Community Transmission is just a story I wanted to tell you. It’s not really about Covid, as much as a new version of an old and dangerous virus that existed before Covid and will outlast it. Also, while the incident and location of the story I’m telling has been adapted, the conversation I’m reporting actually happened. There are probably a million similar conversations going on right now as you read this.
Chris is a writer and performer from Manchester. He is currently working with China Plate touring his solo piece Statusinternationally and developing the final show in his trilogy in collaboration with Rachel Chavkin. He is Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange, Manchester – work for them includes There Has Possibly Been An Incident and The Mysteries, and work with their community projects and Young Company. Other theatre work includes Victory Condition and The Milk of Human Kindness for the Royal Court, as well as an upcoming Royal Court/Methuen commission focusing on the climate crisis and the Royal Court/FT film What Do You Want Me To Say?, and several shows for the Unicorn Theatre including a new version of Beowulf. He has ongoing collaborations with Rachel Chavkin (Conﬁrmation/Status/A Family Business), Lucy Ellinson (TORYCORE), Portugal’s mala voadora (Overdrama/House-Garden/Dead End/Your Best Guess, and in development Dying for the National Theatre of Portugal), Hannah Jane Walker (The Oh Fuck Moment/I Wish I Was Lonely) and Rachel Bagshaw, writing The Shape of the Pain in 2017 and adapting it for the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine in 2020. Chris was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and is an Associate of Live Art/Theatre company Third Angel with whom he co-wrote and toured Presumption and What I Heard About The World globally. Other regular collaborators include Yusra Warsama, Javaad Alipoor and Nassim Soleimanpour. Recent work also includes We Are The King Of Ventilators directed by Tim Etchells and performed by Jim Fletcher for the Onassis Foundation New York. He is currently writing a short piece for young people, Hold Out Your Hand with the Scottish Company Wonder Fools, and working with Melanie Wilson on her upcoming Artificial Intelligence Project for Fuel Theatre.
Chris’s work tours internationally and is also regularly produced for stage and radio throughout Europe and in the US, including Victory Condition at Residenzteater Munich, and the Italian productions of There Has Possibly Been an Incident and Confirmation were awarded the Premio Franco Enriquez 2018. His work has won multiple Fringe First awards. Chris was the Arvon mentor for playwrighting, 2016/17 and works with the National Student Drama Festival.