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Hannah - Unicorn Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SIMON Evans directs Chris Thorpe’s Hannah at the Unicorn Theatre, where it runs from Saturday, February 8 to Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Described as a poetically lyrical and playful reworking of Doctor Faustus, Thorpe’s new play is about a young girl, her scientist mother and a mischievous lizard called Dave.

Hannah gets frustrated with the little things and wishes she had control; her mum on the other hand is out at work trying to save the world. But then Hannah’s life is turned upside down and there are some very big decisions to be made. How far should she go to save the world?

Taking inspiration from Marlowe’s classic, Hannah brings magic to modern life and takes the audience on a mesmerizing and vertiginous journey that examines the lure of power, control and choice, appearance and reality.

Using video projections, this new adaptation will transport audience members to the outer realms of Hannah’s imagination. The production will also feature magic and illusion, drawing on Simon Evans’ experience as a magician.

The cast is Kae Alexander (as Hannah), Irma Inniss (Mum), Ian Keir Attard (Dave) and Rhys Rusbatch (the Narrator).

Chris Thorpe is a writer, performer and theatre maker. He was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and still works and tours with the company. He is also an Artistic Associate of live art/theatre company Third Angel. His credits include There Has Possibly Been An Incident (Edinburgh/Soho); I Wish I Was Lonely (Edinburgh/tour), Dead End (mala voadora), The Oh Fuck Moment (Edinburgh Fringe/Tour), Come To Where I’m From (Paines Plough) and Here I Am (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Simon Evans credits include The Silence of the Sea (Donmar Warehouse/Trafalgar Studios), The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic), Thom Pain (The Print Room), Madness in Valencia (Trafalgar Studios), Skyscraper (Public Theatre New York) and The Speed Twins (Riverside Studios).

Hannah is part of the Unicorn’s programme of work, which looks at new ways of unlocking established works for a younger audience. This season has also featured Othello the Remix, Ignace Cornelissen’s Henry the Fifth and Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Tale.

A Unicorn production, Hannah is designed by Ben Stones, with lighting by David W Kidd, sound by Ed Lewis and projection design by Andreji Goulding.

Hannah is suitable for ages 11+.

To book, call 020 7645 0560 or visit www.unicorntheatre.com/.