- Nominated, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2019
A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost.
Ella Hickson's play The Writer premiered in April 2018 at the Almeida Theatre, London, in a production directed by Blanche McIntyre.
"A bold and vivid explosion of anger. "- Radio Times
"Riveting. .. Playful and impassioned. .. Above all, the play is asking a big question: do we need new theatrical forms to reflect a society in the midst of a sexual revolution? Hickson's approach is witty, clever and keeps the ground shifting under one's feet. "- Guardian
"Funny, raw, unflaggingly inventive. .. a sophisticated play for the MeToo generation. "- Telegraph
"It's sharp, savage stuff. .. it never for a second is anything less than engrossing and serious, raising issues that need to be raised. .. Hickson's writing can take the breath away. "- WhatsOnStage
"Hickson strikes a nerve with her story of toxic masculinity and egocentrism. .. this momentous new play is a voice that needs to be heard. "- Broadway World
"This poetically messy, brilliantly clever piece of work has an epic beauty… fractures, stumbles over and twists literary and societal structures like a modern-day Orlando… Hickson's a genius. "- Exeunt Magazine
"Electrifying. .. very punk rock, a thrillingly uninhibited rally against the establishment. "- Time Out
"An eloquent, intellectually agile, vividly written and frequently furious play. .. a compelling theatrical experience. "- The Stage
"Wow. Here's a drama that channels all the righteous anger of the moment, the pent-up fury that women have found themselves at last allowed to express. .. [Ella Hickson] hits the jackpot once more with this coruscating examination of power structures both artistic and personal and how received ideas shaped by an inescapably patriarchal society infuse the two realms. "- Evening Standard