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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.

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.

Familiar Faces in the Crowd

Performances Posted on Thu, February 04, 2010 14:01:17

Well here we are – almost halfway through the run, I can hardly believe it! I’m so proud of the play and the actors and I’m really enjoying myself.

While sitting in the audience I’ve noticed a few people I recognise – apart from all my lovely friends and family who have come to see Plan D. Last night Dr Hassassian the Palestinian Ambassador was there – he really seemed to enjoy the play and chatted to the actors afterwards.

Meanwhile, last week on press night my mum was thoroughly excited to spot Eastender Nick Cotton – aka actor John Altman in the audience.

Earlier this week I am told Political Comedian Mark Thomas was watching – I wonder what he made of it…

We’ve also had a few more reviews – here’s the Camden New Journal review that came out today.

Those of you who speak Arabic may also be interested to know I’m being interviewed this evening for Al Quds paper, I’ll forward the link to that when it’s published too.

First Review

Performances Posted on Fri, January 29, 2010 14:10:55

Well I have no nails left after our first three performances. But they have been crackers, especially Wednesday night when Michael Billington from the Guardian came along.

His review is in the Guardian today and he said some lovely things about the production:

“Khalil writes with feeling about homelessness, migration and a culture in which masculinity is equated with ownership.”

“sharp performances from George Couyas as the possessive father, Houda Echouafni as his guilt-ridden wife and Amira Ghazalla as her gun-bearing mother”

I’ve also added production shots to the Plan D Gallery – they are by Liz Hyder and beautiful – here’s a taster:

We Are Open!

Performances Posted on Wed, January 27, 2010 14:33:51

Plan D opened last night to a very healthy audience (over half full). All of whom were very concentrated and intent and seemed really engaged with the piece.

The actors were troopers and despite being exhausted from technical rehearsals that went right up to a couple of hours before the performance gave sterling and stirring performances. There was one slight technical hiccup but I dont htink anyone excepet me and the director noticed it!

We have one more preview tonight before press night tomorrow so do keep your fingers crossed for us.

Also we’ve sold out quite a few performances now so do book if you haven’t yet to avoid missing out!