Thought-provoking, Must see, Absorbing, Clever, Intense
About the Show
A new play by award-winning writer, Ella Hickson follows Elizabeth I's remarkable ascent to power.
Ella Hickson's (The Writer, ANNA, Machinal) new and intense drama explores the ways in which women in power navigate patriarchal systems in order to succeed. Hickson's first play, Eight, won the NSDF Emerging Artists Award in 2008.
Natalie Abrahami’s production is a searing 90 minutes that deals with history you’ll probably know, from angles you might not...it’s hard not to be impressed by Elizabeth’s cold-eyed triumph.'
Where the play succeeds is in demonstrating Elizabeth’s skill in countering male manoeuvres. Vividly staged, the play reignites one’s interest in Elizabeth without persuading one of the contemporary parallels.'
Abrahami’s production has a keen sense of atmosphere...Hickson is a deeply intelligent writer who can blaze through to big truths, and even on a lower wattage Swive offers smart and pertinent insights...'