The Writer

Ella Hickson
German translation by Lisa Wegener
Fri 16.06.
05:00 PM
  • Anschl. Verleihung des Helene-Weigel-Theaterpreises an F. Wartenberg.
  • with English surtitles
1 hr 50 min
no break

An empty theatre, the performance is over. An audience member who came back to retrieve her backpack runs into the director of the show and takes the opportunity to air her grievances. Herself a  writer, she is horrified both by the performance itself and by the director’s self-importance. What follows is a passionate argument about the theatre, about the inextricable entanglement of art and commerce, clichéd gender images and power structures in a male-dominated world. At its end, the director invites the author to write a play for him…

What makes a good show? Who or what decides what will be presented? How do commercial considerations influence artistic decisions? Is power – whether at the workplace, in art or in relationships – male? Can a system be transformed from within? In her latest play, British author Ella Hickson combines witty entertainment with relentless social analysis. Adhering to the traditions of the well-made-play and yet a formal experiment, Hickson’s "The Writer" uses its author’s own profession to address the big social issues, reaching conclusions that are uncomfortable for all of us.

"The Writer" will be directed by Fritzi Wartenberg who studied theatre directing at the Max Reinhardt Seminar. It is the second production in the context of WORX, the programme for emerging artists.



Casts & Staff

as Autor:in
as Regisseur
as Schauspielerin / Girlfriend
as Schauspieler / Boyfriend




2 Pressestimmen

"Regisseurin Fritzi Wartenberg, die im Rahmen des Nachwuchsförderprogramms 'Worx' am Berliner Ensemble inszeniert, hat aus der Vorlage einen kurzweiligen, sehenswerten Abend gemacht, der den Werkraum im Neuen Haus des Berliner Ensembles am Ende zurecht in Begeisterung versetzt."

Berliner Morgenpost

"Was den Text so stark macht, sind Fragen nach Formen neuer dramatischer Erzählung, nach weiblicher Freiheit und Selbstermächtigung, auch nach Souveränität des Individuums. Vor allem aber ist es ein unschlagbarer, zündender Witz."

Berliner Morgenpost

Digitales Magazin

Making Of

Regisseurin Fritzi Wartenberg erklärt, worum es in „The Writer“ geht

Schauspielerin Pauline Knof über ihre Rolle bei „The Writer“