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Danielle Tarento presents
Mother Courage
And Her Children
  • Hannah ChissickDirector
  • Barney GeorgeSet & Costume Designer
Hannah Chissick
Director

Most recently Hannah directed: Down The Dock Road by Alan Bleasdale (Liverpool Royal Court); Aladdin (Theatr Clwyd); the UK professional première of the musical Side Show (Southwark Playhouse); Brass for NYMT (Hackney Empire); Rags, Amour (Royal Academy of Music); Ragtime, Rent (Urdang); Marry Me A Little (St James’ Studio); No Reasonable Offer Refused – reading (Park); Teechers (John Godber Theatre Company).


Hannah studied Drama at the University of Hull and immediately after graduating, she was Assistant Director to Matthew Warchus on the play Art in London and New York. She then won a Bursary from the Channel 4 Directors’ scheme and spent a year as Mark Clements’ assistant at Derby Playhouse where she directed her first main stage production - John Godber’s Perfect Pitch and stayed on as Director in Residence for a further two years, co-directing two pantomimes and directing The Blue Room by David Hare, Life In The Theatre by David Mamet and On The Piste by John Godber. During her time in Derby, Hannah was also responsible for developing new writing, working on over 15 world premières.


After leaving Derby, Hannah returned to London to direct Jamie Theakston, Steve McGann and Chris Luscombe in Art at the Whitehall and then spent three months in Manchester as Associate Director for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.


In 2003, Hannah became the youngest women to become an Artistic Director in the UK, when Harrogate Theatre appointed her at the age of 25. For her first production, she did the regional première of Art with Les Dennis, Christopher Cazenove and John Duttine, which then toured nationally. Her second production, Teechers, transferred to The Globe Theatre in Warsaw, Poland. Other productions for Harrogate include: Side By Side By Sondheim; Putting it Together; Bouncers; the Fats Waller Musical Ain’t Misbehavin’; Ibsen’s Ghosts; Camping Cleo Emmanuelle And Dick; The Fantasticks; the critically-acclaimed Steaming (performed in Harrogate’s Turkish Baths); Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads and Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden, two plays performed simultaneously by one cast which saw a dramatic re-design of Harrogate Theatre’s auditorium, allowing it to temporarily become two spaces.


After leaving Harrogate, Hannah directed the critically-acclaimed West End revival of Side By Side By Sondheim (The Venue); Abigail’s Party (Northcott, Exeter);Teechers (Haymarket, Basingstoke);Dick Whittington (Salisbury Playhouse); Grumpy Old Women Live (UK tour); The Snow Queen, Wind In The Willows (Derby); the world première of Horrid Henry – Live And Horrid! (UK tour & West End); Kiss Of The Spiderwomen (Hull Truck); The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing (Guildford Shakespeare Festival);the world première of Pushing Up Poppies (Theatre 503); The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice (Hull Truck & UK tour).


Hannah was Associate Director on Matthew Warchus’ acclaimed production of Boeing Boeing, directing four casts in London, two on Broadway and one in Melbourne.


In 2011, Hannah founded ‘Norf and Sauf’ with actor Les Dennis. Their first project, the world première of a new play Jigsy played to critical acclaim in Edinburgh, London, Bristol and Liverpool. 


Barney George
Set & Costume Designer

Barney began his career as a model maker and set dresser in film and television and has credits that include Star Wars, The Mummy, The Da Vinci Code and Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street. 


He began designing for theatre in 2002 and his work can currently be seen in The Kite Runner at the Playhouse Theatre where it transferred after a successful run at Wyndham’s, having originated at Nottingham Playhouse. His other current and forthcoming designs include a promenade version of Treasure Island for Lancaster’s Williamson Park, Red Riding Hood for Christmas 2017 at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Great Expectations at Derby Playhouse.


Other theatre includes: Sleuth (winner, Nottingham Critics Circle Award for Best Design), Charlie Peace: His Amazing Life And Astounding Legend, Diary Of A Football Nobody(Nottingham Playhouse); Talking Heads, The Worm Collector, Jack And The Beanstalk, The Count Of Monte Cristo, Mela, Full Of Noises (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Life And Times Of Mitchell And Kenyon(nominated Manchester Theatre Awards for Best Design),The Hobbit (winner, UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People) (Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster); Solace Of The Road, The Odyssey, Kes (Derby); Blue/Orange, See How They Run, Whatever Next! (Theatre Royal, York); The Mist In The Mirror adapted from the novel by Susan Hill (Oldham Coliseum); The Frozen Scream directed by Olivier Award-winning writer and performer Christopher Green and co-written by the novelist Sarah Waters (Wales Millenium Centre & Birmingham Hippodrome); Tiny Heroes (Daniel Bye and Sarah Punshon);Beep (Northern Bullits); The Enough Project (Dep Arts); Emergency Story Penguin, They Only Come at Night: Resurrection, Mapping the City (Slung Low); Thrive (Zest Theatre);Broken Time (Three Stones Media); Stig Of The Dump, Treasure Island (Mind The Gap); The Woods (Jane Packman Company); Flit (Edinburgh International Festival); Remote (Camden People’s Theatre);Body Faded Blue (National Theatre Of Cyprus); Hanuman The Superhero Monkey (Singapore Rep); the Rock ‘n’ Roll pantomimes Beauty And The Beast, The Sword In The Stone and Sinbad (New Wolsey, Ipswich).