Presented by China Plate

19th March to 23rd March . 7.45pm, Saturday matinee 3pm .
£12.50 - £25 full price, £10 - £22.50 concessions

Developed by Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe
Written by Chris Thorpe
Directed by Rachel Bagshaw

"And there he was. Right person, right place, right time. Tick, tick, tick."
Fringe First award-winning production about love, perception and constant, relentless pain.
This tour de force performance from Hannah McPake sees one woman attempt to articulate her experience of pain. Physical pain with no apparent cause. Also, she's met someone, and they really want to make this work. 

With spellbinding OFFIE Award nominated video design, sounds and words are weaved together to explore how we talk about pain, and love – and if we can ever do either in a way someone else will truly understand.

Funded by The Wellcome Trust and supported using public funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Approximate running time: 70 minutes
Age recommendation: 14+

Post-show talk
There will be a post-show talk after the performance on Wednesday 20th March. This panel-style discussion will be between Rachel Bagshaw (Director), Dr. Helen Cohen  (Consultant in Rheumatology and Pain Management at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital) and Professor Joanna M. Zakrzewska  (Consultant in facial pain at Eastman Dental Hospital). This event is free to Wednesday 20th March ticket-holders.  

The Shape of The Pain Trailer from China Plate on Vimeo.

Access Information

Captioning & Audio description
All performances are captioned and audio described. The best place to view the captioning is from the third row up.

The performance includes flashing projection – there are moments in the show where there is rapid, similar-to-strobe lighting.

An easy read synopsis of the show is available to download here and from the Box Office on the evening

Free sheets (including in large print) are available from the Box Office.

A limited number of cushions are available on request from our Front of House team.

For more information on access at Wilton's including wheelchair access, companion tickets and reserving a table in the bar area please visit our access page.

They like it

  • This is an exercise in empathy - and it is exhilarating theatre.

    ****. The Guardian

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