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3 January–20 January 2018

Papatango Theatre Company


by Sam Potter

Directed by George Turvey

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.

Starring Sophie Khan Levy, most recently seen on stage in Fracked (Chichester Festival Theatre and national tour) and A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Christmas TruceLove’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (RSC).

Click here to read Sam Potter’s blog post about what inspired her to write Hanna


There will be a relaxed performance of  Hanna at 3.30pm on Saturday 13 January.

Relaxed performances are created to be a more relaxed presentation of a show, with adapted sound and lighting and minor script adjustments, plus increased wheelchair capacity.

Families with young children, or people with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition, or sensory or communication disorder are especially welcome.

★★★★★ A phenomenal performance. Beautifully acted, fantastically directed and like nothing you've seen before.
—Broadway World
★★★★ An outstanding performance of a memorable and moving look at nature and nurture and what family really means.
—The Times
★★★★ Gripping as much as it is poignant. A very personal story, well-acted and well-directed.
★★★★ 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
★★★★ An absolute powerhouse performance, entirely gripping.
—Gay Times
I found myself hanging on every word…raises big questions and is performed superbly.
—The Guardian
Engrossingly written and beautifully performed.
—The Independent
Khan Levy does an outstanding job.
—The Stage
Captivating, beautifully played.
—Time Out
Charming, engaging, compelling and rich.
A real masterpiece of a portrayal of a young woman who fights for her rights…A must-see.
—A Younger Theatre


Sophie Khan Levy


Sam Potter


George Turvey


Jasmine Swan

Lighting Designer

Jack Weir

Sound Designer

Richard Hammarton
Standard £15
Concessions £12
Previews £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday matinee at 3.30pm
Previews 3 & 4 January

Saturday 6 January, matinee:
There will be a post-show discussion with Papatango and People in Harmony, an organisation for mixed race people, families and couples, on how the play was inspired, its development, and its exploration of heritage, culture and identity.

Monday 8 January:
There will be a post-show discussion with the Hanna creative team on commissioning and producing this world premiere.

Running time: 65 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Strong language

Suitable for 12+

Press enquiries: Amy Bramman (Kate Morley PR) — amy@katemorleypr.com

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