Papatango Theatre Company

Hanna

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).


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.