• 27/09/19

About performance

Thaddeus Phillips (USA)

Age suitability: 16+
Duration: 90 min
Venue: Theatre of Nations, small stage

A trip around the world via storytelling at its most fluent: award-winning theatre director, designer and raconteur Thaddeus Phillips uses minimal props and magnetic charm to recreate 17 (unforgettable) Border Crossings. 

Using only lighting, shadows, comedy, drama and cheap magic, Thaddeus Phillips weaves a dramatic, visual and surreal examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs. Climb aboard the communist-era type train on its journey from Prague to Belgrade or lie low in the wheel well of a transatlantic jet to Heathrow, on true life journeys recreating invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle, run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries, KFC smuggling in Palestine and ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon in this captivating contemplation of the perplexing ins-and-outs of our fragile right of passage.

"Phillips is a fluid, shifting storyteller, something of a conjuror. As a piece of performance it is technically brilliant, dizzyingly so. Each episode is beautifully rendered, an act of transportation; he is effortlessly multilingual, cursing with aplomb in Serbian, mumbling in Arabic, purring in French as he snaps on a latex glove.”  

The Stage

"Powerful, vivid storytelling...both enjoyable and enlightening" 

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

"Witty, gently erudite and humane tales illustrate the absurd, haphazard nature of borders” 

The Times, London 

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This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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  • 08/10/2018 —
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  • 19/10/2018 —


  • Creation, Production Design and Performance — Thaddeus Phillips
  • Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental
  • Dramaturgy — Patrick Kealy
  • Direction and Translation — Tatiana Mallarino
  • Sound Designer — Rob Kaplowitz
  • Lights — David Todaro
  • Stage Management — Spencer Sheridan