Zinnie Harris’ production of Caryl Churchill’s 2002 play, a number, opened on April 6th. Writing in the Herald, Neil Cooper stated that “in Harris’s hands, [the play] becomes an intense psycho-drama, which focuses on the play’s inherent plea for humanity in a tug of war between genetics and parental influence”.
In February, Zinnie was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn playwriting prize for This Restless House, which premiered at Citizens, Glasgow, in 2016. Mark Fisher, writing in the Guardian, called this four-hour re-working of The Oresteia “a production of depth, ambition and creepy power”.
This Restless House will be revived for the Edinburgh Festival this summer, along with two of Zinnie’s new works, a version of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros and Meet Me at Dawn, a fable inspired by the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. As the New York Times notes (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/theater/edinburgh-international-festival-zinnie-harris-ayckbourn.html?_r=0), for one playwright to have three productions at the festival is highly unusual. Fergus Linehan, the festival’s director, remarks that “there’s something in her plays about the fragility of civilizations. Things are always on the verge of collapse, which seems right for this moment in time.”