NAN, ME & BARBARA PRAVI - Work in Progress

“I wish I could say here our story starts. But this story starts later, and ended earlier. Is entirely fictional, and completely true. Voila.”

In 2021, Hannah Maxwell moved back to the Home Counties to care for her terminally ill grandfather. 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, Parisian cafés, fluent French and definitely-not-creepy plots to engineer a meetcute with a random foreign celebrity. It’s La La Land meets Mission Impossible meets Hannah’s nan.

Combining spoken-word, video and chanson francaise, NAN, ME & BARBARA PRAVI sits you down at the kitchen table to talk through grief and care, addiction and recovery, and hope and coping in unprecedented times.

A work-in-progress piece of storytelling theatre from the acclaimed creator of I, AMDRAM. Commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre and supported by Menagerie Theatre Company, Queen Mary University of London, and Colchester Arts Centre. Made possible by generous support from Arts Council England.

Running time: 60 minutes. This will be a 40min work-in-progress presentation followed by a 20min Q&A.

Photography: Christa Holka

Post Production: Anna Fernandez

Photo credit: Thomas Williams.

Hannah at her funniest and most vulnerable. Fast-paced hilarity paired with intimate insight.

ShayShay Konno

Hannah Maxwell is a future star and deserves full houses. She is an outstanding funny woman, a Generation Z Caroline Aherne!

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A beautiful and touching piece. Hannah, is a timeless performer

Nick Cassenbaum

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