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About Matthew Hahn

Matthew Hahn is an independent creative producer, playwright, theatre director and theatre for development facilitator specialising in creating theatre for social change, for examining behaviour and for improving communication skills. He works with emerging and established theatre makers and finding new ways for audiences and communities to access art through partnerships. He works both nationally and internationally and has produced work in the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana, and South Africa. As a theatre for development practitioner, he facilitates interactive and participatory theatre projects focusing on social cohesion, peace-making and conflict resolution. His play, The Robben Island Shakespeare, has been performed in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa; he regularly facilitates 'Ethical Leadership' Workshops in South Africa based on his interviews with former South African political prisoners and selections from 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.' From 2008 to 20018, he was a Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s University, London specializing in theatre for development. From 2006 to 2016, he was a training facilitator with Theatre for a Change, a UK charity which utilizes interactive theatre to train teachers and facilitators on the topics of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health in the United Kingdom and Malawi. Matthew has degrees in Political Science & Journalism from Indiana University (1995) in the United States and is a graduate of the Goldsmiths College Masters in Theatre Directing programme (2002) in the United Kingdom. He trained with the SITI Company in New York (2000) and with Anne Bogart in Dublin, Ireland (2005). He has also trained with the Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company (2005) in London in their Forum Theatre / Joker Training Programme.

The New Writing / New Normal International Theatre Festival 2 – 4 October 2020

We are happy to announce the next New Writing / New Normal International Theatre Festival from 2 to 4 October 2020. This event, based on the successful inaugural New Writing / New Normal Theatre Festival in July 2020, will expand its horizons to include more contributors from around the world.   To that end, we are [...]

The Rivonia Trial Audio Recording with John Kani & Jack Klaff

Today, the wonderful South African actors, John  Kani & Jack Klaff recorded over  Zoom powerful extracts from The Rivonia Trial Tribunal play.  This forms the very early stages of developing a full play:Walter Sisulu:  'I wish you could live like us just for one day. Then you wouldn't say how good things are for us. '[Please note, racist [...]

WriteNow Berlin’s 10-MINUTE PLAYS COMPETITION

Still from The Sanctuary by Alperen Türkol. [Kaan Solin pictured] WriteNow Berlin is a playwriting community based in Berlin that inspires and encourages people to put their ideas on paper in the most engaging and daring way. They recently had a play competition and I was fortunate enough to direct from afar the play The Sanctuary. The [...]

New Normal / New Writing Theatre Festival, 17& 18 July 2020.

The Common Air Theatre Company is producing the New Normal / New Writing Theatre Festival, a 24 hour festival of new writing under the new normal of virtual creation and performance. Over a twenty-four hour period, new plays will be written, rehearsed and performed via a digital platform. If you are interested in participating, please [...]

The Peacock Theatre Festival of Civil Liberties

I am producing a virtual theatre festival, The Peacock Theatre Festival of Civil Liberties, as part of wider solidarity against any such authoritarian creep in the UK and abroad.  The name of the festival derives from the phrase that is used to describe the creep currently occurring in Hungary under Viktor Orban.  As he explains, [...]

Is 2020 the new 1984? Making Theatre in a ‘New Normal’

As part of The Peacock Theatre Festival of Civil Liberties, I will be co-facilitating the Monobox Maker's Workshop entitled 'Is 2020 the new 1`984?' where we will be creatively discussing and actioning artistic responses to the ongoing [and future] limitations on our civil liberties due to Corona Virus measures. For more information, please visit: https://monobox.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=13901781

The Mercury Creatives Programme

I have been selected to be part of the Mercury Theatre Creative Programme for the next twelve months as part of the European Regional Development Fund.  The Mercury Creative Programme offers training and mentoring for self-employed people working in the creative industries.  

imPEACHable @ the South by Southeast Festival, Gulbenkian Theatre 13 February 2020

On Thursday 13 February 2020, at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, imPEACHable, my latest tribunal play based on the private and public transcripts of the ongoing impeachment trial of the President of the United States, will be performed as part of the South by Southeast Festival. The play examines the central tenet of the trials, [...]

imPEACHable a [very] new play by Matthew Hahn

On Tuesday, 19 November 2019, at the Eleto Chocolate Cafe in Folkestone, I presented my latest tribunal play based on the private and public transcripts of the ongoing impeachment trial of the President of the United States. The play examines the central tenet of the trials, that is, whether there was a 'Quid Pro Quo' offer [...]

The Rivonia Trial Tribunal Play

I am in the early developmental stages of a first draft of a tribunal play based on the Rivonia Trial court transcripts.  Referred to as "the trial that changed South Africa,”in Oct 1963, opponents of Apartheid including Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki & Walter Sisulu went on trial for sabotage. A 'tribunal play' is a verbatim [...]