The Shape of the Pain, coming to Northern Stage on Friday 5th April; a true artistic and scientific collaboration exploring the never-ending physical pain that one woman lives with day in and day out and how that pain alters the senses.

Based on her own experience of living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and her interpretation of its physical and mental effects, director Rachel Bagshaw explains: “The Shape of the Pain is a unique experience for an audience, as they gradually become immersed in the extra-sensory world which I experience with my condition.”

Fringe First Award-winning writer Chris Thorpe joins forces with Bagshaw to present this brand new solo show about a love affair seen through the eyes of someone with CRPS, about learning to navigate life, love and the pain with someone new. Performed by Hannah McPake with an extraordinary original score by award-winning theatre maker and sound artist Melanie Wilson, The Shape of the Pain brings together a unique theatrical language of words, sound and visual effects influenced by cutting-edge medical research.

Notoriously troublesome for doctors to analyse, pain is entirely subjective; The Shape of the Pain invites the audience inside pain itself, to discover the excruciating anguish and unexpected joy that lies within.

 

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