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Hannah and Hanna

22 Jun 2001 – 5 Feb 2005
Written & Directed by
John Retallack

‘Hannah and Hanna’ tells the story of a teenage asylum seeker in Margate who befriends a local girl of the same age. Bonded by a mutual love of pop music, the two girls develop a friendship capable of overriding the bigotry that surrounds them.

Can what they have in common outweigh their differences?

‘Hannah and Hanna’ is a moving and humorous account of how conflict can be calmed by changes in experience and attitude.

‘Hannah and Hanna’ won the Edinburgh Festival Herald Archangel Award in 2001. In 2002 it was nominated for the TMA/Barclay Award for Best Play For Young People. In the same year ‘Hannah and Hanna’ was presented at the Time Out Critics Choice Festival at BAC and toured nationally. This was followed by two further national tours and by British Council supported presentations in India, Malaysia and the Philippines. It has been translated into eight languages.

Awards

Timeout Critics’ Choice, 2002
Herald Angel Winner, 2001

This is a past production

Venues

2001
Battersea Arts Centre, London
Arcola Theatre, London
Pleasance Theatre, London
Brighton Dome
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

2002
The Tron, Glasgow
Contact Theatre, Manchester
Komedia, Brighton
The Theatre, Chipping Norton
The Point, Eastleigh
The Bull, Barnet
Eastwood Theatre, Nottinghamshire
Bonington Theatre, Arnold
Dukeries Theatre, Ollerton
Old Library, Mansfield
Toot Hill Theatre, Bingham
The Brewhouse, Burton on Trent
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Cumbernauld Theatre
MacRobert Centre, Stirling
Village Theatre, East Kilbride
Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast
Gateway Theatre, Chester
Castle Vale Leisure Centre, Birmingham artSites
Colmers Farm, Birmingham artSites
Broadway, Birmingham artSites
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
The Hawth, Crawley
Corn Exchange, Newbury
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Assembly Rooms, Ludlow

2003
The Albany, Deptford
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
The Hawth, Crawley
Anglia Ruskin Drama Studio, Cambridge
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Theatre, Bristol
Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
Courtyard, Hereford
Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool
Polka Theatre, London
Playhouse, Alnwick
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling
Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead
Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells
Croydon Clocktower, London
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Arts Centre Aberystwyth
Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
Library Theatre, Solihull
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
Theatre Gwynedd, Bangor
Burnley Mechanics
Civic Theatre, Darlington
Guildhall Theatre, Derby
Stahl Theatre, Oundle
Library Theatre, Birmingham
Venue Civic Theatre, Doncaster

2004–5
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Southport Arts Centre
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Middlesbrough Theatre
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Stag Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks
Theatre Royal, Margate
The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
The Lowry, Salford
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell
Greenwich Theatre, London

A little scorcher that gets right to the heart of the tensions that arise in depressed communities when refugees arrive. Lyn Gardner, The Guardian