Theatertreffen stückemarkt revisited

If you pinned me against a wall, I’d probably admit to being a liberal. Of course, pinning me against a wall is exactly what I’d expect from someone like you. A show about the gulfs we can’t talk across, and about the way we choose to see only the evidence that proves we’re right.

With an election looming and new voices appearing in mainstream UK politics, Chris Thorpe and The TEAM Artistic Director Rachel Chavkin examine the phenomenon of confirmation bias through an honorable dialogue, real and imagined, with political extremism. To find out how we believe what we believe and how we can end up so far apart.

Edinburgh Fringe First Award Winner – 2014

“Rachel Chavkin’s fast-moving, kinetic production offers us an absolutely compelling performance from a man who is fast becoming one of the most powerful performers in the UK” – The Scotsman

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Chris Thorpe | Writer and Performer

Chris is a writer and performer from Manchester. He is a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and also an artistic associate of Third Angel. He is making a cycle of solo pieces and continues to collaborate with companies like Slung Low, Forest Fringe, RashDash and Soup Collective, with whom he wrote and recorded the piece The Bomb On Mutannabbi Street Is Still Exploding, which has been permanently installed at the Imperial War Museum North. Chris’s plays have been produced worldwide and he has toured with Unlimited and Third Angel in Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA.

Recent projects include a trilogy of plays, Overdrama, House/Garden and Dead End for Portuguese company mala voadora, which continue to tour in Europe. He is also still touring in Third Angel’s show What I Heard About The World, recently to Poland, Brazil, Germany and Lebanon. He worked with poet Hannah Jane Walker in 2010 to make her solo show, This Is Just To Say. Hannah and Chris then worked together again to create The Oh Fuck Moment, which won a Fringe First at Edinburgh Fringe 2011. Their show, I Wish I Was Lonely, is still on the road. He also plays guitar in Lucy Ellinson’s political extreme noise project TORYCORE.

As a playwright, Chris recently worked with Hannah Jane Walker on a commission for The Unicorn Theatre in London, and revived his hit show, There Has Possibly Been An Incident, at the Stückemarkt in Berlin (following an invitation from playwright Simon Stephens). He also wrote Northern Stage’s Christmas Show, Dark Woods, Deep Snow in 2013. Chris is currently writing a new show for the Royal Court Theatre and a new project for the Unicorn Theatre as well as continuing work with Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

Rachel Chavkin | Director

Rachel is a Brooklyn-based director/dramaturg/writer, and the Artistic Director of collaborative ensemble the TEAM. Founded in 2004, the TEAM makes new work about the experience of living in America today, and aims to keep the brain, eyes, and heart of the audience constantly stimulated. Four time winners of the Fringe First, winner of the 2011 Herald Angel, the 2011 EIF Fringe Prize, and ranked Best of 2013 on three continents, the TEAM’s work includes Mission Drift, a new musical composed by Heather Christian that travels through 400 years of history in pursuit of the soul of American capitalism, and RoosevElvis, the story of a surreal road trip from the Badlands to Graceland. The TEAM has been presented at or received commissions from organizations all over New York (including the Public Theater, PS122, and the Bushwick Starr), nationally (including the Walker Art Center and the A.R.T.), internationally (including London’s National Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Barbican Centre, the Almeida Theatre, the Traverse Theatre, international festivals in Perth and Hong Kong, and the Salzburg Festival’s Young Directors Program).

In addition to her work with the TEAM, Rachel collaborates regularly with writers and composers on new work. Recent projects include Dave Malloy’s immersively staged electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino – commercial transfer; World Premiere: Ars Nova – New York Times, Time Out New York and New York Post Critics’ Picks, and Top Ten); storyteller James Monaco and composer Jerome Ellis’ collaboration Aaron/Marie; Meg Miroshnik’s The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep); Rick Burkhardt,

Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy’s Three Pianos (A.R.T., NYTW – Dec ’10/Jan ’11, Ontological Incubator Series – Feb/March ’10, 2010 Obie Award); and repeat collaborations with playwright/performer/activist Taylor Mac including his extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge (World Premiere, Act II) (HERE Arts Center, 2010 Obie Award) and Peace, co-written by Mac and Chavkin (Workshop, HERE Arts Center, 2007).

Rachel is a two-time Obie Winner, and was nominated as Best Director for both the Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards for her work on Great Comet. Upcoming work includes multiple projects with Dave Malloy, adapting folk singer Anaïs Mitchell’s album Hadestown, a theatrical concert adaption of Mac Wellman’s intergalactic Ohio-based novel Annie Salem in collaboration with composer Heather Christian, and the TEAM’s multigenerational cover band project, Primer for a Failed Superpower.

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Performance, Play
  • Wed, May 13 – Sat, May 16, 2015Main Stage

Tickets 18 € / 9 € (students)

Presented by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate

Written and performed by Chris Thorpe

Developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin | Commissioned by Northern Stage and Battersea Arts Centre

Featuring a post-performance discussion with Chris Thorpe on Thursday, May 14

die neue Chris Thorpe-Show am ETB| IPAC

Confirmation  – Gastspiel von Chris Thorpe (England)

“Theatertreffen Stückemarkt Revisited”

13. bis 16. Mai 2014 / 20h – Gespräch mit Chris Thorpe im Anschlus an die Vorstellung vom Donnerstag, 14. Mai

Chris Thorpe war letztes Jahr auf Vorschlag des englischen Dramatikers Simon Stephens mit einer Soloshow zum Stückemarkt des Theatertreffens eingeladen. English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center holt ihn nun in Zusammenarbeit mit dem diesjährigen Theatertreffen – als “Theatertreffen Stückemarkt Revisited” – mit seiner neuen Solo-Performance “Confirmation” für vier Vorstellungen nach Berlin ein. “Confirmation” ist ein brandaktuelles  Stück über unseren Hang, auch dort noch ja zu sagen, wo ein nein unbedingt angebracht wäre – eine Show über unüberbrückbare Gegensätze und darüber, dass wir gerne nur das zur Kenntnis nehmen, was unsere festgefügten Meinungen unterstützt.

Mit einer Parlamentswahl am Horizont und neuen Gesichtern, die im politischen Mainstream Großbritanniens aufgetaucht sind, untersuchen Chris Thorpe und Regisseurin Rachel Chavkin das soziale Phänomen des sogenannten “Confirmation Bias” (den Hang zur Zustimmung) mit Hilfe eines performativen Dialogs (der tatsächlich geführte Interviews mit reiner Phantasie mischt) zum politischen Extremismus. Um herauszufinden, wie wir glauben, was wir glauben und wie wir dann weit auseinander geraten… Thorpe lies sich für “Confirmation” auf einen monatelangen Dialog mit einem us-amerikanischen Neonazi und Holocausleugner ein. Das Resultat ist eine explosive Show, die niemanden unberührt läßt.

“Confirmation” wurde mit dem Fringe First Award des Edinburgh Fringe Festivals 2014 ausgezeichnet und von der Presse einhellig als eine der besten Shows des Jahres 2014 gefeiert.