Hannah Silva has shown her work internationally including at the Tokyo Design Centre, Krikri International Festival of Polyphony in Belgium and Poetry Hearings in Berlin. She has performed her poetry throughout the UK at festivals including Latitude, the Edinburgh Fringe, Ledbury Festival and Stanza. Her solo show Opposition toured nationally 2011-12 and was described by What’s on Stage as ‘radical, political, courageous’. Hannah has written for Radio 3 and regularly appears on The Verb. She is currently directing her play ‘The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’, touring a new solo work ‘The Total Man’ with Electronic Voice Phenomena and is Playwright in Residence at the Lady Eleanor Holles School. Hannah holds a first class degree in choreography and performance writing from Dartington College of Arts and an MFA in theatre practice from Exeter University. Her poetry is featured in anthologies from Penned in the Margins, Avalanche Books and Bloodaxe.
The Disappearance of Sadie Jones opened at the Bike Shed Theatre in April and will tour in the Autumn. Dates tba.
Total Man, a new solo piece for ‘Electronic Voice Phenomena’ touring the UK in May:
Part seance, part glitch-cabaret, each show is short-circuited by special guest artists, converging on an electrifying evening of feedback, vocal play and lyrical disruption.
Further details HERE
10 MAY 2013 THE SAGE GATESHEAD
15 MAY 2013 ST GEORGE’S HALL, LIVERPOOL
17 MAY 2013 THE BASEMENT, BRIGHTON
18 MAY 2013 RICH MIX, LONDON
19 MAY 2013 THE CUBE, BRISTOL
[20 MAY poetry and performance at Wordsmiths & co, Warwick Arts Centre, details below*]
22 MAY 2013 ANTHONY BURGESS FOUNDATION, MANCHESTER
23 MAY 2013 ARC STOCKTON
25 MAY 2013 NORWICH ARTS CENTRE
* 20th MAY: Wordsmiths & co, Warwick Arts Centre: 19:45: Poetry and Discussion DETAILS
6-7 JUNE: URBAN Poetry, Latvia. Workshop and performance
‘This brave and powerful play confirms Hannah Silva as a truly original voice’ **** Exeunt Magazine on ’The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’
‘Go to listen, marvel, participate. Go to be amazed. Just go’ ***** What’s on Stage - on Opposition, Edinburgh Fringe 2011
‘Her physical performances, fast-talking delivery and innovative use of cut-up text make her one of the most ambitious and entertaining poets in the country’ The Times, Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008
‘She uses techniques like cut-up and collage, sound poetry and physical theatre to create something that’s unique but nods to older forms like shamanism, pre-religious ceremonies, Dadaism, and the kind of games that children play with language’. The Verb, Radio 3
‘I was particularly impressed by Hannah Silva’s cut up spoken word poetry…It played on the psychological understanding and meaning of tones and words spliced together almost at random and expressing something quite new’ Sound and Music
‘A linguistic, lyrical collage that utterly mesmerizes’ Devon Life on Opposition
‘I’ve enjoyed working with Hannah over the course, though I feel she does not value her tools (technique, logic, objective assessment) and is mistrustful of anything that does not spring directly from her imagination. Oddly, the thing that sticks most in my mind about her compositions are the words she wrote for her last piece: ‘Drunken Darkness’. I hope that if she continues to compose she will want to develop further the means of communicating her imagination to the listener, as has happened to some extent naturally – with language’.
School report age 14 (composition teacher) : )