Songs For Breaking Britain

This show is made up of stories collected from members of the public from 3 cities around the country (stories told as answers to open questions about living here, now, today); turned into punk music. We – that is me (vocals and lyrics), Sean Arnold (guitar and vocals) and Keir Cooper (drums and vocals) tell you about the people we met, and the things they said. And we want to tour the process as well as the product – you can book the show, but you can also book a 3 day version where we collect stories, write a song, and you get the show featuring a song for your city (and an awful lot of hands-on publicity). We also want to tour it as a regular band –  if you’re a promoter who wants to book it for a gig, drop me a line.

“Hannah and her company are collecting stories — stories from people just getting by, people who don’t think they’re important, anyone who will stop and talk to them in the street. Bored of the media selling our stories back to us, they are mixing up the old idea of the ballad by sharing stories and passing them on with a modern form of righteous storytelling: punk music.

Three chords, rhyming couplets, lots of noise. Songs from the marketplace, from the street, of romance, graft, boredom, everyday defeat.

This is a punk show about what we hear when we make the choice to listen.”

This show has been supported by and developed at OvalHouse, Theatre in the Mill, ARC Stockton, and Slung Low’s HUB. With support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, and Third Angel. And with additional collaborators Hannah Jane Walker and Alexander Kelly. Hannah Nicklin and Company is Hannah Nicklin, Keir Cooper, and Sean Arnold

“[has] the audacity to be simple in concept but big in heart.” – Audience Member
“loud and moving and loud.” – Audience member
“a punk rock agit prop social documentary” – Maddy Costa (on Twitter)
defies the media’s lucrative monopoly on our narratives […] funny, compassionate, heartbreaking and very, very loud.” – Catherine Love


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