Genesis Almeida Playwright Kendall Feaver’s play announced in Almeida Theatre’s 2024 season 

13 February 2024

Genesis Almeida Playwright Kendall Feaver’s Alma Mater has been announced as part of the Almeida Theatre’s 2024 season.

This new play directed by Polly Findlay (Assassins, Chichester Festival theatre; Beginning, National Theatre) and starring Phoebe Campbell (House of the Dragon), Liam Lau-Fernandez (Argylle) and Lia Williams (The Crown, His Dark Materials) explores the ever-growing generational divide between activists.

Kendall was one of the inaugural writers (2019/20) on the Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays programme which is run in partnership between the Genesis Foundation and the Almeida.

The programme supports emerging and mid-career writers to develop new plays for larger stages. Each writer on the programme is identified by the Almeida and commissioned to develop a new play, with guidance and dramaturgical support from the Almeida’s Literary Manager and artistic team.

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold said, “Having been part of our inaugural cohort […], it feels particularly special to be producing Kendall Feaver’s Alma Mater in Polly Findlay’s gripping production. Kendall’s virtuoso play explores the nuances and volcanoes of inter-generational feminism and will be one of the water-cooler events of London theatre in 2024.”

Alma Mater will run from 11 June to 20 July (previews 11 – 17 June).

Also announced in the upcoming season is Arnold Wesker’s Roots directed by 2021 Genesis Future Director Award Winner Diyan Zora.

The Genesis Future Director Award has run since 2012 in partnership with the Young Vic. Diyan’s recent directing credits include Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles? (Chichester Festival theatre, 2023) and Tom Fool (Orange Tree Theatre, 2022). In May this year she will direct Sanaz Toossi’s English as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2024/25 season.

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