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Ella Road’s The Phlebotomist is shortlisted for Susan Smith Blackburn Award


Writer and actor Ella Road has been nominated for the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The nomination is for her play The Phlebotomist which received excellent reviews when it had its debut at the studio in Hampstead Theatre last year and is transferring to Hampstead’s main house from 19 March – 20 April this year.

“Road’s writing feels charged, answering just enough questions to leave the imagination to run wild” THE STAGE

“a gasp-worthy dystopian thriller” THE GUARDIAN
“At its best her writing is as fresh as tomorrow’s dawn.” EVENING STANDARD

The other finalists for the prestigious prize are Hilary Bettis, Jackie Sibblies Drury, debbie tucker green, Ella Hickson, Martyna Majok, Lily Padilla, Nina Raine, Heidi Schreck and Lauren Yee. The award is the oldest prize given to female playwrights and is now in its 41st year. It is named after the American actor and writer Susan Smith, who died in 1977. Previous winners include Lucy Kirkwood, Lynn Nottage, Caryl Churchill, Moira Buffini, Sarah Ruhl and Katori Hall.

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