The Mysteries

The Mysteries

by Chris Thorpe


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Six plays, six places: Eskdale, Staindrop, Whitby, Boston, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester.

Chris Thorpe's cycle of six warm, witty new plays crosses Northern England, from a sheep farm in Eskdale via a tourist information centre in Whitby to Manchester.

A fort on a hilltop, a landowner's estate, a tourist information office, a bird sanctuary, a re-developed factory, a public square, silent and remembering. Chris Thorpe's cycle of six new plays explores the landscapes that surround us and how we live with each other.

In an ambitious original production by Sam Pritchard, each of the six parts of The Mysteries was made and premiered in the place it was written. During its run in Manchester, two day-long performances of the whole cycle took place in the Royal Exchange Theatre space.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786826312
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Oberon Modern Plays Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

CHRIS THORPE is Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange, Manchester – work for them includes There Has Possibly Been An Incident and the upcoming The Mysteries. Other theatre work includes Victory Condition and The Milk of Human Kindness for the Royal Court and Beowulf for the Unicorn. He also has ongoing collaborations with Rachel Chavkin (Confirmation/Status), Lucy Ellinson (TORYCORE), Portugal's mala voadora (Overdrama/HouseGarden/Dead End/Your Best Guess) and Hannah Jane Walker (The Oh Fuck Moment/I Wish I Was Lonely). Chris was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and is an Associate of Live Art/ Theatre company Third Angel. Chris has recently collaborated with Rachel Bagshaw, writing the Fringe First Awarded The Shape of the Pain in 2017. Chris's work tours internationally and is also regularly produced for stage and radio throughout Europe and in the US, including the upcoming premiere of Victory Condition at Residenzteater Munich, and the Italian productions of There Has Possibly Been an Incident and Confirmation were awarded the Premio Franco Enriquez 2018. Chris was the Arvon mentor for playwrighting, 2016/17 and works with the National Student Drama Festival.

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