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A tale of friendship, Hannah and Hanna by John Retallack, will be presented in Margate

PUBLISHED: 11:18 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:18 07 November 2016

Readings of the Hannah and Hanna stories will take place at Theatre Royal Margate in December

Readings of the Hannah and Hanna stories will take place at Theatre Royal Margate in December

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The original story premiered in Margate in 2001, and now a new story Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland is set to do the same

Rehearsed readings of the original Hannah and Hanna, the story of friendship between an ordinary Margate girl, and an asylum seeker from Kosovo, and a more recent version, Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland, by John Retallack are being presented in Margate.

The original story premiered in Margate in 2001, and now a new story Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland is set to do the same.

Hannah and Hanna is about two teenagers, who meet in Margate at the turn of the 21st century. Hannah is Margate born and bred. Hanna is an asylum seeker who has fled her country’s war with Serbia, along with her mother and brother. Despite Margate Hannah’s initial hostility, the girls soon become friends, finding that their shared love of pop music is stronger than their cultural differences.

The story won a Herald Angel in Edinburgh in 2001. The following year it was presented at the Time Out Critics Choice Festival at BAC and toured nationally. This was followed by two further national tours and by British Council supported presentations in India, Malaysia and the Philippines. It has been translated into eight languages.

The new tale, Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland, tells the story of the two friends 15 years on. It’s 2015, Dreamland has just opened, the UKIP conference is at the Winter Gardens and Margate has become a sought-after destination. Margate Hannah is now an estate agent, cashing in on the town’s newfound popularity. Hanna, disillusioned with opportunities in Kosovo, once again comes to the UK in search of a better life. By chance, they meet and pick up the friendship they had as teenagers – although this time, against the different social and political backdrop of both Margate and Pristina.

The reading of Hannah and Hanna is at 2.30pm and of Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland at 7.30pm at Theatre Royal on December 2.

Both plays are produced by UK Arts International in association with the theatre.

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