Palestinian-Irish writer

Hannah is a playwright and dramatist.

Her work for stage includes A Museum in Baghdad, which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in 2019 directed by Erica Whyman, and will transfer to London’s Kiln Theatre in April 2020; Interference at National Theatre of Scotland, The Scar Test at Soho Theatre and Scenes from 68* Years at the Arcola. Scenes from 68* Years was nominated for the James Tait Black award and has subsequently been produced by Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisco and in Tunisia production (supported by British Council Tunisia and AFAC and produced by Alia Al Zougbi). 

She is under currently commission to write new work for Shakespeare's Globe and Chichester Festival Theatre.

Alongside her theatre work, Hannah has written numerous radio plays, including The Unwelcome, Last of the Pearl Fishers and The Deportation Room all for BBC Radio 4. Television work includes multiple episodes of the Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks.

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
Lime Pictures for E4



The Hakawatis
In development.
The Globe Theatre
Director Audrey Sheffield
Hampstead Theatre
Director Erica Whyman
The Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Cora Bissett
National Theatre of Scotland
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