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Plays by Zinnie Harris

By Many Wounds

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

And it’s you, you’re standing on a step, looking like I remember you but a little older, and not nervous but like you belong. And wearing a stripy T-shirt and the yellow beret that you wore the summer before you left … and you don’t say anything for a second. Then suddenly you say ‘Sorry.’

A very ordinary family. An ordinary family holiday. Mum, Mike, Gill and Judy. And now Judy’s gone and nothing will ever be the same again.

By Many Wounds is an examination of ordinary lives made extraordinary through disaster. In this gripping story about love and loss, Zinnie Harris paints a haunting picture of a family coming to terms with grief and a child’s forced entry into early adulthood.

By Many Wounds was first presented at the Chelsea Centre, London, in November 1998.

Fall

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Is the settling of scores a necessary step towards restoring peace after a bloody conflict?

Set against a war-crimes trial at the end of a civil war, Fall explores the thin line between justice and revenge.

Fall is the last play in a trilogy by Zinnie Harris that examines the transforming effects of war. Solstice and Midwinter were performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2004-05. Fall opened at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in July 2008.

Further than the Furthest Thing

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

On a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic secrets are buried. When the outside world comes calling, intent on manipulation for political and economic reasons, the islanders find their own world blown apart from the inside as well as beyond. Further than the Furthest Thing is a beautifully drawn story evoking the sadness and beauty of a civilisation in crisis.

Further than the Furthest Thing premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in August, 2000.

Midwinter

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

A pedlar announces that the war is over and as the soldiers return in the fragile peace that follows, the starving people are left to build new lives, to forge new identities. Written in a spare and lyrical language, Midwinter is a play about now, about love, self and a world made from conflict.

Midwinter premiered as part of the RSC New Work Festival at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in October 2004. It is the second in a trilogy of plays which begins with Solstice and culiminates in Fall.

Nightingale and Chase

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Played this game. Inside, with the other girls. The 'he is going to meet you' game. The 'he is going to meet you with flowers' game. The 'he is going to turn up in a limo' game. The 'he is going to bring champagne' game. The 'he is going to cover you in kisses, or cum, or love bites or bloody Belgian chocolate' game, doesn't matter but when you walk out of those gates. He is going to be there, that is the game.

Chase is waiting to be released from prison. And Nightingale is there to meet her. Everything is under control and they're both going to get it right. This time.

Nightingale and Chase premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2001.

Zinnie Harris's plays include the multi-award-winning Further than the Furthest Thing, produced by the National Theatre/Tron Theatre in 2000 (1999 Peggy Ramsay Playwriting Award, 2001 John Whiting Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe First award); Nightingale and Chase (Royal Court Theatre, 2001); By Many Wounds (Hampstead Theatre, 1999); and Silver Whale Fish and Master of the House (BBC Radio Four). Solstice, the first in a trilogy of plays, was staged in 2005 by the RSC, who had already presented Midwinter in 2004; the last, Fall, was staged at the Traverse, Edinburgh, in 2008. The Wheel was staged at the Traverse Theatre by the National Theatre of Scotland and was joint winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2011. Zinnie Harris has received an Arts Foundation Fellowship for playwriting, and was Writer in Residence at the RSC, 2000-2001.