By Sam Potter
Arcola Theatre & UK Tour
Directed by George Turvey. Designed by Jasmine Swan. Lighting by Jack Weir. Sound by Richard Hammarton.
Cast: Sophie Khan Levy.
“The only words are to do with adoption. But that’s not what happened to us. What happened to us was something quite different.”
Being a young mum is supposed to be hard – but for Hanna, the only thing she’s ever been brilliant at is raising her beloved daughter Ellie.
Until a DNA test reveals staggering news. Ellie is not Hanna’s child. And now her ‘real’ parents want to meet.How can an ancient mix-up in an overstretched maternity ward be explained to a three-year-old? Is Hanna supposed to let these strangers into her daughter’s life? Forced to question what being a parent really means, Hanna makes a drastic decision that will change all their lives.This funny, heartfelt and compelling world premiere from Offie-nominated playwright Sam Potter asks what family means in a modern society, delicately weaving in questions of racial identity, economic privilege, and the lottery of birth.
Sam Potter was Papatango’s second Resident Playwright. The world premiere of Hanna follows the production in 2016 of After Indepedence by the first Resident Playwright, May Sumbwanyambe.
The press on Hanna:
★★★★ “An outstanding performance of a memorable and moving look at nature and nurture and what family really means.” The Times (Critic’s choice)
★★★★ “A great subject for a play – an emotional tug-of-war. Potter is sharp and entertaining about nature and nurture and the divisiveness of British society.” The Observer
★★★★★ “A phenomenal performance. Beautifully acted, fantastically directed and like nothing you’ve seen before.” Broadway World
★★★★ “Gripping as much as it is poignant. A very personal story, well-acted and well-directed.” London Theatre 1
★★★★ “Witty, dramatic, humorous and surprising. A show that you should see. It tackles red hot issues.” Rewrite This Story
★★★★ “Heart-wrenching and heart-warming, a whirlwind of a story. Utterly captivating. Hanna is the perfect show to start your new year on the right foot, and will leave you grateful to be alive and loved.” Theatre Bubble
“I found myself hanging on every word…raises big questions and is performed superbly.” Michael Billington, The Guardian
“Captivating, beautifully played.” Time Out
“Charming, engaging, compelling and rich.” Exeunt
“A real masterpiece of a portrayal of a young woman who fights for her rights…A must-see.” A Younger Theatre
“Engrossingly written and beautifully performed.” The Independent
“Khan Levy does an outstanding job.” The Stage
Hanna played at the following venues;
Arcola Theatre 3 – 20 January 2018
Cheltenham Everyman 22 – 23 January 2018
Oxford North Wall 24 January 2018
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre 25 January 2018
Bedford Quarry Theatre 26 January 2018
Luton Hat Factory 27 January 2018
Exeter Bikeshed 30 January – 3 February 2018
Theatr Clwyd 7 – 8 February 2018
Greenwich Theatre 19 – 21 February 2018
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff 22 February 2018