AMPAG, State Theatre Company South Australia State Theatre Company South Australia:The Writer

The Writer

July 2020

Fri 17 

State Theatre Company South Australia

State Theatre Company South Australia

Dunstan Playhouse

Adelaide

 
 

A young female playwright and an older male director find themselves alone in an empty theatre one night. She wants a new form of theatre that dismantles capitalism and overturns the patriarchy. He’s turned on by the commercial potential of her rage.

“I want awe. I feel like I need blood. All the time. And anything less than that makes me feel desperate. It makes me feel like I want to die.”

A showdown between male and female, young and old, Ella Hickson’s incendiary new play comes to Adelaide after an explosive world premiere in London where it was described as “unflaggingly provocative, metatheatrical and inventive”.

The Writer is a ferocious new work that rocks the very foundations upon which theatre is built.

The minute I put down this script, I knew we had to do it. Completely original, daring and coruscating, it goes where other plays about power and gender and art fear to tread. It breaks the fourth wall and the fifth and the sixth… Add an actor like Please Like Me’s Emily Barclay, it will be unmissable. Mitchell