Chris Thorpe is a theatre-maker. Hannah Jane Walker is a poet. Together they make work that is part performance, part poetry gig and part interactive experience. Their shows take place in rooms: sometimes those rooms are theatres, but often they're offices, meeting rooms, cafes – anywhere that people can come together.
Chris and Hannah's work is based around an honest encounter between themselves, an audience and the difficult but often uplifting moments we all face in the process of living. The shows feel like an open conversation with poetry and storytelling at its heart and provide space for audiences to contribute in a meaningful way.
You just fucked up. Now what? Sometimes, fuck-ups are so massive, there's no way back.
In this Fringe First-winning show, poet Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe examine the poetic guts of mistakes in a bundle of words and strip lighting.
The oh fuck moment is a conversation around a desk for brave souls to hold their hands up and admit they fucked up, or for people to laugh at us because we did.
I Wish I Was Lonely is a participatory show about contactability. A show in which the audience commit to leaving their phones on. Asking how much of ourselves we've given up to the new Gods in our pockets. I Wish I Was Lonely is the new show from Fringe-First winners Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe.
Chris and Hannah can offer workshops and residencies exploring interactive performance, poetry and writing.
"a brilliant celebration of our mistakes and evolutionary reflexes... a uniquely constructed show that feels like a strangely intimate office meeting, a performance lecture and a tea party."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"this remarkable piece of participatory theatre ranks as among the most absorbing and thought-provoking."
"a cleverly constructed piece of work"
Chris Thorpe and Hannah Jane Walker