Hannah Silva is a poet and playwright whose work often starts from a playful interrogation of language, voice and form. As a poet 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 London Word Festival and Stanza. Her debut poetry collection ‘Forms of Protest’ is published by Penned in the Margins.
Her work for theatre includes a solo show ‘Opposition’, a play for a large cast of teenage girls ‘Orchid’ (commissioned by the Lady Eleanor Holles School) and ‘The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’ (national tour Autumn 2013). Her latest play ‘Gagged’ was a runner up in the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights. She won the 2014 Tinniswood award for 'Marathon Tales' (co-written with Colin Teevan for BBC Radio 3). She is an associate lecturer in poetry and playwriting at Birkbeck College, University of London.
‘She uses techniques like cut-up and collage, sound poetry and physical theatre to create something that’s unique but nods to older forms like shamanism, pre-religious ceremonies, Dadaism, and the kind of games that children play with language’. Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3
'Radical, political, courageous' What's on Stage ***** [on 'Opposition']
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