Nan, Me and Barbara Pravi

Theatre (storytelling, solo show)

  • Summerhall - Cairns Lecture Theatre
  • 17:15
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Hannah Maxwell and Plotnek Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, More information
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


In 2021, Hannah Maxwell moved back to the Home Counties to care for her recently bereaved grandmother. But this show isn't about that. It's about France's Eurovision star Barbara Pravi, who's just lovely. In between cooking, cleaning and Countdown, Maxwell escapes into an intensifying fantasy of ballroom dances, heartfelt ballads, fluent French and definitely-not-creepy plots to engineer a meet-cute with a random foreign celebrity. It's La La Land meets Mission Impossible meets Hannah's nan. 'Sublime one-person theatre' ( 'Hannah Maxwell is a future star' (

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Stepped entrance: Once into the courtyard, get to the front of the Royal Dick Pub, take the alleyway to your left, around the back of the large tent. Through the doors; the venue is then up the stairs. Lift entrance: in the reception of the main building, a duty manager will take you up the main half lift, through the galleries, into a level lift, through the dissection room and to the Cairns. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to use this accessible route.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 10 August, 17 August, 24 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Helen, Margaret and Charlotte. 36 days ago

This show lived up to all our expectations, having read outstanding reviews here and in the press. Hannah Maxwell is incredibly talented as a writer, actor, singer, dancer and comedian. Her timing was perfect, and there was seamless integration of impressive technology. From the first sentence we were captivated by her witty observations of daily life, and we laughed from start to finish. We are really looking forward to seeing her again, perhaps in London. Félicitations on your wonderful show, Hannah!

Elizabeth Eksteen 38 days ago

Charming, funny, poignant, brilliant. What a talent, Hannah Maxwell. Full House and a very well deserved standing ovation. Hope to see much more of this super talented lady.

David Evans-Powell 41 days ago

Omg go and see this show!! One of the best at Fringe I've seen this year - funny, clever, sweet and sad. Hannah Maxwell is simply brilliant, what a talent!

Michael B 42 days ago

Buy your tickets ASAP! This show was sold out today and will (and should) continue to sell out. Amazing one woman performance of a personal, moving and funny story. This show confirms all the reasons I go to Fringe. Great theater from great performers who have not yet been fully recognized. She has the talents of a stand up and she is doing dramatic work about her life. It should not be missed.

Carmella 42 days ago

Hannah Maxwell is an astonishingly charismatic storyteller. Whether physically pulling unsuspecting audience members into the story to sort Nan’s pills, turning to give a lucky audience member the full force of her smoulder and French chat up lines, or breaking out of the story to check on a coughing audience member, the room was in the palm of her hand throughout. Moving effortlessly from the sitcom-esque eye-rolling encounters with her Nan’s neighbour to quiet truthfulness, with plenty of wildly imaginative nonsense in between. This is a play packed with jokes, warmth and clarity, and there isn’t a moment wasted.

Declan 'TéléDex-BaBrBo' Bracewell 43 days ago

Absolutely charming. Unique, amusing perspective on fangirling after a Eurovish star. Also, after the end of the year's main story, is an amazing finale.

Catherine 48 days ago

The next Phoebe Waller-Bridge? I do hope so, I would love, love, love to see more.

Harrison Wright 48 days ago

Absolutely stunning show, I cannot recall the last time I felt this engaged, which given my ADHD is high praise indeed! The show is fast paced and you will not want it to end, it is emotional and hilarious in turn and makes fantastic use of audience interaction and on stage media.
If this isn’t selling out everyday by the end of the fringe I will be shocked, I can’t stop telling everyone to buy tickets. If I was up again this would be the first show on my list to see despite having already watched it, and I cannot wait for it to tour next year.
Hannah Maxwell is a fantastic writer and performer and you will regret not getting a ticket to see her!

Chris Kriesen 48 days ago

Excellent one-person show! I sat in the front row - Hanna Maxwell gave an energetic, bilingual (just a bit of French), from her heart performance. Up close, I could see her effort. The show is interactive - I ended up on stage, giving her an interview (she gave me the script). A new experience for me - it was a delight to be on stage with a professional actress. Breaking the fourth wall created a mix of tension and inclusion. She never made anyone feel on the spot or embarrassed. We were on the journey with her.

Glenys Mclaren 55 days ago

One woman show by Hannah Maxwell elaborating a story based on experience when she became the carer for her widowed Granny. She is also a lesbian besotted with Eurovision star, Barbara Pravi. She is endearingly funny and has put together a fast paced show which includes audience participation, french conversation, fantasised ballroom dancing and singing. She was thrilled when the one person audience swelled to ten, especially as one of them was Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She deserves bigger crowds.

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Camden New Journal (3/5 stars) 29 days ago

Combining comic storytelling, video and music to terrific effect.

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Scottish Field (5/5 stars) 37 days ago

This is an outstanding production, beautiful, funny and sad.

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 40 days ago

Douze points across the board

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Darkchat (5/5 stars) 40 days ago

You will laugh, you will cry. You will be glad you are alive.

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Financial Times (5/5 stars) 44 days ago

Maxwell’s got a suave, appealingly old-fashioned performance style

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Fest (3/5 stars) 50 days ago

A Eurovision crush becomes a disquieting obsession

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