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

China Plate, Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe
Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.


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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.

A Scotsman Fringe First award-winning show exploring life in extremity and the joy that can be found there.
This performance is captioned, audio described and wheelchair accessible.

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.


Book now


Reviews

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

★★★★ Guardian

"The masterful combination of sound design, lighting and projections coinciding with McPake's performance offers an overwhelming glimpse into a life unwillingly shared with pain."

★★★★ The Edinburgh Festival Magazine

"This one-woman show is a smart, funny and far from disconsolate inquiry into the knowability of someone else's expereince. This sound design and visuals have a pulsing power."

★★★★ Sunday Times

"What stays with you for days after you’ve seen The Shape of the Pain is not only the vivid sense of total theatre, but also the small exchanges and touches of tenderness."

★★★★ Alex Sierz

"An original score by Melanie Wilson is intricately sewn into the play’s fabric; it hums and drones, pierces and comforts, always honouring the text in a compelling effort to explore pain through sound.”

★★★★ The Upcoming

"It is a rare privilege to see work of this calibre. Go."

★★★★★ The Spy In The Stalls

"The play’s strength lies in McPake’s ability to draw attention to language’s injurious potential, modifying familiar phrases like ‘have you tried [a certain treatment for pain]?’ and revealing their absurdity when relentlessly repeated.” 

★★★★ Theatre Weekly

"This show is stirring and unsettling. It is also incredibly intelligent and moving."

★★★★★ Within Her Words


Behind The Scenes

Image credit: The Other Richard

Access

Captioned Performance logo
Touch Tour logoAudio Description logo

Captioned performance, Touch Tour and Audio Described. 

Fri 5 Apr, 7.45pm 

(Touch tours are usually 1hr 30mins before the performance start time)

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available. To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.