Zinnie Harris
Zinnie Harris

2017 Finalist

This Restless House

Synopsis: A new play in three parts inspired by Aeschylus’ Oresteia. This version of the ancient story puts the women more centre stage, looking again at Clytemnestra and Electra in particular and reframing the story from their point of view.

Cast Breakdown: 7 men, three women, 3 children. (parts double)


Play Service: Faber and Faber

Bio: Zinnie Harris is a playwright, screenwriter and theatre director. Her plays include This Restless House (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 2016), winner of Best New Play at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2016; How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court Theatre, 2015), winner of the Berwin Lee Award 2015; The Message and On the Watch (Tricycle Theatre, London, 2012), The Wheel (National Theatre of Scotland, 2011) joint winner of the 2011 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and a Fringe First, short-listed for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award; The Panel (Tricycle Theatre, London 2010); The Garden (Traverse Theatre, 2009); Fall (Traverse Theatre, 2008); Solstice (RSC, 2005); Midwinter (RSC, 2004) winner of an Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for playwriting, and short-listed for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award; Nightingale and Chase (Royal Court, 2001); and Further than the Furthest Thing (Royal National Theatre/Tron Theatre, 2000/1), which was winner of the Peggy Ramsay Playwriting Award, the John Whiting Award and a Fringe First award as well as being specially commended by the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and short-listed for the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright, By Many Wounds (Hampstead Theatre 1999) shortlisted for the Allied Domecq Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award. Adaptations include A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse, 2009) and Miss Julie (National Theatre of Scotland, 2006).

Zinnie has also written for television and radio, with two 90 minute dramas for Channel 4 called Born With Two Mothers and Richard is my Boyfriend and episodes for the BBC One Drama Series Spooks. She was lead writer on the series Partners in Crime for Endor / BBC 1 (broadcast in 2015), starring Jessica Raine and David Walliams and which was based on the Agatha Christie novels Tommy and Tuppence.

Zinnie is currently under commission to the Royal Court, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. She has been Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre since spring 2015.