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The Disappearance of Sadie Jones - Pleasance Theatre

Theatre preview

Hannah Silva and Milan Govedarica are presenting The Disappearance of Sadie Jones at the Pleasance, Islington – from November 26 to November 30, 2013.

Drawing inspiration from Strindberg’s Dream Plays, the latest work from writer and theatre-maker Hannah Silva blends sound design, distinctive writing and innovative vocal techniques to depict the story of Sadie Jones: a young woman battling a desire to disappear from her own life.

As she leads her sister and her boyfriend into the strange landscape of her subconscious, language and expressionist motifs depict a struggle between the three, as those closest to her are pulled into the depths of her psyche.

Served by a non-linear structure, Silva’s work invites interpretation and an intuitive response from audiences. Blending images from the past and the present together with those from the imagination, the piece reflects a struggle in consolidating mind and matter, whilst depicting “an authentic portrait of the reality of living with mental disorder, the eruptions caused by casual comments, moments of tenderness juxtaposed with angry incomprehension” (Exeunt).

Director and writer Hannah Silva said: “The play was written from a gut impulse, as a kind of protest. I tried to get beneath the surface of language, in an attempt to communicate emotions and feelings that can’t be expressed in logical, syntactically correct sentences. The piece always operates in relation to reality, but I want to take us right into Sadie’s world. I want us to see her, from her perspective, from the inside, and to glimpse her understanding of ‘disappearance’.”

Hannah Silva’s work often starts from a playful interrogation of language, voice and form. She has performed at the Tokyo Design Centre, Krikri International Festival of Polyphony in Belgium, Poetry Hearings in Berlin and throughout the UK at festivals including Latitude, the Edinburgh Fringe (Zoo Southside) and Stanza. Her solo show, Opposition, toured nationally 2011-12.

Silva has written for Radio 3 and regularly appears on The Verb. Her latest play Gagged has been shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights.

The Disappearance of Sadie Jones is performed by Stephanie Greer, Elizabeth Crarer and Alan Humphreys; has set and costume design by Fiona Chivers; and lighting by Gary Bowman.

The Disappearance of Sadie Jones is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7609 1800 or online at

Time: 7.45pm.

The London dates are part of a tour that also includes Barnstaple, Liverpool, Salford, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham and Plymouth.