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Ella Hickson

ELLA HICKSON

  

Nationality:    Scottish
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Literary Agent:    Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd  represented by Rachel Taylor

Ella is a multi-award-winning playwright, who is the recipient of the 2013 Catherine Johnson Award. Her work includes Boys (High Tide, Nuffield, Soho), The Authorised Kate Bane (Traverse, Tron), Fringe First winner and Evening Standard Award nominee Eight, (Trafalgar Studios and New York),Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios), Decade (Headlong), Soup (Traverse) and Hot Mess(Latitude, Arcola). She is currently writing a new play, Oil, for the Almeida and her adaptation for the RSC, Wendy and Peter Pan, premiered in December 2013. She also writes for the screen and her film Hold on Me (directed by Samuel Abrahams) premiered at the 55th BFI London Film Festival. Current television commissions include original narrative projects for Mammoth, Company and Endor.

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        Authorised Kate Bane, The         Boys         Custard         Eight         Found And Lost         Gift         Hot Mess         Love Song For the People of London, A         Merlin         PMQ         Precious Little Talent         Soup         Symphony         This Is Not the End         Wendy & Peter Pan



Authorised Kate Bane, The

Authorised Kate Bane, The
A painfully comic excavation of a family history that asks if there is an authorised version of the past - or just the one we can live with. 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? Unable to pin down the truth, can she write a version of the family mythology that will ensure her own happiness?

Notes:
original music from MJ McCarthy (Zoey Van Goey).

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Grid Iron

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Play/Drama

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Boys

Boys
It's finals day for the Class of 2011. Benny, Mack, Timp and Cam are due out of their five bedroom flat tomorrow morning: five bedrooms, five chairs, four boys - and one hell of a party. 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? Tonight marks the end of an era. It's hot. and there'll be girls. Predict a riot.

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Organisations:
HighTide Festival Theatre / Nuffield Theatre Southampton / Headlong Production

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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Custard

Synopsis:
Christmas Day 1941. the family sit down for Christmas dinner. Baker's enjoying his bowl of custard but he doesn't know what's coming next. a blackly funny piece inspired by 'the vacuous nature of society', the play brings wartime tensions into the family home, where sex, death and longing fight on against secrets and shame.

Notes:
Old Vic New Voices And Time Warner launch Time Warner Ignite - A two-year programme to spark creativity Among 18-25 year old emerging Artists with the production of four new plays on Friday 3rd December At 3.00pm At the new Waterloo east theatre. the 2-year programme offers workshops, commissions And theatrical And film production opportunities to members of the Old Vic's 18-25 year old emerging Artists programme - the New Voices Club. Around each of the Old Vic's four Annual main-house shows, four Club writers will be commissioned to write A short play response. these plays will be cast with Club Actors, directed by Club directors And produced As one-off special industry showings by Club producers in the 160-seater partner Venue for the project, Waterloo east theatre. At each of the eight presentations, Audiences will vote for one of the four plays to be Adapted into films. Club Artists will work with emerging film-makers And industry mentors to create A professional short, which will be uploaded to the partner website. For the final Hollywood twist, four of these films will be selected via An online poll on the website to win A place At A VIP industry screening At Time Warner's New York offices in 2012, hosted by the Old Vic's Artistic director, Kevin Spacey. the production on 3rd December will be of plays written in response to the Old Vic's production of Design for Living

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short play

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Eight

Eight
a collection of endearing characters, hitting adulthood in the Naughties, offer deliciously cynical yet touching snippets of life that question what it is to be 'normal' in a generation where everything has become acceptable. In a decade when the shock factor is hard to come by and the media is scrabbling around in the dirt to find the not-yet-exploited, eight's characters come from the fringes of a society that has been invaded by normal. From life-partners hanging by Hermes scarves to finding friendship in morgues, eight looks at the refugees created by the dissolution of social, sexual and national boundaries, resulting in hard-hitting Drama that has dared to confront the toughest of topical issues

Notes:
Eight swept the board At the biggest Arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival, in 2008. An underground hit propagated by sensational word-of-mouth, it went on to win A coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award, the NSDF emerging Artists Award And the Carol Tambor Best of edinburgh' Award, Awarded to only one show Across the thousands of productions At the festival. Aka This Is eight

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Organisations:
Edinburgh University Theatre Company

1st Published:
Original Works, Los Angeles >>>    978-1934962404

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Found And Lost

Synopsis:
A black cab pulls up to the kerb on Whitehall Place. A woman pays the driver and takes six steps up to where a doorman is already holding the door open for her; her heels create a faint echo on the marble floor as she passes a stunning floral display. The scent of camellias hangs in the air and is gone by the time she reaches the reception. She places a briefcase on the counter. The receptionist is on the telephone. She nods apologetically before ending the call with 5 star efficiency. There is a tension in the air that causes her to hesitate slightly before asking 'How may I help you?' The woman replies with a question of her own; you can almost hear it. It is the first of many. . .This brand new opera installation by Emily Hall reveals the secret life of a hotel. Guests will embark on a sonic journey through some of the Corinthia Hotel London's most beautiful spaces in this guided experience of discovery, where rooms can break into song, and real or imagined dramas could be waiting just around the corner.

