‘Radical, political, courageous…’ ***** What’s on Stage

‘A one woman embodiment of a political system in meltdown’ **** The Skinny

Ever watched a politician answer a question that left you none the wiser? Have you seen them give the same non-answer over and over to a completely different set of questions? Do you read newspapers and quietly wonder what on earth they are on about?

You’re not alone. Award-winning writer and performer Hannah Silva delivers her own manifesto that satirises the meaningless twaddle and jargon of modern political language.

Audiences become delegates at a party conference with a difference. Blair’s bluster gets busted, Churchill butts in on Obama and Cameron’s Big Society gets sliced and diced with live twitter feeds, weather reports, rant and rhetoric in a fast-talking, funny, razor -sharp performance that will make you question your right to free speech.

Video trailer on this blog or please click: HERE

 Opposition  was originally co-produced with The Barbican Theatre in Plymouth through ‘Flourish’. It was re-developed in Residence at Dartington Space with support from the Dartington Hall Trust. In association with Apples and Snakes. Funded by the Arts Council England and the Arts Unit, Plymouth City Council.


11th March: Barbican Theatre Plymouth ‘Flourish Season’
28th-29th June: Bike Shed Theatre Exeter, Exeter Fringe
August 14th-28th ZOO Southside Edinburgh Festival Fringe

16th Feb: ARC Stockton on Tees.
21st Feb : Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple.
24th Feb : The Albany, London (invited audience showing)
3rd May: Lincoln Drill Hall
8th June: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich: Pulse Festival,
30th June: Ashley Wood Festival , Wiltshire (low tech, abridged  version)
18-19th Oct: Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton 8pm
6-17th Nov: Ovalhouse, London 8pm


What’s on Stage *****

Go to listen, marvel, participate. Go to be amazed. Just go.

Fringe Review****

This whirlwind of humanity explodes onto the stage with striking force and energy….Captures the essence of what’s going on around us right now. “Highly Recommended Show”

The Skinny****

What is so exciting about this piece… is not only its aesthetic references to theatrical traditions of opposition to existing norms, such as Dadaism, but the way in which these references combine with an real critique of a contemporary issue.

Exeunt magazine****

“Silva’s not the first to pick and chip at political specifying, the hollowness of spin, but rarely has it been done with such vigour.”

 Hand and Star****

As her words are flung, so is her body. For this is also a brilliantly choreographed piece of physical theatre. Silva mimics (and inflate to extreme levels) the politician’s body language, transforming it into a mechanised, clownish vocabulary of gesture. Opposition is bizarre, clever and totally unique. Vote with your feet, and go see it now.

Devon Life

With astounding vocal dexterity, razor-sharp insight and a huge dose of playfulness, she defamiliarizes the words and phrases that daily bombard us via the media, in the process  creating a glorious ‘cut-up’ opera of epic proportions.   – it’s a linguistic, lyrical collage that utterly mesmerizes.

Sketches on Theatre (Miriam Gillinson)

A wired, slippery and brilliantly insightful performance, in which Silva not only explores but embodies the idea of political double speak.


The Bike Shed Theatre hosted the most technically skilful show that I’ve seen so far at this year’s festival… Hannah is an incredible performer, both physically and vocally; this show is worth watching for the technique alone. And it is great to see a performer offering us a challenging view of the status quo.
David Lockwood, artistic director, Bike Shed Theatre

A crafted and entertaining wild ride of political hyperbole.
David Prescott, Artistic Associate, Theatre Royal/Drum Theatre, Plymouth

‘The show was like nothing I have ever seen before. Incredibly well executed and superbly rehearsed which made it a joy to watch.
Alice Ochocka Education & Training Officer, Apples and Snakes

Wow, what a fab show! It’s so good and I would love to see it again. Brilliant show. Funny, radical, provoking, linguistically playful and challenging – all those things
Natalie McGrath, playwright

Audience Feedback:

‘Immaculately choreographed and brilliantly performed’.

‘Hannah Silva was captivating throughout’.

‘Political theatre at its best, funny and relevant!’

‘Proud to be a part of Hannah Silva’s Opposition’ (Saveourforests – on Twitter)

‘It was great to have crowd participation…breaking the fourth wall, the surreal nature of the performance worked’.

‘Loved it, very, very skilled performance, Hannah has a fabulous stage presence, brilliant piece, would not be out of place as a TV stand up show!

‘Feels like I’ve waited an age for a piece that used contemporary political and Big Society jargon as its referent.’

Hannah Silva, photos: Eileen Long


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