Craig Higginson

South African playwright

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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.




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
  • Marianne Oldham

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

    Traverse Theatre
  • 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
  • David Tennant

    Adapted from the novel by Vladimir Nabokov

    The Other Place



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

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

    Production Company Catherine Bailey
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3


    Executive Producer & Writer