Rotten Honey was established by creative duo, Hannah Samuel (writer) and Alanah Guiry (director), in 2016. Their debut was ’Altar Girl’, a teenage, feminist, queer retelling of ‘Othello’ primarily set in a bathroom at an underage party. Altar Girl sold-out two fringe seasons (Melbourne Fringe, 2016 & Adelaide Fringe, 2017) with stellar reviews.
RH is currently developing Carmen Maria Machado's short story 'Inventory' with Platform Arts and working with teenage girls to create 'aMUSEd'.
Hannah Samuel is a Melbourne based writer and producer. Since graduating in 2015 from the VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Art: Screenwriting, she has worked at Matchbox Pictures across their diverse slate of shows. Most recently, she was deployed to Perth to work as the script coordinator on the ABC drama series, The Heights. Hannah is drawn to stories about people of colour, the female experience and coming of age. Her stories are navigated by her guileless humour and buoyant child-like wonder and spirit. Her favourite colour is yellow and she knows every dog breed in the world (unverified).
Alanah is a theatre director + visual artist drawn to creating performative sensorial experiences with particular emphasis on the visually poetic and subconscious. Alanah is a graduate of the NIDA MFA Directing (2017 - 2018) and a current MA student at Melbourne University (Arts Management and Culture). Her theatre company, Rotten Honey, was founded with Hannah Samuel (The Heights ABC) to create work for the terror and glory that is the teenage gaze. Alanah has collaborated on new work with students from ACA, ACPA, The National Theatre Drama School, and NICA. In 2017, Alanah participated in puppetry exchanged with the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin where she relocated for a secondment with German directed Kay Voges. Since moving back to Melbourne, Alanah has been creating new work with Platform Arts and Rotten Honey. Alanah is currently an Associate Artist + She Writes Resident Dramaturg at Theatre Works.