Craig Higginson’s new play at the Market Theatre
The Girl with the Yellow Dress opened at the Market Theatre on 18th October and runs till 21st November. The play, written by Craig Higginson and directed by Malcolm Purkey, had sold-out seasons at both the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and the Traverse Theatre for the duration of the Edinburgh Festival. It then transferred to Live Theatre in Newcastle; the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow; and the Stockholms Stadsteater.
Dominic Cavendish writes in the UK Telegraph of the The Girl in the Yellow Dress:
Craig Higginson plays artfully on a simple premise: an attractive young French-Congolese man called Pierre visits the Parisian apartment of an equally appealing young Englishwoman called Celia. He wants to pay for weekly English lessons. She has, for personal reasons, quit well-to-do north London to make a new life for herself in France. Very swiftly in this chic, civilised, markedly “white” environment , … sexual flirtations and racial frictions start bubbling away before erupting into ugly recrimination when obsession climaxes in savage fulfilment. Higginson, who scored highly with Dream of the Dog at London’s Finborough Theatre recently, 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. Celia’s lessons, and the examples she uses, rely on personal disclosures. The boundaries between what is said and what is implied, between honest description and fantasy become blurry. Subject, object, active, passive… the laws and lingo of grammar appear to govern these two strangers. A contested usage becomes a battleground in a way that recalls the territorial cut-and-thrust negotiations of Brian Friel’s masterly translations.
Excellent theatre. Guests at Liz at Lancaster loves this production.