“The only words are to do with adoption. But that’s not what happened to us. What happened to us was something quite different.”
Being a young mum is supposed to be hard – but for Hanna, the only thing she’s ever been brilliant at is raising her beloved daughter Ellie.
Until a DNA test reveals staggering news. Ellie is not Hanna’s child. And now her ‘real’ parents want to meet.
How can an ancient mix-up in an overstretched maternity ward be explained to a three-year-old? Is Hanna supposed to let these strangers into her daughter’s life? Forced to question what being a parent really means, Hanna makes a drastic decision that will change all their lives.
This funny, heartfelt and compelling world premiere from Off West End Award nominee Sam Potter asks what family means in a modern society, delicately weaving in questions of racial identity, economic privilege, and the lottery of birth.
‘A phenomenal performance. Beautifully acted, fantastically directed and like nothing you’ve seen before.’ ★★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD
‘A great subject for a play – an emotional tug-of-war. Potter is sharp and entertaining about nature and nurture and the divisiveness of British society.’ ★★★★ THE OBSERVER
‘An outstanding performance of a memorable and moving look at nature and nurture and what family really means.’ ★★★★ THE TIMES
‘Gripping as much as it is poignant. A very personal story, well-acted and well-directed.’ ★★★★ LONDON THEATRE 1
‘Heart-wrenching and heart-warming, a whirlwind of a story. Utterly captivating. Hanna is the perfect show to start your new year on the right foot, and will leave you grateful to be alive and loved.’ ★★★★ THEATRE BUBBLE
‘Absolute powerhouse performance. An excellent demonstration of just how powerful words can be. Unlike anything we’ve seen and entirely gripping.’ ★★★★ GAY TIMES
‘Witty, dramatic, humorous and surprising. A show that you should see. It tackles red-hot issues.’ ★★★★ REWRITE THIS STORY
‘I found myself hanging on every word…raises big questions and is performed superbly.’ MICHAEL BILLINGTON, THE GUARDIAN
‘Captivating, beautifully played.’ TIME OUT
‘A real masterpiece of a portrayal of a young woman who fights for her rights…A must-see.’ A YOUNGER THEATRE
‘Engrossingly written and beautifully performed.’ THE INDEPENDENT
Suitable for ages 12+.
Director | George Turvey
Designer | Jasmine Swan
Lighting Designer | Jack Weir;
Sound Designer | Richard Hammarton
Starring Sophie Khan Levy, most recently seen on stage in Fracked (Chichester Festival Theatre and national tour) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Christmas Truce, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (RSC).