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CHRIS HANNAN was born in Glasgow and returned there to live after university in Cambridge. His plays include Elizabeth Gordon Quinn, The Baby, and The Evil Doers, for which he won that year's Most Promising Playwright Award.

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Crime and Punishment
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Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Adapted by Chris Hannan)
 
Starving, destitute student Raskolnikov is surrounded by the harsh injustices of the world: the grime of poverty and prostitution, unscrupulous pawnbrokers chasing debts, and a sister about to marry someone she doesn’t love to keep her family alive. His guilt is unbearable. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer any chance of redemption.

Chris Hannan’s adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s darkest work is exciting, fresh and accessible, this psychological thriller explores how far humanity might go when driven by disillusionment, and whether any crime can be justified by a higher purpose.
Cast : 6M; 4F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-365-7 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Elizabeth Gordon Quinn
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Elizabeth Gordon Quinn

Chris Hannan
 

A 'startling and provocative' play ( Guardian), set during the Glasgow Rent Strike of 1915.

The Quinn family live in a Glasgow tenement so poor the only floor covering is old newspapers. But Elizabeth Gordon Quinn is indomitable in the face of poverty and rising rents. Furthermore, she is harbouring a son who is wanted by the police for desertion...

This edition of the play contains a radically revised version first performed in 2006. The original 1985 version is published in the anthology Scot-Free.

Review
'You expect a play set in the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915 will be a model of dour social realism, but Chris Hannan confounds all expectations. The result is both startling and provocative.' -  Guardian

Cast : 5M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-921-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ
God of Soho, The
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God of Soho, The

Chris Hannan
 
A hectic and hilarious morality tale for the modern world.

In Heaven, Big God’s mind is crumbling, Mrs God has lost her looks, and their daughter, Clem, the Goddess of Love and Sex and Beauty, has been rejected by her lover and banished to Earth. Down in the streets of Soho, Clem searches for something new, and finds it in glamorous and self-loathing reality-TV star Natty, whose fetishistic love life with rock star Baz is about to hit the headlines. 

Sexy, feisty and real, it is a story about love at its dirtiest, maddest and most bittersweet.



Cast : 6M, 7F + extras
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-168-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Shining Souls
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Shining Souls

Chris Hannan
 
It's Ann's wedding day — but she's in two minds who to marry because there are two men in her life and they are both called Billy. Meanwhile her daughter Mandy wants to save souls — and makes a start with Charlie, who is on the dole and on the make. And then there's Nanette and her friend Prophet John... Soon there are nine characters in search of their souls, some sex and a wardrobe.

Review
Chris Hannan's Shining Souls is a joy... a generous-hearted drama set among the hopeless, the helpless, the impoverished and the aimlessly drifting in present-day urban Scotland.... a marvellous gift for comedy, blissfully funny demotic dialogue... a depth of compassion in the writing... combines hilarity with heartache -  Daily Telegraph



Cast : 6M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-733-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB