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A Family Business

12 Feb 19:30

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A Family Business

12 Feb 2024


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A show about how not to blow up the planet.

Presented by China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz
Written and performed by Chris Thorpe
Directed by Claire O’Reilly
Developed with Rachel Chavkin and Lekan Lawal

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?

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. The character of James is played by Greg Barnett.

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 AV Designer | Arnim Friess
Production Manager | Rob Athorn
Performer (James) | TBA
Performer (Layla) | Efé Agwele
Performer (Veronique) | Andrea Quirbach

Important information

Ticket prices: £15

Age recommendation: 14+

Friends – 5% Off
Ambassadors, Supporters, Best Friends and Gold Friends – 10% Off
U26’s – £12.50
School groups – £10

Trigger warnings: Strong language, flashing lights and smoke, themes of nuclear warfare


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