Hannah Silva Hannah Silva, writer, teacher, performer & theatre maker.

Hannah Silva is a writer & theatre maker based in Plymouth. She performs spoken word and theatre internationally and throughout the UK. She teaches creative writing in Plymouth and is touring as a performance poet with Apples & Snakes this Autumn. For more info please see www.hannahsilva.co.uk

Nice things people have said about my work:

- David Caddy, Tears in the Fence:

Hannah’s work is continually evolving and widening its scope. Her work occupies a fascinating space that draws upon sound poetry, music and theatre. Similar to sound poets and performers in the Sixties and Seventies, her work is open, engaging, theatrical and wonderfully musical. She is able to attract and hold quite diverse audiences. In particular, she has the ability to attract those people that might not have seen such a versatile live performer. I greatly admire Hannah’s ability to develop new work, ideas and audiences. She is a rare talent.

-The Times, Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008:

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.

- Sound and Music, Ashley Wong:

I was particularly impressed by Hannah Silva’s cut up spoken word poetry that began as a nervous introduction of herself and then spiralled into a cryptic play of words and the expression of speech by using only the same words used in her first intro. It played on the psychological understanding and meaning of tones and words spliced together almost at random and expressing something quite new.

-Baroque in Hackney, Katy Evans Bush:

It was really quite astonishing. A really good take on what the meanings are of language itself, as an entity. Her shtick was to make her own speech sound like a recording – a recording manipulated, at that. You don’t get this in the usual poetry readings I go to – not the performancey ones, either.

-Gists and Piths, Simon Turner, on Threshold:

A headon collision between Bob Cobbing and Alice Oswald. Silva’s work is extremely exciting, representing as it does a marriage of performance poetics, and more ‘academic’ tendencies in modern poetry. The results were/are invigorating.

- Jenni Doherty, Guildhall Press:
Innovative, experimental, raw, sexy, brave, original and a breath of fresh air.

- Audience members, 'boat on the water' (Plymouth 2009, commissioned by Dance-ing Devon festival):

“It was like being in a dream – I’m gutted I have to go home and do my washing now!”

“Boat on the Water was like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”

“Vibrant with colour and life; amazingly inventive and entirely absorbing.”
“The performers looked me in the eyes as if they’d known me for years”

“A truly brave step into alternative theatre and an experience not soon forgotten. I so enjoyed and delighted in the whole experience!”

View my website http://www.hannahsilva.wordpress.com/

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Upcoming Performances / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2010-08-05T00:00:00Z">Thu 05 Aug 2010</span>Upcoming Performances / Thu 05 Aug 2010

Breaking News.... I'm the South West poet for Apples & Snakes National tour, OCT-NOV. Catch me in Plymouth, Forked 18th Nov, B-bar. Barbican. http://www.applesandsnakes.org 19/09/2010:Turning Point Festival. London: The...

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The Disappearance of Sadie Jones / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2013-04-10T00:00:00Z">Wed 10</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2013-04-20T00:00:00Z">Sat 20 Apr 2013</span> <span>(2 weeks)</span>The Disappearance of Sadie Jones / Wed 10 to Sat 20 Apr 2013 (2 weeks)

The Disappearance Residency at the Bike Shed Theatre 10-20th April Join Hannah Silva and company for poetry, debate, discussion and the premiere of a new piece of theatre 'The Disappearance of Sadie Jones'. Perform...

Creative Writing with Hannah Silva, Plymouth / <span >Sat 02 Oct 2010</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2011-03-31T00:00:00Z">Thu 31 Mar 2011</span> <span>(6 months)</span>Creative Writing with Hannah Silva, Plymouth / Sat 02 Oct 2010 to Thu 31 Mar 2011 (6 months)

Creative Writing with Hannah Silva in Plymouth 2010-11: Led by writer and theatre maker, Hannah Silva 'one of the most entertaining and ambitious poets in the country' (The Times). All following courses are held at Tot...

Working with Words / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2010-11-02T00:00:00Z">Tue 02 Nov 2010</span>Working with Words / Tue 02 Nov 2010

Working with Words! For one night only, multiple slam winner, performance poet Byron Vincent, and playwright Natalie McGrath (shortlisted for the Meyer Whitworth Award) come to Plymouth to discuss their careers, their w...