Initial casting has been announced for The Writer, Ella Hickson’s new play set to get its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in April. Romola Garai will play the titular writer in the play, who is described as wanting to ‘change the shape of the world’ but in need of a ‘new way of thinking’ to make herself heard. Garai starred in the Almeida’s production of Oil in 2016, and her other theatre credits include Queen Anne at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Village Bike at the Royal Court and Measure for Measure at the Young Vic.
“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.”
She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story. How can she make herself heard?
Ella Hickson returns to the Almeida following the success of Oil in 2016 with the world premiere of The Writer, directed by Blanche McIntyre.