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Getting Plan D On

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This blog details Hannah's experience of producing her play Plan D at the Tristan Bates Theatre, from 25 January to 13 February 2010.

Article on Scenes From 62 Years

Post Production Posted on Sat, September 25, 2010 21:46:29

Just a quick note to let those of you who can speak arabic know that there was an article on my new play Scenes From 62 Years in Dar Al Hayat paper, here’s the link:

Reading update

Post Production Posted on Tue, September 07, 2010 15:04:09

Thank you to everyone who came to the reading of Scenes From 62 Years at the Mosaic Rooms last week. We were filled to the rafters and had a wonderful cast of actors:

Jennie Christo, Stephen Darcy (pictured), Jermaine Dominque (pictured), Houda Echouafni, Andy Lucas, Charlotte Pyke (pictured) and Simon Silva.

Sadly Joanna Wake was sick on the day and so I had to read in, which was nerve wracking but I don’t think it marred the audience’s enjoyment too much, who gave me a lot of interesting feedback afterwards, which I now need to mull over.

We are now at the beginning of our journey to get the play produced and I’ll make sure I post all the updates here, so watch this space. Any ideas you might have would be gratfeully recieved email me at

In the meantime a big thank to you the actors, the director Chris White, the A.M. Qattan Foundation for hosting the reading and the Jerwood Space for offering us subsidised rehearsal space.

I also took a few pics at the rehearsal for the reading which you can see in the Plan D Gallery.

Invitation – Scenes From 62 Years

Post Production Posted on Fri, August 13, 2010 15:00:28

As promised here are the details of the reading – the first sneak preview – of my new play about Palestine Scenes From 62 Years

Its kindly being hosted at the beautiful Mosiac Rooms at the Qattan Foundation in Earls Court on Wednesday 1 September at 6.30pm. I really hope you can make it.

Please RSVP if you’d like to come to as there’ll be a guest list on the door – how exciting.

I’m in the process of confirming the actors – who I hope will include some of the wonderful people who were in Plan D – I’ll report back as soon as I have any confirmed.

My New Play

Post Production Posted on Wed, July 21, 2010 18:05:05

I just wanted to update you on what I’ve been up to since Plan D closed – no I haven’t been squandering my time, in fact I’ve written a new play about Palestine.

I finished a first draft of Scenes From 62 Years about a month ago, then did an informal reading with some lovely actors (some of whom were in Plan D). After that I’ve redrafted and I now have the new play!

I’m planning to do a public staged reading in London in early September, date and venue to be confirmed.

Watch this space for more information…

Upcoming Talk & Further News

Post Production Posted on Fri, May 14, 2010 14:57:36

Well Plan D closed 3 months ago now – can it be so long? Last month the play’s director Chris White and I travelled to Ghent in Belgium where we participated in the inaugural Palestinian Film festival planned by theatre company Victoria Deluxe and Peace organisation Vrede. It was an amazing weekend with fascinating seminars, discussions and films and I had the privilege of sitting on a discussion panel on the topic of Cultural Resistance.

For those of you who are interested in learning more about Palestine I’ve decided to post occasional related events here, there is one coming up organised by Living Stones, at St Marys University in Strawberry Hill (coincidentally – where I went to uni). It’s the Michael Prior Memorial lecture being given by

Jacqueline Rose
called Endgame: Beckett and Genet in the Middle East
on Wednesday 26 May at 6-8pm

It should be very interesting.

I’m also currently writing a new play about Palestine – watch this space…

Me Again – Ignore if you don’t speak Arabic!

Post Production Posted on Fri, February 19, 2010 12:16:36

Hi there – thought you’d seen the back of me for a while, didn’t you…

Just a heads up for anyone reading who is an Arabic speaker that we have a feature about the play in Al Quds Al Arabi.

You can read about Plan D in Al Quds Al Arabi by clicking here.

Curtain Call

Performances Posted on Wed, February 17, 2010 14:23:45

I am in shock
It’s all over!
6 weeks gone in a flash…

The last week was completely sold out! I only managed to watch by sitting in the lighting box with our lovely stage manager Alexia while Chris the director and Paul the designer stood at the back!

On Friday after the show we had a meal with all our lovely cast in a great Arabic restaurant called Safadi Express in Holborn. Then on Saturday we had to do the ‘Get Out’ (ie erasing all memory of our play from the theatre) straight after the play which was really odd. I came close to throwing a tantrum as I watched our beautiful steel set being cut up into pieces that would fit out of the door and into Jona’s van *SOB*

But thanks to Jacob the very efficient TBT technician we managed to get the last tube home, laden down with props and dirty costumes (the glamour).

It’s very sad to think that is the end of Plan D. It was such a strong production – I feel very privileged as I’m sure most writers don’t feel like the final piece on stage is entirely what they had envisioned when writing it – but that was truly my experience with Plan D.

I really hope this isn’t the end… you never know an opportunity might arise to do it again… if it does I’ll update this blog with info so you all hear about it first.

Till then if you need to get hold of me I’m on

Thank you everyone who came to see the play and who has been reading the blog


A Fantastic Screening

Performances Posted on Wed, February 10, 2010 16:47:00

Last night after the show there was a very special post-performance event. Eyal Sivan an Israeli documentary maker came to see the play and afterwards screened some excerpts from his Towards A Common Archive. These interviews were part of the Oral Histories day I went to at SOAS a couple of years ago which inspired me to write the play, so it was very exciting and moving for me to be able to see them again, and for the audience and cast to be able to share them.

Eyal picked some very interesting interviews and I think everyone was struck by them… It was also clear to see how they connected to the play – it was fantastic.
There’s a short biog of Eyal at the bottom for those of you who are interested – his new film will be screened at the Palestinian Film Festival at the Barbican from 30 April to 14 May – I’m already excited to see it.

Tickets Update: We have only 4 performances to go, and they are more or less sold out – but there may be returns available so do ask to go on the reserves list.

Eyal Sivan is a London based Filmmaker, producer, essayist and scholar. Currently he is Reader in Media production and co-leader of the MA in Film Video and New Media program at the school of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of East London (UEL). Born in Haifa Israel in 1964, Eyal grew up in Jerusalem and after working as a professional photographer in Tel-Aviv he left Israel in 1985 and settled in Paris where he lived for 22 years. Eyal directed more then 10 worldwide awarded feature-length political documentaries and produced many others. His cinematographic works were shown and awarded various prizes in prestigious festivals. Beside worldwide theatrical releases and TV broadcasts, Eyal’s works are regularly exhibit in many major contemporary art shows around the world. Eyal publishes and lectures on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, documentary filmmaking and ethics, political crimes’ representation, political use of memory, genocide and representation. He is the founder and artistic director of the Paris based film production company, Momento! as well as the distribution company Scalpel. Sivan is the founder and Chief Editor of Cinema South Notebooks in Israel – a journal of cinema and Political critic, and editor as member of the editorial board of the Paris based publishing house La Fabrique. He’s member of the editorial board and columnist at the French social studies journal De l’autre Côté.

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