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.
Sun 25 Feb | 4PM
Free to ticket-holders
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