Craig Higginson

South African playwright

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Biography

Craig is an internationally acclaimed writer and theatre director. 

His plays have been produced at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the Market Theatre (Johannesburg), the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, the Finborough, the Trafalgar Studios, the Baxter Theatre (Cape Town), the Traverse, Live Theatre Company, the Citizens Theatre, the Stockholm City Theatre, the Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre 503 and Next Theatre (Chicago) amongst others.  

Several of his plays are university setworks in South Africa and abroad. His play Dream of the Dog, starring Dame Janet Suzman, transferred to the West End after a sold out run at the Finborough Theatre with The Telegraph writing, “The Finborough has a massive, unmissable hit on its hands with Dream of the Dog … An evening fit to grab you by the throat.”

Previous works also include Girl in The Yellow Dress and Little Foot for the National's Connections programme. He is currently under commission by The Ink Factory and Headlong to adapt John le Carré’s novel The Mission Song. A new play The Red Door will be produced in South Africa in 2017.

All his original plays – along with his adaptation of The Jungle Book – are published by Oberon Books and Wits Press in South Africa.

Craig is also a published novelist.

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Theatre

Writer

Creator John le Carré
Producer Headlong and Ink Factory
Director Jeremy Herrin
 
 
Truth in Translation
Won A Fringe First At the 2007 Edinburgh Festival. Nominated Best New Play Fleur du Cap And Naledi Awards
Writer with Tom Tammi & the cast
 
 
Starring
  • Janet Suzman
  • Ariyon Bakare
  • Gracy Goldman
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    Finborough Theatre & The Trafalgar Studios
     
    Writer Co-written with Mncedisi Shabangu
     
    Grahamstown Main Festival and Market Theatre
     
    Producer Citizens Theatre, Live Theatre, Market Theatre
    Starring
  • Marianne Oldham
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    Drama between an English teacher and her French-Congolese pupil.

    Traverse Theatre
     
    Starring
  • Nat Ramabulana
  • Fiona Ramsay
  • Janna Ramos-Violante
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    The South African State Theatre, Pretoria
     
    Producer National Theatre Connections
     

    Drama juxtaposing South Africa’s contemporary democracy with its ancient past.

    National Theatre
     

    Writer & Director

     
    Adapted from the novel by William Golding
    Market Theatre
     
     
    Adapted from the novel by Rudyard Kipling
    From an adaptation by Tim Supple
    Market Theatre
     
    Producer Royal Shakespeare Company
    Starring
  • David Tennant
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    Adapted from the novel by Vladimir Nabokov

    The Other Place
     

    Book

    Executive Producer & Writer

    Radio

    Writer

    Laughter in the Dark
    Sony Radio Academy GOLD Award
    1 x 100'
    2004
    Director Maria Aitken
    Starring
  • Roger Allam
  • Claire Price
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    Radio adaptation of Craig's stage adaptation of the Nabokov novel

    Production Company Catherine Bailey
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3