Giving by Hannah PattersonGiving by Hannah Patterson


byHannah Patterson

Paperback | June 2, 2016

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There seem to be a lot of people out there with a lot of money who don't quite know what to do with it Laura has been commissioned to write an exclusive profile of businesswoman extraordinaire Mary Greene, who has recently become a leading philanthropist. But as Laura digs deeper into Mary's charitable motivations, she discovers a much more interesting angle. Michael, Mary's "Charitable Giving Advisor", seems to have an inordinate amount of influence over her decisions. Is it right that he wields so much power when his motives and priorities might not stand up to scrutiny? Or does the rationale for - and the morality of - philanthropic giving matter less than the outcome? It's always better to give than to receive. Isn't it? Hannah Patterson's absorbing play asks whether giving to charity can ever truly be altruistic and who actually gains the most - the recipient, the donor or the broker? It received a reading at the Arcola's PlayWROUGHT Festival in 2016 and was premiered at Hampstead Downstairs on 12 May 2016, directed by Bijan Sheibani.
Hannah Patterson's theatre credits include Come To Where I'm From (Paines Plough/Southbank Centre), Playing With Grown Ups (Theatre503/Brits off Broadway) and MUCH (Cock Tavern), which she is adapting for film.
Title:GivingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7 × 5 × 1 inPublished:June 2, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1350012181

ISBN - 13:9781350012189

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Hannah Patterson's script begins in an apartment somewhere south of London where Robert (Mark Rice-Oxley) and Joanna (Trudi Jackson) live with their 9-week-old daughter. Joanna, bored, sleepless and recovering from a Cesarean birth, is not thrilled when Robert announces he's invited their friend Jake (Alan Cox) to dinner. Robert adds that Jake is bringing his new girlfriend, Stella (Daisy Hughes), a vegetarian. This is even less thrilling.The guests arrive, the Chilean red flows, and we learn of Joanna's unhappiness, Robert's imperiled professorship and Stella's extreme youth. She's still in high school. But what begins as a riff on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" morphs into a modern-day "Doll's House."