Nancy Harris

Nancy Harris is a playwright and screenwriter from Dublin who lives in London.

Theatre:  Nancy’s exciting new version of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Red Shoes will play at The Gate in Dublin from 23rd November – the first commission under The Gate’s new artistic director Selina Cartmell. 

Her first full-length stage commission No Romance opened at The Abbey’s Peacock Theatre in Dublin in February 2011 to rave reviews. ‘Harris’s writing is bracingly witty, alert and incisive’ – Irish Times. She was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2012 along with the Stewart Parker New Playwright Bursary 2012, and the play was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn award and Best New Drama at the Irish Theatre Awards 2012.

Our New Girl, her next full-length commission (by Josie Rourke) opened at The Bush Theatre’s new venue in January 2012 and the run was extended for two weeks following strong sales and great reviews. “An unsettling, engrossing psychological drama… [that] keeps you on tenterhooks” – The Guardian, **** Our New Girl was produced by the Atlantic Theater in New York in 2014.  New productions opened in Finland and Chicago in 2015.

Other theatre work includes Nancy’s free adaptation of Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata (The Gate Theatre, La Mama – New York) which last played at the Arcola in July 2016 starring Greg Hicks, her children’s play Philoctetes or The Man With The Disturbingly Smelly Foot (Unicorn Theatre, 2012) and Journey to X (National Theatre Connections 2012). Baddies The Musical with music by Marc Teitler opened at the Unicorn at the beginning of November 2015 and the Unicorn brought it back for Christmas 2016. The Bush Theatre commissioned short play One Cold Dark Night for their Uxbridge Road season, autumn 2016.

For television, Nancy wrote the last episode of The Secret Diary of a Call Girl for Tiger Aspect/ITV, two episodes of Dates for Balloon Entertainment/C4 featuring Sheridan Smith which earned her a BAFTA TV Breakthrough Talent Award nomination.  Other produced TV: Cuffs for Tiger Aspect/BBC1, Good Karma Hospital first series for Tiger Aspect/iTV and Troy for Kudos/BBC1. Nancy has written the first episode of original drama serial At Schull,  the first script for a series based on The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope for Element.  She is developing her own series The Dry for RTE with Element Pictures and an original series’ idea Retail for Balloon Entertainment.

Film: Nancy has written the first draft of her film adaptation of her play Our New Girl.  Her short film May Day for the Young Vic based on Happy Days featuring Juliet Stevenson was directed by Natalie Abrahami and can be viewed here.

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Nancy Harris is represented by Rochelle Stevens