Chris Thorpe

Chris is a writer and performer from Manchester.

Chris is a founder member and a core artist with Unlimited, collaborating on all but two productions. He is also an artistic associate of Third Angel. As a solo performer, he is making a cycle of solo pieces called Eating Wasps and continues to collaborate with companies like Slung Low, Forest Fringe (for whom he curated part of their season at The Gate in 2012) 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 non Unlimited projects include Overdrama for Portuguese company mala voadora, which opened at Culturgest Lisbon, in July 2012, two new plays for BBC Radio, the first of which, Rio Story, which was a Radio 4 Friday night play in 2012, and a modern version of Robin Hood in verse for the NSDF Ensemble/Latitude Festival. He is currently developing new work with Unlimited and Third Angel, and is touring in Third Angel’s show What I Heard About The World into 2013 when the show will be touring Poland and Brazil. His play, House/Garden opened at the Centro Culturel do Belem in Lisbon in 2012 and is currently touring to Europe. Dead End, his next show for mala voadora was written for European Capital Of Culture in Guimaraes and then ran in Lisbon.

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 and will be touring sporadically over the next couple of years. Chris is developing a new piece at the West Yorkshire Playhouse with Belarus Free Theatre, who he worked with on the English version of their recent show Minsk 2011. He also plays guitar in Lucy Ellinson’s political extreme noise project TORYCORE.

Right now Chris is making a new show, I Wish I Was Lonely with Hannah Jane Walker, writing a commission for The Unicorn Theatre in London, and has just finished a commission for the Royal Exchange in Manchester, (There Has Possibly) Been An Incident, which opens at Latitude/Edinburgh 2013 and then tours after a run in Manchester. He’s also working on a new solo piece, Confirmation, with Warwick Arts Centre and Rachel Chavkin of the US company TEAM. He is proud to be a selector for the National Student Drama Festival, which is a brilliant organisation.