Zinnie Harris

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Interview: Theatre-maker Zinnie Harris on tackling Strindberg's Miss Julie

22 Jan 2014

New production of iconic work set for Citizens Theatre

In this new column, The List talks to a theatre-maker about a quality that makes their work distinctive. The Citizens Theatre, under Dominic Hill's artistic direction, has established a reputation for updating classic stories. Zinnie Harris' version of…

Zinnie Harris' update of Ibsen's A Doll House puts fresh political spin on a proto-feminist classic

17 Apr 2013

'It’s all about how we look at the political couple behind the doors'

In 2009, playwright Zinnie Harris gave Henrik Ibsen’s masterful 19th century dissection of corruption and power a timely update. The acclaimed writer of The Wheel and Further than the Furthest Thing transposed the action from Norway’s financial world in…

The best theatre productions of 2012

12 Dec 2012

Featuring Ulysses, Macbeth, Further Than the Furthest Thing, Betrayal and Beats

1 Ulysses Dermot Bolger’s adaptation of Joyce’s masterpiece is a textbook example of how to transfer a doorstopper of a literary classic onto the stage, wisely focusing on the humour and humanity in Joyce’s account of a single day in Dublin in a series…

Hot 100 2012: 79-70

11 Dec 2012

Dominic Hill, Ewan Morrison and LuckyMe among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Interview: Playwrights David Greig and David Harrower share a bill at Edinburgh Fringe

11 Jul 2012

Scottish playwrights share a bill at Edinburgh for first time

It took centuries of endeavour before the first man ran a four-minute mile. Yet as soon as he did, it happened again just two months later. Since Roger Bannister broke that barrier in 1959, many athletes have done the same. That, says playwright David…

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Traverse theatre launch new writing festival Write Here

21 Mar 2012

Offers audience chance to see works in progress by many writers

Two months into her role as the Traverse’s artistic director, Orla O’Loughlin has launched one of the most exciting new writing festivals Edinburgh has seen in years. Write Here will showcase work from the theatre’s Young Writers Group graduates…

Dundee Rep revives Further Than the Furthest Thing

14 Mar 2012

James Brining adapts Zinnie Harris's first play

James Brining, artistic director of Dundee Rep, has a rule of thumb about choosing plays. ‘When you have a strong sense of how to do it and how it should look,’ he says, then it’s time. And if this coincides with the members of the repertory company…

The Wheel

11 Aug 20114 stars

Innocence lost in war-torn Spain

When we think about war, it is the civilian casualties or soldiers who lose their lives we remember. The children whose innocence is stripped from them, observing the horrors that surround a war zone rarely, if ever, get a mention. In the west, we worry…

Zinnie Harris returns to Edinburgh 2011 with The Wheel

27 Jul 2011

Vicky Featherstone directs play exploring change, place and conflict

‘I had this idea of a woman that walks right round the world and comes back to the beginning and then gets the opportunity to play her life again. That was my opening premise. If we were able to go back to the moment where you have a fork in the path…

The theatre shows to look out for at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011

9 Jun 2011

Dance Marathon, Ten Plagues and Tuesdays at Tescos among highlights

As ever the theatre programme of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is overflowing with keen ideas, exciting stories and risk-taking. The Traverse Theatre maintains its position as the beating heart of the Fringe, with Dominic Hill’s final programme…

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While You Lie

12 Aug 20104 stars

Brave exploration of identity, the body and sexuality

Sam Holcroft’s first piece for the Traverse, Cockroach, explored the interplay of genetics and politics. In this new play the conversation is continued, but here more specifically in the realm of sexual politics. Ana (Claire Lams), a young emigrant…

Bourne to be wild - Mark Ravenhill interview

6 Aug 2009

New show based on flamboyant gay theatre icon Bette Bourne

Mark Ravenhill is making a habit of redefining what a Fringe play can be. Two years ago, his Ravenhill for Breakfast offered ever growing crowds a chance to see a daily changing programme of short plays written almost as fast as they could be performed…

Edinburgh Festival 2009 - Fringe programme highlights

11 Jun 2009

Roll up, roll up. It may just seem like yesterday that the Edinburgh Fringe packed its bags for 2008 but now it’s back with a vengeance. Against stiff competition from its international and national counterparts, this year’s Fringe line-up looks…


17 Jul 2008

War requiem - Traverse

New director of the Traverse Dominic Hill’s own directorial debut is an unobtrusive choice. Kirstin Innes meets Zinnie Harris, the playwright behind Fall


18 Sep 20064 stars


CLASSIC Each of those cases we read of in the newspapers, where bosses fall in love with their secretaries, teachers with their students and politicians with their junior aides, reinforce our fear of the disruption of hierarchy. Yet, as the…

NTS Ensemble Season

7 Sep 2006

North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Thu 7-Sat 9 Sep, then

ENSEMBLE THEATRE Ensemble work was, for some time, completely unseen on Scottish stages, which is a shame, because the particular confidence it can bring actors in approaching different pieces with the same colleagues often sees an all round…