Highly Sensitive – Hannah Jane Walker
We are primed to believe that extroverted speakers can be trusted, and that sensitivity is a weakness… but are we selling ourselves short? In her highly-anticipated solo stage show, writer and performer Hannah Jane Walker will use stories, games and poetry to investigate toughness, authority and how weakness might just be our strongest future resource.
Directed by Katie Bonna
Produced by Sarah Crompton
Developed with Kirsty Housley, Chris Thorpe and Rebecca Atkinson Lord
Supported by Arts Council England and the Associate Artist programme at the National Centre for Writing.
Hannah Jane Walker
Hannah Jane Walker is a writer and producer from Cambridge. She studied literature at the University of East Anglia and poetry at Newcastle University. With Chris Thorpe she had made four plays, two published by Oberon. She has written for The Guardian and BBC Radio 4 and is currently working on a solo show about sensitivity called ‘Highly Sensitive’, a collaboration with playwright Rachel Mariner called ‘recovering misogynist’, a dance circus collaboration and a children’s book. Hannah’s poetry has been published by Nasty Little Press and she has just finished her first full poetry collection Shark! edited by Caroline Bird and Joe Dunthorne. She is an Associate Artist at the National Centre for Writing. Website
‘Nobody is singled out; nobody is made to do anything they don’t want, but there is something about Thorpe and Walker’s gentle, almost sorrowful understanding that makes us want to embrace the messiness within and share our own catastrophes.’ – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Programmed in partnership with Norfolk & Norwich Festival
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