Hannah Patterson

Plays by Hannah Patterson


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

I just think you shouldn’t put people on pedestals that’s all. It makes them seem perfect when they’re not.

Martha McDonald was a world-famous singer – Grammy Hall of Fame resident, poster girl for revolution, and writer of one of the most iconic songs of the 1970s. Until she disappeared.

For many years she hasn’t written or sung a single note. Hidden from public view deep in the Californian Mountains, Martha guards a secret that, if revealed, will change everything. And only one other person holds a key to this enigma: her estranged daughter, Anna.

Anna is desperately trying to escape the long shadow of her mother’s fame and legacy. Will exposing the secret liberate her – and her mother – or might it destroy them both?

Hannah Patterson’s intriguing play explores the impact that success and celebrity have on relationships and why honesty is not always the best policy. Platinum received its world premiere at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs on 9 December 2016.

Hannah Patterson is a writer for theatre and film. Her debut play, Much, premiered at the Cock Tavern in 2010. Other plays include The Weakness In Me and AID (Winners of the one-act New Plays Project; Jersey Arts Trust/Old Vic New Voices), and Resistantes, which she also performed (Paines Plough /'Come to Where I'm From'). Hannah is the co-writer and producer of the documentary film Shelter in Place, winner of the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation's Pitch Prize, and has written for publications including Sight & Sound, The International Film Guide, Time Out and the Guardian.