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Status (Chris Thorpe, Rachel Chavkin, China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz)

By | Published on Wednesday 15 August 2018

“It’s not a Brexit show, by the way”, Chris Thorpe reassures us. But ‘Status’ tells the story of a British man, a Chris-but-not-Chris, who has a miniature identity crisis on June 24th 2016 and jets off around the world trying to come to terms with his nationality. It’s well told, with pleasing magical-realist touches. And yes, the show is alive to the privilege of being a white British citizen – about the sheer indulgence of Chris burying his red passports in the red soil of Monument Valley. But what’s the point of making this sort of blokey gig theatre self-admiringly self-aware, when it still doesn’t make space for oppressed and disadvantaged voices?

Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Alexander Hartley]