Hannah Barrie

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Hannah was born in Durham city and grew up in the surrounding countryside. She moved from one of the highest points in the county, old Cornsay village, just 15 houses and a pub, to London where she did her BA in Acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Even though London was a bit busier than she was used to, she decided to stick around, and since has enjoyed a varied career on stage and screen, working with many inspirational companies and creatives. Things began at the Globe in the all female Much Ado About Nothing directed by Tamara Harvey, then to the RSC and the acclaimed Histories cycle directed by Michael Boyd where parts included Queen Isabelle in Richard II. She helped reopen the Bush Theatre with its ambitious 24-hour cycle of plays 66 Books, she's performed new writing at the Soho Theatre, and she’s travelled out of London too, playing Hermione for Northern Broadsides, Lady Macbeth for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, and Queen Margaret in Richard III in the US for Actors from the London Stage. She recently staged a ground-breaking two-person adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Out of Chaos and has been devising theatre for children with Flock Theatre Makers. She trained with the wonderful Curious School of Puppetry and has been making puppets for theatre and working as a puppet director since then.

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