The Writer

20 Jun — 11 Jul 2020

Roslyn Packer Theatre


By Ella Hickson
Directed by Jessica Arthur

Australian premiere

Rebel with a cause

A young writer confronts a director in an empty theatre. In a bristling exchange about his work, the director attempts to disarm her. He flirts. He patronises. He even offers her a job. She stares him down. She wants to do things her way; she wants the world to change shape. And without warning it does, revealing stories nested within stories like Russian dolls, each more brilliant and daring than the last. A play that fractures form and structure, The Writer takes aim at the business of making art – the compromises it demands, the people it chews up, and the endless ways patriarchal power can infect.

Ella Hickson is one of the UK’s most exciting young playwrights and The Writer, which premiered at London’s Almeida Theatre in 2018, has been hailed as “momentous” (Broadway World), “riveting” (The Guardian UK) and “very punk rock” (Time Out London), exploding the very nature of what theatre can be.

Directed by Resident Director Jessica Arthur, the ensemble cast features Emily Barclay (Lethal Indifference), Heath Ledger Award-winner Charmaine Bingwa and Toby Schmitz (The Present). It’s furious, raw and edge-of-seat compelling.

“Electrifying... a thrillingly uninhibited rally against the establishment.”  Time Out London

Approx. duration 2hrs (no interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Adult themes, frequent strong language, sexual references and sex scenes. Subject to change. More info.


2020 Season Tickets
This play is currently only available as part of a 2020 Season Ticket (a pack of 6 or more plays). Save at least 20% on full price single tickets, access the best available seats, get loads of flexibility and exclusive benefits through the year. More info.

Existing Season Ticket Holders have an exclusive renewal window from 10 Sep – 1 Oct. Season Tickets go on sale to everyone from 4 Oct. Access a 48-hour pre-sale by signing up to our enews.

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $56
Adult A Reserve $56
Seniors cardholder $56
Concession $56
Under 30 $45
Preview $45

Single tickets
Single tickets for this show go on sale on 4 Dec. Sign up to our enews for early access to tickets. 

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: $7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Roslyn Packer Theatre. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.