Born to Palestinian-Irish parents, Hannah grew up in Dubai. After university she worked as a journalist, before training as an actor.

Hannah's first short play, Ring, was selected for the Soho Theatre's Westminster Prize and her first full- length piece, Leaving Home, was staged at The King's Head. A commission for Rose Bruford at Battersea Arts Centre followed, and Hannah subsequently received support from The Peggy Ramsay Foundation to write Stolen Or Strayed, which received a Special Commendation in the Verity Bargate Award.

Further work includes Plan D, which was produced at Tristan Bates Theatre and was nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award and Hannah has worked with the National Theatre Studio, Royal Court (Young Writers' Programme) and Tinderbox Theatre in Belfast.

Most recently Hannah’s play Bitterenders, a black comedy about a Palestinian family in Jerusalem who are forced to share their house with Israeli settlers, won Sandpit Arts’ Bulbul 2013 competition and was staged at The Nightingale in Brighton. Her monologue The Worst Cook in the West Bank was performed as part of an evening of short plays about Arab women in the Arab Spring at the Old Red Lion in London and the Unity Theatre as part of the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival.

Hannah also writes for the radio, The Deportation Room, about the treatment of Gazans in Cairo airport, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 autumn 2012, while play Last of the Pearl Fishers will be on BBC Radio 4 early in 2015.

She has just finished writing her first short film The Record, and is currently developing an idea with BBC Drama for BBC One. For more information on Hannah’s plays visit.




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