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Casting annnounced for The Phlebotomist at Hampstead Theatre

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of Ella Road’s debut play The Phlebotomist, which runs at Hampstead Theatre (Downstairs) from April 25 (previews from April 12) to May 19, 2018.

The line up includes Jade Anouka (as Bea), Vincent Ebrahim (David), Rory Fleck Byrne (Aaron) and Cherrelle Skeete (Char).

All these people are getting their dating profiles blood-verified. You know, shouldn’t we just go for the people we fancy?

Directed by Sam Yates, The Phlebotomist is a powerfully provocative vision of the future, questioning the value we place on one another, whether knowledge really is power, and if it’s truly possible for love to conquer all.

Bea meets Aaron. He’s intelligent, handsome, makes her laugh and, most importantly, has a high rating on his genetic profile. What’s not to like? Char is on the brink of landing her dream job and has big plans to start a family – but her blood rating threatens it all.

In a world where future happiness depends on a single, inescapable blood test – which dictates everything from credit rating to dating prospects – how far will people go to beat the system and let nature take its course?

Ella Road trained as an actor at The Oxford School of Drama after her English degree at Somerville College, Oxford. The Phlebotomist is the first play she’s written. She is currently under commission from Theatre Royal Plymouth and is developing her play Roosting following an R&D scheme at The Park Theatre. She is also developing work for screen. Her film credits as a creative include The Wyrd and Mo Ji (in development). She is co-founder of the new writing company ‘Flux Theatre’ and is a Soho Theatre Young Writer.

Sam Yates’ theatre credits include Glengarry Glen Ross (Playhouse Theatre); Desire Under the Elms (Sheffield Crucible); Murder Ballad (Arts Theatre – nominated for three WhatsOnStage Awards and an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress); Cymbeline (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Shakespeare’s Globe – Ian Charleson Award commendation); East Is East (West End and UK tours); The El Train with Ruth Wilson (Hoxton Hall); and Cornelius (Finborough Theatre/59E59 Theaters, New York – nominated for four Off West End Theatre Awards and Critics’ Pick The New York Times).

The Phlebotomist is designed by Rosanna Vize, with video designs by Duncan McLean, lighting by Zoe Spurr and sound by Alex Twiselton.

Also at Hampstead Theatre: Tony Kushner’s and Jeanine Tesori’s celebrated musical, Caroline, Or Change (until April 21) and the world premiere of Amy Ng’s Acceptance (until April 7, 2018).