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A globe-spanning journey of attempted escape, with songs along the way.

A new play with music from an award winning team comes to The Civic

 “… the words are eloquent, the music essential and powerful, and the performance full of a brilliant, prowling precession…” Scotsman Fringe First Award Winner.

In monologue and song, Status by Chris Thorpe explores nationality, identity and not accepting the national story you’re given.

Status follows a man who escapes the U.K. and how his travels teach him about his own place in the world, the privilege of being a white man with a British passport, and about the way other nationalities define themselves in an era of mass globalisation.

We All Have A Nationality.

Or Almost All Of Us.

Status is a theatrical look at what identifying as a citizen of a country actually means with some magical realist twists. It’s about an unstable world and our place within it. It is layered and funny, with rocky guitar songs.

“An 80 minute-show that makes the brain both hurt and buzz.” The Guardian. 

Status is the second in what will eventually be a trilogy of plays examining the intersection between our individual humanity and our politics. Taking a starting point from the UK Prime Minister's assertion that 'if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere', the play attempts to show that feeling like a citizen of the world and having a specific national identity, are not mutually exclusive.

“…a searching, meticulously crafted, beautifully written piece about nationhood and privilegeThe Stage

Status is part of an exciting programme of shows to make you think at The Civic. This season there will also be shows exploring subjects such as: living forever, in a dance show called Beyond Belief; The mess of the global economy in The Audit and themes of poverty in an exquisite new circus piece called As A Tiger in The Jungle.

Status is at The Civic, Barnsley on Friday 12 April at 7:30pm.

Tickets: £12 | £10 conc |£8 Student

Suitable for audiences 14+

For further booking information visit or contact The Civic Box Office on 01226 327 000