The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Hannah Sibai

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  • The Instant Light Circus Company
  • Handbagged
  • Shivoham


Hannah trained at Wimbledon School of Art in London and is now based in Yorkshire. She works across the UK designing theatre, films, music videos and installations. She also often leads design workshops for arts organisations, community centres, theatre festivals and schools. She is an Artistic Associate at Upstart Theatre.

Theatre design credits include: Vulture's Song (Blah Blah Blah), 666 Comments (Aliki Chapple dir: Daniel Bye), Pygmalion (English Theatre Frankfurt), Instructions for Border Crossing (Daniel Bye), Outrage and Something Terrible Might Happen (Uncanny Theatre), The Astonishing Vacuum Cleaner Adventure (Sarah Pushon, One Tenth Human), Handbagged (English Theatre Frankfurt), WANTED (Chris Goode and Company), Instant Light Circus Company (Slung Low), Under the Bed (154 Collective), Bassett (Sheffield Crucible), Phone Home (Upstart Theatre), Weekend Rockstars (Middle Child), Mr Tiger Goes Wild (Goblin), Home Sweet Home (Freedom Studios), Shivoham and Rudra (Manasamitra), SET FIRE TO EVERYTHING!!! (RashDash) The Situation Room (Oscar Mike) Days of Light (Starving Artists) and Country Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Film credits include: The Astro Science Challenge for Unlimited Theatre (short films), Good Girl by Aquilo (pop promo), Coming Home by Kaiser Chiefs (pop promo) Kami by Dreamtiger Films (short film) and See Right Through by Tensnake (pop promo).

In April 2013 Hannah was appointed Designer in Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse over the period of the acclaimed Transform Festival, designing several in-house shows plus an ambitious new environment for the front of house area.

Hannah is particularly interested in audience interactive performances and productions in non-traditional theatre spaces - examining the audience member's role and the space they inhabit. She experiments in transformation, mixed media and naturalism vs surrealism, with colour and detail playing a key part in her designs. She is a keen collaborator with both director and writer to create designs that serve the very heart of a story.