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Daphne, or Hellfire

Originally performed at The Greenhouse, the EdFringe's first zero-waste venue, Isla's play Daphne, or Hellfire will have a second run at Assembly Roxy this November (2019).

Inspired by Ovid’s myth, ‘Daphne and Apollo’, this ecofeminist drama recasts Daphne as an impassioned environmentalist, battling big business, a boastful boyfriend and a pressurising father. As tensions between Daphne and Apollo rise, Daphne must decide what she is willing to sacrifice for the sake of saving the planet. An exciting new play about trees, family trees and female liberation.

previous praise:

"Cowan has taken millennia-old source material and constructed a play that is fresh and resonant" - Theatre Weekly

"Daphne, or Hellfire ends as an effective parable that, just as its predecessor, is likely to haunt its audience for some time after" -

Miro Magazine

"A play with an impact" - All Edinburgh Theatre


image design: Lara Tillotson

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Hampstead Theatre: New Playwright Programme 

Selected for Hampstead Theatre's 2019 writers' programme, 'INSPIRE: The Next Playwright', Isla is currently working with the theatre and mentor, Roy Williams, on a brand new play.

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