The Shape of the Pain


Developed by Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe

Written by Chris Thorpe
Directed by Rachel Bagshaw
With an original score by Melanie Wilson


‘I don't have to remember being in pain. I'm not sure that's something we can do. And in my case, it's irrelevant. You can't remember something that's still happening’

One woman attempts to articulate her experience of physical pain. Pain with no apparent cause. Also, she's met someone, and they want to make this work.

Words and an original sound score combine to create an explosive dialogue about love and perception.

An experiment in how we talk about pain - and if we ever do that in a way someone else can understand.

A new show from this Scotsman Fringe First award-winning team exploring life in extremity and the joy that can be found there.

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre / New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Supported by artsdepot. Funded by The Wellcome Trust and supported using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Fringe First winner Edinburgh Fringe Festiavl, 2017
Nominated for a Total Theatre Award

Performed by Hannah McPake
Director | Rachel Bagshaw
Writer | Chris Thorpe
Original Score | Melanie Wilson
Designer | Madeleine Girling
Video & Lighting Designer | Joshua Pharo
Movement Director | Raquel Meseguer
Access/Audio Description Consultant | Michael Achtman
Production Manager | Helen Mugridge
Associate Director | Rachel Lincoln
Sound Associate | Kirsty Gillmore
Video & Lighting Associate | Sarah Readman
Artist Wellbeing Practitioner | Louise Platt
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