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 Main, Market Theatre Johannesburg, Hilton Festival, Finborough London, Trafalgar Studios in the West End), The Girl in the Yellow Dress (NAF Main, 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 Little Foot, which was commissioned by the National Theatre for the 2012 Connections Festival (extended version NAF Main 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 internationally. 

Craig’s plays 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 Naledi Awards for Best New South African Play and Best Children’s Play. 

All his original plays – along with his adaptation of The Jungle Book – are published by Oberon Books.

Craig is also a published novelist.

CV

Theatre

Writer

 
In development
 
 
In development
 
 

Stage play exploring Freudian psychology 

In development
 
Producer National Theatre Connections
 

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

National Theatre
 
Producer Citizens Theatre, Live Theatre, Market Theatre
Starring
  • Marianne Oldham
  •  

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

    Traverse Theatre
     
    Starring
  • Janet Suzman
  • Ariyon Bakare
  • Gracy Goldman
  •  

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


    Finborough 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
  •  

    Adapted from the novel by Vladimir Nabokov

    The Other Place
     

    Radio

    Writer

    Laughter in the Dark
    Sony Radio Academy GOLD Award
    1 x 100'
    2004
    Director Maria Aitken
    Starring
  • Roger Allam
  • Claire Price
  •  

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

    Production Company Catherine Bailey
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     

    Book

    Executive Producer & Writer