Daisy Ridley (Star Wars, Murder on the Orient Express) has joined a new project at Audible alongside Killing Eve writer Elinor Cook, called Islanders. The original drama will tell the story of a reality TV contestant in a Bachelor in Paradise type setting.
The Audible Emerging Playwright commission tells the story of a young woman, performed by Ridley, who has always felt invisible. When she becomes a contestant on a televised dating show, she’s thrust into a manufactured paradise. To remain in the game, she tries on different personas and partners. But as the days – or weeks – pass and the lines between truth and fiction blur, she must confront her long-held anxieties about identity and the desire to be seen…all while the cameras are rolling.
Amid the pandemic, this was a project that Ridley could fully take on from her London home, and she has completed the voice work for the project.
She said of the role:
“I really enjoyed performing Elinor Cook’s Islanders. Coming from a group working environment, it’s very rare to have to perform a piece, uninterrupted, but I found the creative process to be challenging and rewarding in equal measure. Elinor’s writing is beautiful, and she manages to convey incredible depth, even through the facade of a constructed reality TV show. I feel really lucky I was able to explore this piece with Elinor and the Audible team.”
I think this story is interesting, as I watch a lot of the trash reality that the story is based on. I think it’s intriguing to be able to hear an account of what someone in this situation would really be thinking, and not just what the cameras are portraying. Islanders will be released on Audible on September 10th. Will you be checking it out?