See Ella Road’s FAIR PLAY online globally until 19 February

Ella Road is the most exciting young playwright I have seen recently, and after the huge success of her THE PHLEBOTOMIST in 2019 and 2020, I am sure that her new play FAIR PLAY – about the underside of women’s athletics – will be worth seeing.

The clocks are set. The line is drawn. They’ve got a chance to be champions. But at what cost? 

When Ann joins Sophie’s running club she’s thrown into a world of regimented training and pure focus. The two girls couldn’t be more different, but soon their shared passion makes them inseparable – dreaming in lanes and lap-times, waking up picturing Olympic medals, each day stronger and faster… 

But set head to head in the run up to the World Championships, they find themselves and their friendship put to the ultimate test. As their relationships, their bodies, and their very identities are pulled into public scrutiny, does being exceptional come at too high a price? 

See the FAIR PLAY trailer here

The show is available to watch evenings at 7.30pm UK time until Saturday 19 February and with 2.30pm performances on 16 and 19 February. Please note all performances are captioned in English. Audio described performances are Thursday 17 at 7.30pm and Sat 19 at 2.30pm – Audio description cannot be turned off on these performances.

Tickets are available from £10 here

UPDATE: DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES THIS SEASON OF STREAMS CANNOT BE BROADCAST AT THIS TIME- I HOPE THEY WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


Missed Olivier-nominated THE PHLEBOTOMIST? Now you can listen to it!

Ella Road’s brilliant future-looking play THE PHLEBOTOMIST was a big hit this year at Hampstead after a sell-out season last year.

If you weren’t able to get along to this four-star Olivier-nominated play, then all is not lost! BBC Radio3 have recorded (and broadcast) a sound adaptation of the play with this year’s main stage cast headed by the brilliant Jade Anouka, and directed by its stage director Sam Yates. There is a link to the radio version below, which runs 90 minutes. (*Please note that access to this broadcast recording may not be available outside the UK – but give it a try anyway!)

PLEASE NOTE THIS RECORDING IS ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL TUESDAY 16th JULY at 9.00pm GMT


Read my four-star review of the stage version of THE PHLEBOTOMIST here

Read my interview with writer Ella Road here

Listen to the radio adaptation of Ella Road’s brilliant play here