Craig Higginson

South African playwright

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Biography

Craig Higginson is an internationally acclaimed writer and theatre director. His original plays include Dream of the Dog (NAF, Market Theatre Johannesburg, Hilton Festival, Finborough London, Trafalgar Studios in the West End), The Girl in the Yellow Dress (NAF, Baxter Theatre Cape Town, the Traverse Edinburgh, Live Theatre Newcastle, the Citizens Glasgow, the Stadsteater Stockholm, the Market Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre 503 London, Next Theatre Chicago) and, most recently, Little Foot, which was commissioned by the National Theatre for the 2012 Connections Festival (extended version NAF and Market Theatre). Other credits include an adaptation of Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark (staged at RSC and adapted for BBC R3), and Truth in Translation and Ten Bush, which he co-wrote and which toured widely internationally.

Craig’s writing and directing have been nominated for and won several awards in South Africa and the United Kingdom, including winning the Sony Gold Award for the Best Radio Drama in the UK, an Edinburgh Fringe First and the Naledi Award for Best New South African Play. All his original plays – along with his adaptation of The Jungle Book – are published by Oberon Books.

Craig’s novels include The Hill (2005, Jacana), Last Summer (2010, Picador Africa, and M-Net Literary Award finalist) and The Landscape Painter (2011, Picador Africa, and winner of the UJ Prize for South African Literature in English).

CV

Theatre
Writer
Anything but the Truth 2012
In development
Writer Craig Higginson

Lamb 2012
In development
Writer Craig Higginson

Stage play exploring Freudian psychology 

Little Foot 2012
National Theatre
Producer National Theatre Connections
Writer Craig Higginson

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

The War Artist 2012
In development
Writer Craig Higginson

The Girl in the Yellow Dress 2010
Traverse Theatre
Producer Citizens Theatre, Live Theatre, Market Theatre
Writer Craig Higginson
Starring Marianne Oldham

Drama between an English teacher and her French-Congolese pupil.

Dream of the Dog 2007
Finborough Theatre
Writer Craig Higginson
Starring Janet Suzman, Ariyon Bakare & Gracy Goldman

A post-TRC (Truth and Reconciliation) play looking at the problem of memory and the past.


Writer and Director
The Jungle Book 2008
Market Theatre
Director Craig Higginson
Writer Craig Higginson

Adapted from the novel by Rudyard Kipling
From an adaptation by Tim Supple

Lord of the Flies 2006
Market Theatre
Director Craig Higginson
Writer Craig Higginson

Adapted from the novel by William Golding

Laugher in the Dark 2000
The Other Place
Producer Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Craig Higginson
Writer Craig Higginson
Starring David Tennant

Adapted from the novel by Vladimir Nabokov

Radio
Writer
Laughter in the Dark 1 x 100' 2004
Catherine Bailey for BBC Radio 3
 
Director Maria Aitken
Writer Craig Higginson
Starring Roger Allam & Claire Price

Radio adaptation of Craig's stage adaptation of the Nabokov novel

 
Books

The Jungle Book
2008