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  • Hannah Maxwell presents

    Nan, Me & Barbara Pravi

    Tue 14 - Thu 16 (7.15pm) & Fri 17 Nov (9pm)
    Tickets £8 - £15
    Entirely fictional. And completely true. Voila. An epic tale of care, crisis and the Eurovision Song Contest by the acclaimed creator of I, AmDram.

    Content Notice
    Running Time 70 minutes
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Captioned Performance
    Captioned PerformanceOn Thurs 16 Nov
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Content Notice
    Content NoticeReference to drug use, addiction, overdose, addiction recovery, death, terminal cancer, care provision. Suitable for 16+
    Health Notice
    Health NoticeFlashing lights, food/drink consumed by performer.

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    In 2021, Hannah Maxwell moved back to the home counties to care for her recently bereaved grandmother. But this show isn’t about that. It’s about France’s Eurovision star Barbara Pravi, who’s just lovely.

    In-between cooking, cleaning and Countdown, Maxwell escapes into an intensifying fantasy of ballroom dances, heartfelt ballads, fluent French and definitely-not-creepy plots to engineer a meet-cute with a random foreign celebrity. It’s La La Land meets Mission Impossible meets Hannah’s nan.

    There will be a Touch Tour and Audio Described introduction to the world of the show before the performance on Wed 15 Nov. The Touch Tour will start at 6.45pm and will run for approximately 25 minutes. Please note the show will follow straight after at 7.15pm.

    Winner of the 2023 Summerhall Lustrum Award

    Nominated for the BBC/Popcorn Group Award for New Writing

    Written and performed by Hannah Maxwell.
    Produced by Becky Plotnek & Plotnek Productions.
    Directed by Len Gwyn.
    Dramaturg: Annie Siddons.
    Lighting & Technical Design: Jo Palmer.
    Video Design: Livvy Lynch.
    Sound Design: Juan Luis Casanellas Donoso.
    Set & Costume Design: Rachel Gammon.
    Animation by May Kindred-Boothby.
    Technical Stage Manager: Benji Huntrods.

    Commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre and supported by Menagerie Theatre Company, Queen Mary University of London, and Old Diorama Arts Centre. Made possible by generous support from Arts Council England.

    Commissioned by CPT
    "A masterclass in storytelling"
    Time Out
    "Watch it and its appeal is obvious"
    Financial Times
    "An outstanding production, beautiful, funny and sad"
    Scottish Field
    "You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll be glad you are alive"
    "Douze points across the board"
    Theatre Weekly
    "Delightful and clever"
    "A warm-hearted, insightful and inspirational exploration of the need to care – for others, and for ourselves"
    ToDo List
    "Maxwell’s writing is electric, witty and charmingly delivered"
    The List
    "A bracing, always sharply entertaining turn of phrase and an irresistible presence"
    Lyn Gardner for The Stage

    "Companies like us genuinely would not be making theatre if it was not for the ability of CPT and its team to identify artists who are worth taking a chance on."

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