ADC Theatre
Tue 5 - Sat 9 October

The Writer

Ella Hickson

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The Writer by Ella Hickson is a work of meta-theatre which addresses what it means to challenge the status quo (if it’s even possible to do so) and the personal costs of attempting it. If we want to change the world, how should we write the new stories?

The play attempts to answer such a question through brittle scenes which navigate gender, love, race, sex, and money.

From a young woman forgetting her bag and a row over a cassoulet, to surreal memories of a lake and distorted realities, The Writer is attempting to destabilise the establishment from within.


Tue 5 October at 7:45pm
Wed 6 October at 7:45pm
Thu 7 October at 7:45pm
Fri 8 October at 7:45pm
Sat 9 October at 7:45pm


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Frequent and explicit reference to different forms of consensual but complicated sex

Tensions, often sexual, in the relationship between the much older male director and the younger female writer

Brief mention of r*pe in relation to the staging of a show the character is discussing (pre-interval)

Simulation of an uncomfortable sex scene between two female characters, involving a strap-on (post-interval)

pregnancy and/or childbirth

mental illness

flashing images (i.e. a seizure warning)



white supremacy

The ADC Theatre is Britain's oldest University playhouse, today administered and maintained by the University of Cambridge. Plays have been presented on the site since 1855, when the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) was founded, and the society met and performed in the back room of the Hoop Inn, which stood almost exactly where the ADC Theatre stands today.  Today, the ADC Theatre is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, run almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement. 


When you arrive at the ADC Theatre, there are power assisted doors to the Box Office. In the foyer there is a lift which leads up to the bar and auditorium. The accessible toilet is located on the ground floor across the foyer. 

The ADC Theatre is conveniently located near the Park Street Car Park, which has 7 disabled parking bays.

If you are booking a wheelchair seat in the ADC auditorium for the first time, please call the Box Office on 01223 300085 or email We will then alter the permissions of your ADC account so that you can access the wheelchair seats on our website when you book in the future. 

Complimentary tickets are available for full-time carers.

The ADC Theatre and Corpus Playroom is fitted with an infra-red audio system designed to help deaf and hard of hearing patrons. If you are using the system for the first time, please arrive early and seek advice from our Front of House team.

Assistance dogs are welcome in both of our venues. Please call the Box Office or email the above address when booking to ensure you are seated appropriately.


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