The Writer

Season Finished
Season Cancelled

State Theatre Company South Australia and Sydney Theatre Company present

By Ella Hickson

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We regret to announce that due to the closure of the Adelaide Festival Centre, we are obliged to cancel this season of The Writer.

This decision has been made with respect to the federal and state governments’ public health advice in dealing with the risk of spreading novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please see our announcement for further details.

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.

Approx. duration 2hrs (no interval). Subject to change.


“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

  • Venue Access

    The Writer is being held at the Dunstan Playhouse.

    The recommended Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre drop off zone is at the northern end of the Riverbank Footbridge on War Memorial Drive (walk across the Footbridge to Dunstan Playhouse) or at the Intercontinental Hotel (walk north between the Intercontinental Hotel and Railway Station along the lane way to the Riverbank). There is also a drop off area and two accessible car spaces on lower Festival Drive, accessible from the west via Montefiore Road.

    Getting to the Venue

    Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (stop at Railway Station), trains, buses and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

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    For information about parking near the Adelaide Festival Centre, please click here.

  • Tangent

    Join our esteemed panel on Monday 29 June for our The Writer Tangent event.

    >> Click here for full details

    Subscriber Briefing

    2020 Subscribers are invited to join us for exclusive Subscriber Briefings to learn more about the creation of the show.

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    Matinee Club

    After selected matinee performances throughout the year, stay for our Matinee Club to hear the artists involved with the show. There is no additional cost, just stay in your seats after the performance.

    The Matinee Club performance for this show is on Wednesday 22 July, 11am.

    Post Show Q&As

    We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production. A Q&A will be held for this show on Monday 27 July, 6:30pm.


Jessica Arthur

Set & Costume Designer

Elizabeth Gadsby

Lighting Designer

Mark Pennington

Composer and Sound Designer

Jessica Dunn


Emily Barclay
Charmaine Bingwa
Terry Crawford
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