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.
OK, Ella Hickson's new play is meant to make you feel uncomfortable - not least if you're a man and you're involved in the theatre, and a critic to boot. It should carry a police warning: anything you say has been written down and may be used as evidence against you. In the midst of a climate where both behaviour and the words we speak and write are being rigorously policed and interrogated,... Read more