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The Writer – at the Almeida Theatre
“‘I want awe. I feel like I need blood. All the time. And anything less than that makes me feel desperate. It makes me feel like I want to die.’ She wants to change the shape of the world. But a new way of thinking needs a new story. How can she make herself heard? Ella Hickson returns to the Almeida following the success of Oil in 2016 with the world première of The Writer, directed by Blanche McIntyre.” – from the Almeida website ( Starring Romola Garai ( We will have dinner before the play, at 5.45 p.m. at Radici (, directly opposite the theatre on Almeida Street. We will stay on to have drinks after the performance, in the theatre cafe-bar ( This event is for people who will be joining us for dinner or for drinks (or, even better, both). If you won’t be staying, or if you only have time to stop briefly, please don’t RSVP. You will need to confirm your plans in your RSVP. All tickets for this event must be purchased with the Meetup group via this page. If you purchase your ticket direct with the theatre you will not be able to join the group event. We have an allocation of 18 seats available to members for purchase, at varying price levels, as follows: 4 x A of which none remain (£42.50), 4 x B of which 1 remains (£34.50), 2 x D of which none remain (£22.50, partially restricted view), and 7 x E of which none remain (£12.50, restricted view) – all prices include £1.50 to cover Paypal fees and £1 to cover annual Meetup fees. Our allocation is stalls seats A10–11, A14, C23, D2, E3, F11–12, F18–19, G10, G17–G19, and circle seats C8–11. The Almeida seating plan varies with each production; however a roughly indicative plan is available here ( Tickets are not refundable. Tickets will be made available in stages as Meetup does not allow organisers to offer differential prices. I will change the price to the next batch each weekend or sooner if they sell out sooner. In the days immediately prior to our event, I’ll circulate details of arrangements to meet before the performance.

Almeida Theatre

Almeida Street N1 1TA · London


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The idea is simple – just getting together a few people to see plays and independent / interesting films, in Islington and Hackney (and, once in a while, sneaky jaunts further afield). You don’t need to be local – we have people from near and far. For each outing there will be plans to have something to eat or drink beforehand or afterward – do join in. Key places are:

• theatres – the Almeida, the Arcola, Park Theatre, the King’s Head, the Hope, the Barbican, the Old Red Lion, the Rosemary Branch, the Hen & Chickens, the Pleasance
• cinemas – the Rio, the Barbican, Hackney Picturehouse, Rich Mix.

Numbers really count in this group, because it’s large (London’s biggest theatre group!) but events are small enough to be friendly and to integrate new people. This works by having members commit to turning up when they RSVP, and not coming unless they’re RSVPed. Sadly this group can’t any longer do casual drop-outs and drop-ins (though last-minute RSVPs are always welcome).

This makes the group a brilliant one to belong to – because we’re big and our numbers are definite, our events fill up to the optimum size and there’s always a diverse, stimulating mix of people. Our RSVP numbers reflect reality (an event with 16 RSVPs will have 16 people – not 6), and our events fit into a bookable space. It means when you come you’ll get a seat for dinner/drinks (because no one will have gate-crashed and taken it) – and you’ll meet lots of interesting people (because they will turn up!)

When you join this group an RSVP is a promise to turn up (and stay for the social part of the event), and joining is a promise to come only if you’re RSVPed.

There’s no requirement to attend any particular number of events with the group, or to pay anything to join.

If you’re thinking of sending me a message promoting an event, then unless it’s a local play/film and either heavily discounted or includes a director/writer/cast Q&A, don’t – thanks. This is a zero-spam group – I keep faith with members by circulating nothing except legitimate event details.

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