The Disappearance of Sadie Jones (2013)

A play for three actors written and directed by Hannah Silva. Toured 2013.

Lyricism, language play and poetic physical performance combine in this visceral and intuitive portrait of the human psyche.

The Disappearance of Sadie Jones is a play by Hannah Silva, for a cast of three. It is set inside the imagination of the central character and shows us how she experienced the world in the 24 hours before she disappeared.

The Disappearance of Sadie Jones toured in 2013 with support from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Arts Council England. The playtext is available.


A structurally daring and challenging production that reminds you how visceral and powerful live performance can be. (Exeunt Magazine ★★★★)

The spartan text is conjured into shimmering gamelan lushness, interleaved layers pivoting about shared catchwords, superimposed, staggered, coalescing into riffs and refrains then diverging via counterpoint into cacophony. (Total Theatre)

Lecoq via Complicité; Berkoff via Frantic; DV8 and Pina Bausch swigged straight from the bottle. (Total Theatre)

The boundaries and also the limitlessness of language are revealed in a confounding puzzle of Beckettian madness. (Plays to See ★★★★)

Sadie’s journey is the most entrancing of all the strange avenues that criss-cross through this superbly constructed play. At one point, Sadie directs dead people to dance. It is a brilliant image; beautiful and sad and, despite its surreal nature, somehow honest. What a unique and sensitive imagination Silva possesses – and what a fine understanding of the tiny details that distinguish between the great gulfs in our lives.  (Miriam Gillinson, Sketches on Theatre)

Sadie herself, thanks to a brilliant performance by Stephanie Greer, switches effortless between being a cheerful young woman and a confused, convulsing being, a change that is as impressive as it is uncanny and troubling. Greer’s Sadie is wonderfully lovable, which makes her increasing illness harder to bear. (Everything Theatre ★★★★)

Reality, mentality, sexuality and imagination merge throughout; a dangerous cocktail leading to explosive, unexpected and surreal outcomes. (Bargain Theatre Land)

Performance history 2013

10-20 Apr: Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
2 Oct: Queen’s Theatre Studio, Barnstaple
8 & 9 Oct: Lantern Theatre, Liverpool
10 – 12 Oct: The Lowry Studio
23-24 Oct: Seven Arts, Leeds
25-26 Oct: Upstairs at the Western, Leicester
20 Nov: Capital Theatre Festival MAC, Birmingham
21 Nov:  Peninsula Arts, Plymouth
26-30 Nov: Pleasance Studio, Islington


Written & directed by Hannah Silva
Performed by Alan Humphreys, Stephanie Greer & Elizabeth Crarer
Dramaturgy: David Lane
Stage and Costume: Fiona Chivers
Lighting: Gary Bowman
Associate Producer: Milan Govedarica

The Disappearance of Sadie Jones was developed through residencies at Beaford Arts, Camden People’s Theatre and the Bike Shed Theatre. It is supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and using public funding from Arts Council England.

Stephanie Greer and Alan Humphreys. Photo: Eileen Long.
Stephanie Greer and Alan Humphreys. Photo: Eileen Long.