China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz

Talking About The Fire

Written and performed by Chris Thorpe

Talking About The Fire Top / Details / Extras / The Company
Wed 06 Dec - Sat 16 Dec 2023

If nuclear weapons continue to exist, we won’t. That’s where this show starts.

Very few of us have lived in a world without nuclear weapons. Not me. Probably not you. They just… exist.

Sometimes the threat slides into view. Russia invades Ukraine, maybe. But that doesn’t make the weapons more dangerous. They’re always dangerous. And one day – deliberately or accidentally – they’ll be used again. And then it’s all over.

From the team that created the award-winning Status and Confirmation, comes the world premiere of a show about a new nuclear weapons treaty – one that’s trying to give the power to eliminate nuclear weapons to the states, and people, who don’t possess them.

Created by seven-time Fringe First winner Chris Thorpe and Claire O’Reilly (Abbey Theatre) and developed with Tony Award-winning Rachel Chavkin.


Supported by Battersea Arts Centre, The Albany and Véronique Christory.


★ ★ ★ ★

‘A dense and provocative barrage of reflections on a world in flux and our place within it.’ The Guardian on Status


★ ★ ★ ★

‘…a searching, meticulously crafted, beautifully written piece, full of fragile conclusions about nationhood and privilege.’

The Stage on Status


★ ★ ★ ★

‘Thorpe and Chavkin energetically take a liberal Fringe audience to the edge of the abyss of belief and hang them over the side in a conversation for our times.’

The Independent on Confirmation


★ ★ ★ ★

‘Claire O’Reilly finds vigorous theatricality… Reaches moments of astonishing beauty.’

The Irish Times on Accents

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.00pm

Sat matinees: 5:15pm

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 90 mins

Content warnings: strong language and themes of nuclear warfare.


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