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Olivia Hannah

Olivia Hannah is a Newcastle-based scriptwriter.

She wrote her first full-length play, ‘Braids’, as a member of the Royal Court Writers’ Group (North) in 2018. ‘Braids’ went on to be long-listed for the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award and selected by Live Theatre in Newcastle, where Olivia is also an Associate Artist. ‘Braids’ was then scheduled for performance in April 2020, cancelled due to Covid-19. It was subsequently selected for BBC Radio 4’s Lights Up! festival in March 2021 and nominated for Best Play for Young Audiences at WGGB Awards 2023.

In 2019, her short play ‘Michelle’ was developed and performed as part of Workie Ticket Theatre Company’s ‘Women Warriors project’, working with female veterans to share their experiences.

She is a recipient of a 2019 Slate R&D commission from Eclipse, to develop an interactive theatre piece around Northern Soul and Black diaspora music in Newcastle in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 2019, Olivia received an Early Development award from the BFI to write a treatment for a ‘Braids’ screenplay and is currently working with producers to develop the feature.

Most recently, Olivia took part in the 2020 BBC Northern Voices scheme, as part of which she wrote a TV pilot for ‘Influence’, an anthology series about the impact of social media on offline life. And in August 2020, her second play ‘Shit Life Crisis’ was long-listed for the Paines Plough Women’s Prize for Playwriting.

Credits

IN DEVELOPMENT
Production (role):
INFLUENCE
Project details:
Pilot script written with 2020 BBC Northern Voices scheme

An anthology series about the impact of social media on offline life
Production (role):
BRAIDS
Project details:
Feature screenplay developed with the Early Development award from the BFI

Based on Olivia's stage play by the same name
THEATRE
Date: October 2021
Production (role):
BRAIDS
Company:
Live Theatre Newcastle
Project details:
Directed by ANNA RYDER
Designed by ANNA ORTON
Performed by JACKIE EDWARDS & DAVID FALLON
Production (role):
BRAIDS
Project details:
Written as a member of the Royal Court Writers’ Group (North) in 2018.

Long-listed for the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award and commissioned by Live Theatre in Newcastle, where Olivia is also an Associate Artist.

Selected for BBC Radio 4’s Lights Up! festival in March 2021.

Nominated for Best Play for Young Audiences - WGGB Awards 2023
Production (role):
SHIT LIFE CRISIS
Project details:
Long-listed for the Paines Plough Women’s Prize for Playwriting in 2019

Credits

  • Production (role)
    Project details
  • Production (role): INFLUENCE
    Project details: Pilot script written with 2020 BBC Northern Voices scheme

    An anthology series about the impact of social media on offline life
  • Production (role): BRAIDS
    Project details: Feature screenplay developed with the Early Development award from the BFI

    Based on Olivia's stage play by the same name
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: October 2021
    Production (role): BRAIDS
    Company: Live Theatre Newcastle
    Project details: Directed by ANNA RYDER
    Designed by ANNA ORTON
    Performed by JACKIE EDWARDS & DAVID FALLON
  • Date:
    Production (role): BRAIDS
    Company:
    Project details: Written as a member of the Royal Court Writers’ Group (North) in 2018.

    Long-listed for the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award and commissioned by Live Theatre in Newcastle, where Olivia is also an Associate Artist.

    Selected for BBC Radio 4’s Lights Up! festival in March 2021.

    Nominated for Best Play for Young Audiences - WGGB Awards 2023
  • Date:
    Production (role): SHIT LIFE CRISIS
    Company:
    Project details: Long-listed for the Paines Plough Women’s Prize for Playwriting in 2019
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