Notes:
composer Emily Hall, Librettists Mathew Welton and Ella Hickson

1st Produced:
Corinthia Hotel, London     27 Jan 2016

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Genre:
opera installation 60 min

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Gift

Gift
No-one can forget the moment they heard the news. September 11th, 2001 sent shockwaves across the globe. It was a day that was supposed to change the world forever.Ten years on, a team of major writers and thinkers explore our responses to the defining event of our times in a new production from Headlong, creators of the multi award-winning eNRON. Rupert Goold's theatre company transforms a former trading hall into an immersive theatrical experience, taking you from the tranquil setting of St Katharine Docks on the River Thames to the bright blue skies of downtown Manhattan and beyond.

Notes:
part of Decade: Two towers. Ten years. Twenty plays. Ten years After 9/11, twenty international writers respond to the defining event of our times. Published here Are their individual plays, which woven together formed the basis of Decade, An immersive theatrical production from Headlong theatre company. the writers: Samuel Adamson, Mike Bartlett, Alecky Blythe, Adam Brace, Ben ellis, Ella Hickson, Samuel D. Hunter, John Logan, Matthew Lopez, Mona Mansour, DC Moore, Abi Morgan, Rory Mullarkey, Janine Nabers, Lynn Nottage, Harrison David Rivers, Simon Schama, Christopher Shinn, Beth Steel, Alexandra Wood.

1st Produced:
Commodity Quay, St Katharine Docks, London E1W 1Az     01 Sep 2011

Organisations:
Headlong

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Music:
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Genre:
short piece

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Hot Mess

Hot Mess
Hot Mess is a dark and lyrical tale about friendship, loss and loneliness. Twins Polo and Twitch were born with only one heart between them: where Polo is not looking to be loved, Twitch can do nothing but.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
Tantrums Ltd

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Music:
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Genre:
Drama, storytelling

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Love Song For the People of London, A

Synopsis:
A Love Song for the People of London by Ella Hickson tags along at a daily journey in the streets of London. Simultaneously familiar and fresh

Notes:
part of "Symphony"

1st Produced:

Organisations:
Nabokov Theatre Company

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Music:
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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Merlin

Synopsis:
This Christmas, the Royal stage will be transformed into the mythical kingdom of Camelot for a magical new take on the legends of Merlin. Join King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on a fantastical adventure tale of sorcery and chivalry, peppered with heroic battles and enchanting romance. This world premiere production by Ella Hickson (Wendy and Peter, RSC) will combine exquisite storytelling with atmospheric folk music to convey the magic, mythology and wonder of the ancient Arthurian legends. An ideal Christmas treat for all the family.

Notes:
written by Ollie Birch and Ella Hickson, composer Rob Castell

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Organisations:
Nuffield

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Music:
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Genre:
TYA musical

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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PMQ

Synopsis:
theatre503 present a series of short plays which riff on the theme of "Coalition" - both in that they are all products of collaborations between playwrights and artists of other disciplines, and in that they all address in one way or another the new age of coalition government in which we find ourselves. You might say that a theatrical exploration of the current political situation could have come a little sooner; but coinciding as it does with the student riots and the general reaction to the October cuts, this project feels incredibly vital. there are ten pieces of work, split into a Blue Group and a Yellow Group (for Tories and Lib Dems, of course), which perform on alternate nights.

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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Precious Little Talent

Precious Little Talent
Precious Little Talent is about a Father desperate not to forget his daughter and two young people determined not to be forgotten by the world.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Bedlam Theatre (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)     06 Aug 2010

Organisations:
Tantrums Ltd.

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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Soup

Synopsis:
Soup, is an absorbing story about the return of a young man to his comfortable Morningside home and the confusion his presence brings to his insecure film-critic father.

Notes:
Soup, is An Absorbing story About the return of A young man to his comfortable Morningside home And the confusion his presence brings to his insecure film-critic father.

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Symphony

Synopsis:
Theatre meets live gig as 3 of the UK's hottest and most successful young writers collaborate with the award winning new writing company nabokov to present an eclectic mix of stories told through the innovative use of music and spoken word.

Notes:
written by Ella Hickson, Nick Payne & Tom Wells; music by Ed Gaughan

1st Produced:
The Vault Festival, London     18 Feb 2014

Organisations:
nabokov

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Music:
-

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Genre:
piece 60 min

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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This Is Not the End

Synopsis:
the subject is the date from hell as pretty Mia meets her new boyfriend Tom's pals. This trio of rugger types had been the self-proclaimed Three Musketeers of drunken foul antics. Tom is joined by a double act who do not hold back on the tasteless but extremely funny jokes. Nor do they spare Mia with their tales of Tom's past conquests. If this is bad enough, Tom's bitter old flame Lisa, who, once she's had a few too many, does not hold back on the hilarious invective.
- Philip Fisher, British theatre Guide

Notes:
part of the 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices

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Genre:
15 min play

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Wendy & Peter Pan

Wendy & Peter Pan
Winter 1909. Snow is falling across London. Wendy Darling and her two 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. In the magical Peter Pan, Wendy sees not only a great adventure, but also a chance to rediscover the key to her parents' lost happiness. With the aid of a little fairy dust she agrees to fly with Peter to Neverland. there she will give the Lost Boys a run for their money, defeat Captain Hook and his pirate crew, and ultimately, learn what it means to grow up.

Notes:
JM Barrie's classic tale of the boy who never grows up is adapted in a spectacular new version by Ella Hickson

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  18            Female:  4            Other:  6 extras

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