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Hassan Abdulrazzakis of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and living in London. Hassan’s first play Baghdad Wedding, was staged at Soho Theatre (London) in 2007 and Belvoir St Theatre (Sydney) in 2009. It was also broadcast on BBC radio 3 (2008). Hassan was awarded the 2008 George Devine and Meyer-Whitworth awards and the 2009 Pearson award. He was also awarded the Sara Sugarman bursary which financed a year long attachment at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) under the tutelage of Lloyd Trott (RADA’s dramaturg).
Hassan’s latest play The Prophet played at The Gate Theatre, London in the summer of 2012, directed by Christopher Haydon and based on extensive interviews in Cairo with revolutionaries and soldiers, journalists and cab drivers.
His translation of the Palestinian play 603 by Imad Farajin for the Royal Court Theatre is published by Nick Hern Books in a collection entitled Plays From the Arab World. His short plays have been performed at Soho theatre, Southwark Playhouse and as part of the Celebrating Sanctuary festival. He has been published in The Guardian, Edinburgh Review, Banipal, Niqash and Snakeskin. He is currently working with screenwriter and playwright Nick Drake on the film adaptation of Baghdad Wedding for Focus Features. Hassan works full time as a cell and molecular biologist at Imperial College. Website: http://abdulrazzak.weebly.com
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