Chris Thorpe, Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate


Chris Thorpe is one of the UKs leading voices in theatre today. He makes work that asks questions about human behaviour and the deceptively simple questions that lie beneath it. Examining the intersection of those questions with the daily experience of life and politics, his pieces are rigorously researched and adapt and subvert the conventions of the 'performance lecture' to become live conversations with the audience in the room. Chris works both as a playwright – currently for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and the Royal Court and Unicorn Theatre in London – and as a regular collaborator with Unlimited Theatre, Third Angel, poet Hannah Jane Walker and Rachel Chavkin, artistic director of New York-based theatre ensemble The TEAM.

Made in collaboration with Chavkin and born from research into the phenomenon of confirmation bias, Confirmation is an attempt to have an honourable dialogue, real and imagined, with political extremism.  Confirmation is a show about the gulfs we can’t talk across, and about the way we choose to see only the evidence that proves we’re right; an attempt to find out how we believe what we believe and how we can end up so far apart. 

Confirmation was commissioned by Northern Stage and Battersea Arts Centre.


In the press

"Electrifying...makes the brain both hurt and buzz" ★★★★ The Guardian

"Takes a liberal Fringe audience to the edge of the abyss in a conversation for our times" ★★★★ The Independent

Production details

  • Writer

    Chris Thorpe
  • Director

    Rachel Chavkin
  • Designer

    Ben Pacey
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    No freight necessary
  • Touring Availability

  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400),
    Unconventional Space
  • Minimum performance space

    5m x 5m (in the round)
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Interactivity, Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    The Dissection Room, Summerhall
  • Production dates

    22 – 29 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1150 – 1315
  • Duration

    85 MINS (no interval)
  • Audience capacity

    60 – 300 depending on layout



Confirmation was developed in consultation with academics working in the fields of politics and psychology. The performance can be followed by a Q&A with Chris and with panel discussions involving academic partners.

Chris is also experienced in leading workshops in writing and devising.

Additional productions

Human Resources By Chris Thorpe and Hannah Jane Walker, Am I Dead Yet, Unlimited Theatre