Video: Further Than The Furthest Thing

Our new stage reading. Further Than The Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris.

Original music composed by Trevor Ferdy

by Zinnie Harris

A rehearsed reading of the multi award-winning play by multi award-winning Playwright Zinnie Harris

First presented in a co-production between the Tron Theatre, Glasgow and the Royal National Theatre at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on 6 August 2000.

6th and 7th March 2020 at Sprechwerk Theater, Klaus Groth Str. 23, Hamburg (UBahn/SBahn Berliner Tor)

Tickets available now : (no additional booking fee)

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„Zinnie Harris’s award-winning play ensnared imaginations at last year’s Edinburgh Festival and most recently at the National Theatre, portraying a placid island community dealing with the explosion of a volcano, capitalist corruption, and Cold War politics in its midst.“

London Evening Standard 


  • Mill: Valerie Doyle
  • Bill: Mark Lyndon
  • Francis: Steven Montero
  • Rebecca: Cecelia Jabarine-Marshall
  • Mr Hansen: Jason Couch
  • Narrated by Julie Spanswick
  • Directed by Jason Couch
  • Costumes by Martin Scheibe
  • Music composed by Trevor Ferdy

Tristan da Cunha. 1961. The most remote inhabited island in the world. A volcano erupts and the islanders are evacuated to Southampton, England until it is safe to return. The islanders are pulled from their primitive life into industrial capitalism overnight.
And due to political and economic manipulation, their return might be more difficult than they could ever imagine.

Further Than The Furthest Thing is a beautiful story set against the backdrop of the real evacuation of the island in October 1961. 

Tristan da Cunha. 1961. Die abgelegenste bewohnte Insel der Welt. Nach einem Vulkanausbrauch werden die Insulaner nach Southampton, England evakuiert. Von heute auf morgen werden Sie von ihrer primitiven Existenz herausgezogen und in den industriellen Kapitalismus katapultiert. Und wegen politischer und wirtschaftlicher Manipulation wird ihre Rückkehr schwieriger sein, als sie sich jemals vorstellen konnten.
Further Than The Furthest Thing ist eine wunderbare Geschichte, erzählt während der wahren Ereignisse, die im Oktober 1961 stattfanden.

„In her remarkable play Harris does not romanticise a way of life that is harsh and unforgiving but, in the abrupt shift of location between her two acts, she captures a yearning sense of what we have sacrificed (community, belonging, landscape) in the name of progress.“ The Guardian, UK


About Zinnie Harris
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.

Author: Couch Theatre

An English and German-language theatre production company in Hamburg, Germany specializing in readings and stage readings / Eine Theaterproduktionsfirma in Hamburg, die sich auf Lesungen und szenische Lesungen in englischer und deutscher Sprache spezialisiert.

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