About

Hannah Khalil, Playwright

 

 

 

 

Biography:

An award-wining writer, Hannah's first short play, Ring, was selected for the Soho Theatre's Westminster Prize and her first full- length piece, Leaving Home, was staged at The King's Head.

 

Further work includes: Plan D, produced at Tristan Bates Theatre and nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award; Bitterenders, winner of Sandpit Arts’ Bulbul 2013 competition and produced at Z Space San Francisco; and The Worst Cook in the West Bank at the Old Red Lion in London and the Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

 

In addition, Scenes from 68* Years played at The Arcola Theatre in April 2016 to critical and audience acclaim: “This new work by Palestinian/Irish playwright Hannah Khalil confirms her as a dramatist of compelling potential” - Daily Telegraph. Scenes has been nominated for the James Tait Black Award 2017.

 

Most recently The Scar Test - a play about women in detention in the UK - was commissioned by Untold Arts and performed on tour and at Soho Theatre London in July 2017.

 

Plan D is published by TCG America as part of Inside/Outside Six plays from Palestine and the Diaspora edited by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi, while Bitterenders forms part of Double Exposure Anthology due to be published in Canada in 2016. Scenes will form part of Routledge USA’s new anthology Plays By Women of Color in autumn 2017.

 

Hannah work for radio includes The Deportation Room and Last of the Pearl Fishers, both for BBC Radio 4.

 

Hannah’s first short film The Record took the Tommy Vine Award at the Underwire Festival 2015 and is in post-production. She has been selected for this year’s BBC Holby City Shadow Scheme and is the Bush Theatre’s writer on attachment as part of Project 2036. She is under commission to Theatre Royal Stratford East for a new play about Palestine co-written with Evan Placey.

 

Hannah was named winner of the Arab British Centre’s Cultural Award 2017.

 

Her work is published in the UK by Methuen Drama.

 

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