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The Writer

The Writer

By Ella Hickson
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848427549, 88 pages, April 2018


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.


"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

"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

"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

"An eloquent, intellectually agile, vividly written and frequently furious play. .. a compelling theatrical experience. "

- The Stage

"Funny, raw, unflaggingly inventive. .. a sophisticated play for the MeToo generation. "

- Telegraph

"A bold and vivid explosion of anger. "

- Radio Times

"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