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 After Independence:
“★★★★ Notable debut play, presented by those remarkable unearthers of new talent, Papatango.” The Evening Standard
“★★★★ A debut of astonishing maturity…a rare discovery.” The Times
“★★★★ Beautifully crafted [with] echoes of Chekhov.” Hackney Gazette
“Highly intelligent and thoughtful.” Daily Telegraph
“A beautiful production of a promising debut.” The Stage
“Director George Turvey’s skill in marshalling four strong performances.” Time Out
“Plaudits to Papatango Theatre Company for its role in finding the best and brightest new writing talent in the UK.” One World
“Hugely impressive.” The Spectator
Buy tickets from the links to the venues below;
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
Exeter Bikeshed 30 January – 3 February 2018
Theatr Clwyd 7 – 8 February 2018
Hope Street Theatre Liverpool 9 – 10 February 2018
Greenwich Theatre 19 – 21 February 2018
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff 22 February 2018