Ella Road
Ella Road

2019 Finalist

The Phlebotomist

Synopsis: In a world where health, wealth and happiness depend on one single genetic test, dictating everything from credit rating to dating prospects, phlebotomy reigns supreme – but how far will people go to beat the system? As young couple Bea and Aaron and their friend Char try to navigate an increasingly racist society, their journeys force us to question the value we place on one another, whether knowledge really is power, and if love truly can conquer all.

Cast Breakdown:
2 W
2 M

Agent: United Agents: Rose Cobbe (dramatic rights) & Sean Gascoine (screen rights)

Play Service: Oberon Books

Bio: Ella is a writer and actor from London. The Phlebotomist is her first play. It premiered at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in Spring 2018 and will transfer to the Main House in Spring 2019. Ella is currently writing new commissions for the Almeida Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth, and is one of the Bush Theatre’s ‘Emerging Writers’ 2018/19. She is also in development on a number of projects for TV and Film, including a television adaption of The Phlebotomist. As creative, film credits include The Wyrd, and the latest Stand Up to Cancer video campaign for RSA Films. For radio: ‘Road to Oxford’ for BBC Radio 4, and the upcoming adaptation of The Phlebotomist for BBC Radio 3. She also acts for theatre, screen and radio.

Ella is co-founder of the new writing company Flux Theatre, which aims to champion new voices in the arts. She also teaches English, facilitates creative writing workshops, and writes the occasional poem.