Royal seal of approval for Hannah’s solo show

Hannah Firth during her performance of Any Questions? Picture by Tangle Photography.
Hannah Firth during her performance of Any Questions? Picture by Tangle Photography.

An Alnwick actress has spoken of her pride after performing her first piece of solo theatre in front of royalty – and receiving high praise in the process.

Hannah Firth took her one-person show, Any Questions?, to the recent International Youth Arts Festival in London.

The 21-year-old devised the piece during her time at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she has just graduated with a first-class degree in contemporary theatre and performance.

The show is an equation about life, death and how it all means nothing and sees Hannah, with a comedic obsession, create everything out of nothing, unravelling her own existence in the process.

And she was delighted that the show was watched by the Earl of Wessex, who then picked out her performance for praise. Hannah said: “The Earl said it was one of his favourites in the festival and asked ‘so how does your brain work then?’

“I devised it over three years and it was the first solo performance I have created. I have also been to Portugal with it. Creating it was difficult, but it feels good to know it’s my own show.”

In October, Hannah is starting a year-long advanced theatre practice course at London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – where the likes of Laurence Olivier and Harold Pinter studied.

She is also playing a part in a short movie –which is filming in September – and has organised a comedy sketch show, The Giggle Dungeon Takes Over Edinburgh, for this months’s Fringe Festival.

She is a former pupil of Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School and has been involved in local theatre groups.