Hannah Khalil

Palestinian-Irish writer

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An award-wining writer, 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.

Further work includes: Plan D, produced at Tristan Bates Theatre and nominated for the Meyer Whitworth Award; Bitterenders, winner of Sandpit Arts’ Bulbul 2013 competition and produced at Z Space San Francisco; and The Worst Cook in the West Bank at the Old Red Lion in London and the Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

In addition, Scenes from 68* Years played at The Arcola Theatre in April 2016 to critical and audience acclaim: “This new work by Palestinian/Irish playwright Hannah Khalil confirms her as a dramatist of compelling potential” - Daily Telegraph. Scenes has been nominated for the James Tait Black Award 2017.

Most recently The Scar Test - a play about women in detention in the UK - was commissioned by Untold Arts and performed on tour and at Soho Theatre London in July 2017.

Plan D is published by TCG America as part of Inside/Outside Six plays from Palestine and the Diaspora edited by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi, while Bitterenders forms part of Double Exposure Anthology due to be published in Canada in 2016. Scenes will form part of Routledge USA’s new anthology Plays By Women of Color in autumn 2017.

Hannah work for radio includes The Deportation Room and Last of the Pearl Fishers, both for BBC Radio 4.

Hannah’s first short film The Record took the Tommy Vine Award at the Underwire Festival 2015 and is in post-production. She has been selected for this year’s BBC Holby City Shadow Scheme and is the Bush Theatre’s writer on attachment as part of Project 2036. She is under commission to Theatre Royal Stratford East for a new play about Palestine co-written with Evan Placey.

Hannah was named winner of the Arab British Centre’s Cultural Award 2017.

Her work is published in the UK by Methuen Drama.

I do feel like you can’t get away from the political if you want to write something really meaningful: with my background being Palestinian-Irish, I suspect it’s why I have a keen sense of injustice, and that’s the thing that inspires me to write.

Hannah Khalil
on The Scar Test

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Wickedly funny and heartbreaking.

David Ralf
The Stage on Scenes From 68* Years

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A remarkable piece of writing made outstanding by a dynamic production. 

Dave Fargnoli
Exeunt Magazine on Scenes From 68* Years

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Producer Untold Arts
Director Sara Joyce

A snapshot of life in detention.

Soho Theatre
Producer Alia Alzougbi
Director Chris White

Explores what life is, has been, and continues to be, for Palestinians living under occupation. 

Arcola Theatre
Z Space/ Golden Thread's ReOrient Festival San Francisco
Director Kirsty Housley

Short play about freedom of speech in a bill with Caryl Churchill & Mark Ravenhill.

Theatre Delicatessen as part of Theatre Uncut
Director Diyan Zora
A Palestinian woman cooks for her huge family but she is sick of the word 'revolution', and isn’t afraid to say why.
Old Red Lion, London and Unity Theatre Liverpool
Plan D
nominated, Meyer Whitworth Award
Director Chris White

Tristan Bates Theatre
Director Pia Furtado
The King's Head, London



Director Nandita Ghose
Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
Director Mary Peate
Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4