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The Girl in the Yellow Dress

The Girl in the Yellow Dress

Craig Higginson

Oberon Books

“This gripping two-hander is a highlight of the Traverse program. Higginson packs a lot in under the seemingly innocuous guise of a young English woman giving language lessons to a French-Congolese student in contemporary Paris” –Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

“Higginson is clearly gifted. He not only filters pressing concerns about race, prejudice and power through a highly charged two-hander, but he wraps it all up in a witty discourse about language itself.” Daily Telegraph


South African writer Craig Higginson’s powerful new play is a dark, witty and sexually-charged psychological drama told through the eyes of a beautiful English teacher and her French-Congolese pupil. A ‘state of the nation’ exploration of the tensions between the first and third worlds the play explores issues around language, power, identity, sex, past trauma, class, exile and refugees.

An exciting new co-production from the internationally-renowned Market Theatre from South Africa and two of the UK’s most prestigious theatre companies.


Craig Higginson is a playwright, novelist and theatre director. His plays include Dream of the Dog (which transferred to the Trafalgar Studios on the West End), The Girl in the Yellow Dress (on at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh 2010), The Jungle Book and Little Foot (commissioned by the National Theatre for the 2012 Connections Festival). Craig has won several awards in South Africa and the United Kingdom, including a Sony Gold Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First and a Naledi Award. His plays are represented by PFD.

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