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Papatango Theatre Company


by Sam Potter

Directed by George Turvey
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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).

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

★★★★ May Sumbwanyambe’s notable debut play, presented by those remarkable unearthers of new talent, Papatango.
—Evening Standard (On After Independence, 2016)
★★★★ A debut of astonishing maturity…a rare discovery
—The Times (On After Independence, 2016)
★★★★ A strong debut...Passionate performances
—Plays To See (On After Independence, 2016)
★★★★ Beautifully crafted...Echoes of Chekhov
—Hackney Gazette (On After Independence, 2016)


Sophie Khan Levy


Sam Potter


George Turvey


Jasmine Swan

Lighting Designer

Jack Weir

Sound Designer

Richard Hammarton
Standard £15
Concessions £12
Previews £12

Tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

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

Running time: 65 minutes approximately .

Suitable for 12+

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

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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Arcola Theatre Production Company is a registered charity no.1108613. Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England no.5242988. Registered Office: 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.

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