My Name is Rachel Corrie
Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie
Edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner
Adelaide Fringe Festival 2010, fortyfivedownstairs Melbourne 2010
Starring | Hannah Norris
Winner: 2009/2010 Adelaide Theatre Guide 'Curtain Call' award for Best Female Performance - Professional
Nominated: 2010 Victorian Green Room award for Best Female Performer - Independent Theatre
Nominated: 2010 Adelaide Critics Circle Individual Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts
Director | Daniel Clarke
Designer | Cassandra Backler
Sound and Lighting Designer | Ben Flett
Video Artist | Annemarie Kohn
Photos by Lauren Smeaton
My Name is Rachel Corrie is the powerful story of one person’s passionate journey in the global struggle for sense and justice.
Performed to acclaim throughout the world this production was the hit of the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Festival and stars 2009 Adelaide Fringe Award Winner (Best Theatre Performer) Hannah Norris as 23 year-old Rachel Corrie, a college student and human rights activist from Olympia, Washington who was crushed to death on 16 March 2003 by a bulldozer in the Gaza strip, as she protested against the destruction of Palestinian homes.
A gifted writer, Rachel left behind a series of diaries and emails from an early age which were crafted into a 90 minute solo play by award winning British actor Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner, Deputy Editor of The Guardian.
Reviews - Melbourne
• The Age
"provocative and profoundly moving… Hannah Norris's superb performance weaves a potent, sensitive portrait of its subject, balancing self-deprecating humour, moral intensity and horror."
****1/2 Cameron Woodhead
• The Herald Sun
"Hannah Norris captures our attention (and our hearts) the moment we walk into the space with a performance that’s closer to being than mere acting."
• Sometimes Melbourne
"Hannah Norris (who was wonderful in Justin Hamilton's Goodbye Ruby Tuesday) is Rachel. No more needs to be said... a remarkably honest performance."
• Stage Whispers
"sincere and surprising one-woman performance. Hannah Norris gets into the skin of the character of Rachel Corrie… Right away it is obvious that Ms Norris’s skill and commitment will be adequate for the ninety-minute journey."
• Theatre People
"She truly captured the essence, vitality, courage and warm humanity of her subject… Hannah held the audience in the palm of her hand… She was engaging, endearing and, like her namesake, inspired you to want to make your part of the world a more beautiful place too."
Reviews - Adelaide
• The Independent Weekly
"I was already struck dumb, too beguiled by the stunning performance at the core of this gem – the deeply placed talents of Hannah Norris; her ability to keep Rachel alive, on stage and on our backs."
Rob de Kok
• The Australian
"dramatically startling… Hannah Norris gives a splendid account of an idealistic young woman"
Rachel Corrie - The Australian review
• theatre notes
"Hannah Norris gives a passionate and accurately observed performance of Corrie."
• Stage Whispers
"Hannah Norris is brilliant"
• The Advertiser
"Hannah Norris is superbly cast… Norris keeps the audience spellbound, delivering with supreme focus the huge script"
***** Samela Harris
• Glam Adelaide
"It is Hannah Norris who lifts Corrie’s words off of the page and fills them with emotion and carefully wrought expression in a captivating and thoroughly convincing performance… Norris is wonderful as Corrie… This is a sterling performance."
• An idealistic life remembered
• My name is Rachel Corrie
Melbourne City News
• My Name is Rachel Corrie
• Photo of a young Rachel Corrie used on our posters and flyers