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Scottish Contemporary Drama: Debbie Hannan in conversation with Lucy Hinnie

Saturday 24th September
1 - 2 pm BST

King's Pavilion, University of Aberdeen King's Campus

A compelling talk with Scottish theatre director Debbie Hannan and Dr Lucy Hinnie.

After many years working in London, Debbie Hannan is back directing new work in Scotland. Debbie has been highly active in pushing at theatrical conventions, in programming fresh new writing and dramaturgical practice, all with the aim of subverting patterns of power in theatrical making, and of reinvigorating the form with new awareness, be that of gender, race or class. Uma Nada-Rajah’s pertinent play, Exodus, directed by Debbie, will be touring with The National Theatre of Scotland.

Debbie will talk with Lucy about many of the major productions they have undertaken with the Scottish National Theatre, The Royal Court, and beyond, and will speculate on the future of Scottish theatre.


Debbie Hannan is from Edinburgh and develops and directs new work for stage and screen. They were Acting Artistic Director of Stockroom, working as Showrunner of their Writers Room and have been appointed as Associate Artist at National Theatre of Scotland. They were Associate Director at The Bunker Theatre, as well as Incoming Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh. They trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and as a Trainee Director at the Royal Court.

Recent credits include: Exodus (National Theatre of Scotland); The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Manchester Royal Exchange); Overflow (Bush Theatre); Little Miss Burden (The Bunker); The Panopticon (National Theatre of Scotland); The Ugly One (Tron Theatre); Pah-La (Royal Court Theatre); Cuckoo (Soho Theatre); Isolation (National Theatre of Scotland); Shielders (Traverse Theatre); The Unexpected Expert (Headlong,BBC); After Rhinoceros: The Red Pill (Royal Welsh College, the Gate).

Dr Lucy Hinnie is currently the Wikimedian in Residence at the British Library. She completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2019. From 2019-21, she worked as a white settler scholar on Treaty Six Territory and the Homeland of the Métis at the University of Saskatchewan.

Lucy has an eclectic CV. Her research interests include medieval literature, Older Scots poetry, queer theory and the digital humanities. She was born in Aberdeen and raised in Huntly, so she kens and spiks Doric. She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of the Northern Renaissance. She has had articles published in  Études Épistémè and The Chaucer Review, and is a prolific pop culture podcaster on the Podcastica network. She is also a trained writing retreat facilitator and Humanist celebrant, and has a keen interest in theatre and improv comedy.

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