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Biography

ELLA HICKSON  is a playwright who has received widespread critical acclaim for her first three plays. Eight debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received a Fringe First award and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award. She has also written Precious Little Talent and Hot Mess, both of which were highly commended by critics and audience alike and Boys. In addition, Hickson was an Emerging Playwright on attachment to the Traverse theatre, as well as the 2011 Pearson Playwright in Residence at The Lyric Hammersmith. All of her plays are published by NHB and available through Currency Press.

Authorised Kate Bane, The
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Authorised Kate Bane, The

Ella Hickson
 

Kate Bane returns home to her parents for a winter weekend to introduce her new boyfriend. As the snow falls, Kate finds herself searching with increasing desperation for the truth about her family’s past. Are her memories fact, or are they continually shifting acts of imagination?








Cast : 1M, 3F
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Boys
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Boys

Ella Hickson
 

Four boys face the tricky transition to adulthood in Ella Hickson's riot of a play.

The Class of 2011 are about to graduate and Benny, Mack, Timp and Cam are due out of their flat. Stepping into a world that doesn’t want them, these boys start to wonder whether there’s any point in getting any older. How will they find the fight to make it as adults?

Before all that they’re going to have one hell of a party. It’s hot and there’ll be girls an d booze. Predict a riot.


By Ella Hickson, also available through Currency Press:


 
Cast : 2F, 4M
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Eight
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Eight

Ella Hickson
 
Eight modern monologues which can be staged in any order: ideal for audition pieces and student drama groups

At the door of the theatre, you take a voting slip and chose your company; selecting four from eight captivating monologues that offer a group-portrait of diverse characters. From high-class hookers to 7/7 survivors these monologues paint a revelatory picture of Britain as it is today.

Awards
  • 2008 Edinburgh Festival - Fringe First and Best of the Festival



By Ella Hickson, also available through Currency Press:
Cast : 5M, 4F
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Precious Little Talent & Hot Mess
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Precious Little Talent & Hot Mess

Ella Hickson
 
Precious Little Talent 
A touching and funny play about 20-somethings graduating into a world that’s sold them down the river. Joey’s got a first class degree, 20K worth of debt and works in a pub. It’s Christmas, she escapes to New York to seek comfort in her father. But just as the world seems to have shunned her, so will he. As both the private and public worlds collapse around her, cynical English Joey will accidentally fall in love with idealistic American Sam and learn a little about what it is to have hope in the future of your country.

Review
It is young, full of spluttering energy and has a real fire in its belly about the need to retain your optimism in a cruel world… Hickson really is a little bit special -  Lyn Gardner , Guardian 

Hot Mess 
A dark, lusty and lyrical tale about friendship, sex and solitude.

Polo and Twitch were born twins, but only one heart followed after; Twitch got it and Polo was left with a hole in the middle. Polo is not looking to be loved and Twitch can do nothing but.

Review
She writes with great assurance using charmingly poetic language. -  British Theatre Guide



By Ella Hickson, also available through Currency Press:

Cast : Precious Little Talent - 2M, 1F / Hot Mess - 2M, 2F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-166-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Wendy & Peter Pan
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Wendy & Peter Pan

Adapted from the book by J.M. Barrie

Ella Hickson
 
Winter 1909. Snow is falling across London. Wendy Darling and her brothers sleep peacefully in the bedroom, as their parents bicker downstairs. In a sudden flurry of snow their window blows open, and into their lives tumbles a mischievous boy called Peter. Shortly followed by a very fractious fairy by the name of Tink.

Adapted for the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company, in a spectacular new version by Ella Hickson, this magical reinvention of Peter Pan shifts the focus to Wendy, who sees not only a great adventure, but also a chance to rediscover the key to her parents’ lost happiness.

Reinvigorating all the original’s familiar characters—from Captain Hook to a very hungry crocodile—yet never losing sight of the gripping adventure story, Wendy & Peter Pan is set to delight and enthrall traditionalists and new generations about to meet—for the very first time—‘the boy who never grew up.’
Cast : 18M; 4F; extras
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