hanna slättne
hanna slättne
Dramaturg, Theatremaker, Facilitator






exploring stories

making meanings




I am an experienced production dramaturg having worked on 30 productions in new writing, devising, dance or interdisciplinary projects. 

As a director/dramaturg I provide support throughout the process if you are writer, performer, choreographer/dancer performing in your own work. 

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I have worked with writers for over 25 years through full development process into production and by reading a draft followed by a dramaturgical chat. I have worked with first time writers and very experienced writers venturing into new challenges. Every process is as different as every artist and play. 

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I am currently developing an area I am calling Sensory Dramaturgy, exploring multimodal and interdisciplinary approaches to theatre making when creating performances that work dramaturgically on multi sensory levels. 

Other areas of interests are aural dramaturgy and storytelling and neuroscience. 

I am also an experienced facilitator of artists’ research projects. 

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CUCK Eileen McCrory

Artists' Development

I am an experienced facilitator of artists development programmes. I run skill building workshops for writers and theatre makers, and lecture on dramaturgy and new writing. 


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Accolades, reviews and feedback



by John McCann,

Produced by Tinderbox, photo Ciaran Bagnall 


ACCOLADES - reviews and feedback



“In the twenty year that I have been earning my living as a dramatist, I have worked with literary managers and script executives at the National Theatre, Royal Court and across the film and TV words, I can say unreservedly that Hanna Slattne is amongst the very best.”
 Moira Buffini FRSL
 “Tinderbox is a bastion of excellence and innovation in the area of playwright development. We are not aware of another theatre company in the UK which has perfected such a strong paradigm of new play development and production or which has such a strong reputation.”
Playwright Studio Scotland and Scottish Society of Playwrights

At the heart of any new writing company is the dramaturg, whose role is central to the identification and development support for creative artists – and Hanna Slattne is one of the best dramaturgs in the business, something which I can attest to from my own wide and personal experience of this very specialised sphere of activity.”
Sebastian Born, Associate Director (Literary), National Theatre of Great Britain



Lally The Scut by Abbie Spallen

“Part Brechtian agit-prop, part stand-up comedy, delivered with ferocity” (Guardian)
“Incredibly well written… Lally the Scut is a complex, multi-layered play that shocks, challenges and blackly entertains. Tragedy mixed with moments of pantomime and horror.” (Alan in Belfast)
“…my Irish play of the year” (Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times’ Cultural Playlist 2015)


Everything Between Us by David Ireland

 “David Ireland’s writing is an assault on our state of denial. Humour is dark and controlled, language is vulgar and silence is deafening” (Irish Theatre Magazine)
“Taut and affecting new play. You really can’t take your eyes off it” (Washington Post)


Reassembled Slightly Askew by Shannon Yee

"A real-life ordeal, captured by a daring, disorientating artistic collaboration, which works brilliantly on so many levels…It should be available on prescription.”  (The Stage)
“Beautifully put together.”(The Guardian)
“a quietly devastating example of uncategorisable art at its best” (Time Out London)


Guidelines for a Long and Happy Life by Paul Kennedy

“….one of Tinderbox’s biggest ever projects… a significant achievement… intensely thought-provoking….full of powerful acting and unflinching insights” (Culture NI)


The Sign of the Whale by Jimmy McAleavey

“One of the best plays to emerge from our fertile little corner of the theatre world in quite a while”, “A spectacle as powerful and profound as theatre can be” (Culture NI)