Palestinian-Irish writer

Hannah is a playwright and dramatist.

In 2019, new work by Hannah will be presented at the Globe Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre of Scotland. Her past plays include Plan D, Bitterenders, The Scar Test and Scenes from 68* Years. She was the Bush Theatre's Project 2036 writer on attachment in 2017.

Her work for radio includes The Deportation Room, Last of the Pearl Fishers and the forthcoming The Unwelcome for BBC Radio 4. She has written multiple episodes of Hollyoaks for television.

She is also the founder and artistic director of Manara Theatre, a theatre company which champions the work of Middle Eastern and North African writers.

Hannah was named winner of the Arab British Centre’s Cultural Award 2017, and her work is published 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

Wickedly funny and heartbreaking.

David Ralf
The Stage on Scenes From 68* Years

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 Emily Gascoyne
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The Hakawatis
In Development
The Globe Theatre
Director Cora Bissett
National Theatre of Scotland
Director Erica Whyman
Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Sara Joyce
Untold Arts / Soho Theatre
Scenes From 68* Years
Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Award
Director Chris White
Alia Alzougbi / Arcola Theatre
Director Manijeh Mohamedi
Z Space/ Golden Thread's ReOrient Festival San Francisco
Director Kirsty Housley
Theatre Delicatessen as part of Theatre Uncut
Director Diyan Zora
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 Mary Peate
Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
Director Nandita Ghose
Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
Director Mary Peate
Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4