The Writer

15 Jul — 1 Aug 2020
Dunstan Playhouse

State Theatre Company South Australia and Sydney Theatre Company present

By Ella Hickson

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Tear it all down

“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 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.

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


The Writer contains sex scenes, coarse language and adult themes.


“Hickson’s approach is witty, clever and keeps the ground shifting under one’s feet.” The Guardian

“A thrillingly uninhibited rally against the establishment” Time Out

“Formally inventive, intellectually nimble and vividly written new play about power, sex and art.” The Stage


Jessica Arthur

Set & Costume Designer

Elizabeth Gadsby

Lighting Designer

Mark Pennington

Composer and Sound Designer

Jessica Dunn


Emily Barclay
Charmaine Bingwa
Toby Schmitz

Dates & Times

      • P
      • P
      • ON
      • C
      • K
      • C
      • AD
      • AD
      • QA
Opening Night
Audio Described
Keith's Matinee Club
Post-show Q&A