A man sat crossed leg at a table, in a coffee shop, looking directly at the camera, holding a white teacup. On the table is a yellow teapot, with the lid off, and a mushroom cloud escaping. Behind him are several illustrated prints.

A FAMILY BUSINESS

PRESENTED BY CHINA PLATE AND STAATSTHEATER MAINZ
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY CHRIS THORPE
DIRECTED BY CLAIRE O'REILLY
DEVELOPED WITH RACHEL CHAVKIN & LEKAN LAWAL
A show about how not to blow up the planet.

Award-winning theatre-maker Chris Thorpe and director Rachel Chavkin reunite for A Family Business, a powerful production that focusses on the human story of the struggle for nuclear disarmament, and the group of people whose business it is to try to stop us from blowing up the planet.

Based on conversations with activists, academics and diplomats, this timely piece of theatre from China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz, about ordinary people who make extraordinarily important decisions, examines what qualifies a person to speak on behalf of huge parts of the global population – and asks why we don’t really talk about nuclear weapons much, even though they accompany us everywhere.

“A Family Business is brilliant. A show which encourages us to be part of the urgent conversation and action for the sake of present and future generations. A show full of hope and humanity”- Véronique Christory, Senior Arms Adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross at the United Nations

“Cannot recommend it enough. Apart from the subject matter’s urgency, its brilliant use of multi-lingualism, technology and staging has seared it in my brain” – Audience feedback

“I hope they’ll end up knowing each other a bit better. And that a world that can feel remote now feels more reachable. That there’s a sense of being able to start a conversation, to normalise discussing a subject, that previously felt un-graspable. Of course, mostly I want them to have had a good time.” Chris Thorpe, Writer & Performer of A Family Business.

Read the full interview here. 

Join us for a post-show panel discussion on the themes of the production on Friday 23rd February with writer and performer of A Family Business, Chris Thorpe, Senior Arms Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Delegation to the United Nations, Véronique Christory, and Research Director for Conflict, Science and Transformation and Director of the International Security Programme at Chatham House, Dr. Patricia Lewis. Stay behind after the talk for some networking with the A Family Business team!

The discussion will be hosted by Omnibus Theatre’s Artistic Director, Marie McCarthy.

Free to ticket holders.

Theatre Club

Sun 25 Feb | 4PM
Free to ticket-holders

Do you like watching theatre, but wish you had someone to talk with about what you see? Come to Theatre Club! It’s a very informal – no membership required – conversation space similar to book groups: people see a show, then meet to chat about it. Use code TCOMNIBUS at checkout for £10 tickets for this performance! Find out more here→

23-25 FEB
4PM & 7:30PM
£18 STANDARD
£16 CONCESSION

A FAMILY BUSINESS

PRESENTED BY CHINA PLATE AND STAATSTHEATER MAINZ
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY CHRIS THORPE
DIRECTED BY CLAIRE O'REILLY
DEVELOPED WITH RACHEL CHAVKIN & LEKAN LAWAL
A show about how not to blow up the planet.

Award-winning theatre-maker Chris Thorpe and director Rachel Chavkin reunite for A Family Business, a powerful production that focusses on the human story of the struggle for nuclear disarmament, and the group of people whose business it is to try to stop us from blowing up the planet.

Based on conversations with activists, academics and diplomats, this timely piece of theatre from China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz, about ordinary people who make extraordinarily important decisions, examines what qualifies a person to speak on behalf of huge parts of the global population – and asks why we don’t really talk about nuclear weapons much, even though they accompany us everywhere.

“A Family Business is brilliant. A show which encourages us to be part of the urgent conversation and action for the sake of present and future generations. A show full of hope and humanity”- Véronique Christory, Senior Arms Adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross at the United Nations

“Cannot recommend it enough. Apart from the subject matter’s urgency, its brilliant use of multi-lingualism, technology and staging has seared it in my brain” – Audience feedback

“I hope they’ll end up knowing each other a bit better. And that a world that can feel remote now feels more reachable. That there’s a sense of being able to start a conversation, to normalise discussing a subject, that previously felt un-graspable. Of course, mostly I want them to have had a good time.” Chris Thorpe, Writer & Performer of A Family Business.

Read the full interview here. 

Join us for a post-show panel discussion on the themes of the production on Friday 23rd February with writer and performer of A Family Business, Chris Thorpe, Senior Arms Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Delegation to the United Nations, Véronique Christory, and Research Director for Conflict, Science and Transformation and Director of the International Security Programme at Chatham House, Dr. Patricia Lewis. Stay behind after the talk for some networking with the A Family Business team!

The discussion will be hosted by Omnibus Theatre’s Artistic Director, Marie McCarthy.

Free to ticket holders.

Theatre Club

Sun 25 Feb | 4PM
Free to ticket-holders

Do you like watching theatre, but wish you had someone to talk with about what you see? Come to Theatre Club! It’s a very informal – no membership required – conversation space similar to book groups: people see a show, then meet to chat about it. Use code TCOMNIBUS at checkout for £10 tickets for this performance! Find out more here→

23-25 FEB
4PM & 7:30PM
£18 STANDARD
£16 CONCESSION

A Family Business | Production Shots

Photography by Andreas J. Etter and design by Eleanor Field

A Family Business | Trailer

Performance filmed by Andreas J. Etter
Edited by RB Films

Creative Team

Writer & performer

Chris Thorpe

Director 

Claire O’Reilly

Assistant Director on Production

Tim Schmultzer

Dramaturg

Rachel Chavkin & Jörg Vorhaben

Designer & Costume Designer

Eleanor Field

Sound Designer

Anna Clock

Lighting & AV Designer

Arnim Friess

Production Manager

Rob Athorn

Performer (Layla)

Efé Agwele

Performer (Veronique)

Andrea Quirbach

Performer (James)

Gregg Barnett

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Concessions

Concessions apply to students, under-18s, over-60s and more. For more info on our concession policy click here→

Accessibility

All performance spaces and facilities are fully wheelchair-accessible. For more info please contact Box Office on 0207 498 4699.

Ticket Collection

We operate a paperless box office system. You will be emailed a receipt once you have booked in advance. There is no need to print this off, just state your name at the box office on arrival.

Café Bar

Serving a menu of hot drinks, craft beers, wine and seasonal cocktails before and after every show and a full home-made food menu including freshly baked pastries, delicious cakes and savoury light bites from Friday – Sunday. 

Content Warnings

Strong language, flashing lights and smoke, themes of nuclear warfare

Find out more here.

Age Recommendation

14+

Duration

1h30m

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