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A Family Business by Chris Thorpe

presented by China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz

A show about how not to blow up the planet. 

We don’t really talk about nuclear weapons much. 

Even though they accompany us everywhere. 

Invisible guests in cafés, on the shelves of supermarkets, in line at the cash machine. 

Guests that could destroy all of that and more in a second. 

A Family Business is about diplomats, activists, and a journey to change the world. If these weapons could wipe out all our tomorrows, then why aren’t we all talking about them today? 

Written and performed by Chris Thorpe 
Directed by Claire O’Reilly 

Developed with Rachel Chavkin and Lekan Lawal 

In partnership with Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Supported by Warwick Arts Centre and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

Running time: 90 mins (no interval)
Age guidance: 14+

Content warnings: Strong language, flashing lights & haze and the themes of nuclear warfare

Full credits: 

• Writer & Performer | Chris Thorpe

• Director | Claire O’Reilly

• Assistant Director on Production| Tim Schmultzer

• Dramaturg | Rachel Chavkin & Jörg Vorhaben

• Casting Director | Christopher Worrall

• Designer & Costume Designer | Eleanor Field

• Sound Designer | Anna Clock

• Lighting and A/V Designer | Arnim Friess

• Production Manager | Rob Athorn

• Performer (James) | Greg Barnett

• Performer (Layla) | Efé Agwale

• Performer (Veronique) | Andrea Quirbach