Meet The Old Vic 12 – Hannah Banister


On 5 December 2017 we announced The Old Vic 12 class of 2018 to the world. Consisting of writers, directors, designers, producers, composers and even a puppet maker, the group will spend the next year collaborating to create new work throughout our bicentenary year and beyond.

Each week we’ll be getting to know a different member of this talented company through 12 questions – for week four we caught up with Director Hannah Banister.

1. What’s your name?

Hannah Banister

2. What do you do?

I’m a director

3. Who inspires you?

My Dad. My Mum, the people, the journeys. Incredible.

4. What can’t you live without?


5. Theatre snacks – yay or nay?

Yes if it’s me, no if its anyone else.

6. Your favourite piece of trivia?

When the eye pupil sees something pleasing it expands by as much as 45% of its normal size.

7. Last show you saw?


8. One trick of the trade you’ve discovered

It is fine to say ‘I don’t know’ when you don’t know something.

9. Night owl or early bird?

Early bird trapped inside the body of a night owl.

10. Your life story in one short sentence

Chaotic mess.

11. In one year you will have…

More knowledge than I have now.

12. Old Vic 12 in one word


Photo: Amit & Naroop

To support The Old Vic 12 and help us to create a legacy for the future, passing on the unique power of live theatre to people and supporting the next generation of theatre makers, you can donate to our Impact Fund.

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