Ella spends her time writing plays and freelance journalism, as well as running her new production company Tantrums. Her first play Eight won a Fringe First, the Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award and the NSDF Emerging Artists Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008. The show toured to New York in January 2009 and enjoyed huge critical acclaim and sell-out audiences. Eight opens at Trafalgar Studios, London, on 6 July 2009. Ella has recently finished her second play Precious Little Talent which will open at Bedlam Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe 2009.
Playwright Ella Hickson, whose new play Eight explores the discontentment of privileged twenty-somethings, argues the recession will prove a stern test for a generation unused to hardship and lacking strong beliefs, but also an opportunity to work out what really matters and might be worth fighting for.