Genesis Fellow Jennifer Tang Directs ‘Further than the Furthest Thing’ and Applications Open for 2023 Genesis Fellowship

3 November 2022

A side profile of a person’s face which has a blue overlay against a white background. Inside the blue face is a person in a rowing boat, on a body of misty water, and a mountain in the distance. In the top right corner of the image is the text 'Further than the furthest thing' in capitals and the same shade of blue.

Image: Emilie Chen 

  • Zinnie Harris’ award-winning modern classic, based on real events on the island of Tristan da Cunha, in a visionary revival by Genesis Fellow and Young Vic Associate Director Jennifer Tang, exploring themes of capitalism, colonialism and the climate emergency 
  • Further than the Furthest Thing runs in the Young Vic Main House from 9 March to 29 April, with opening night on 16 March 
  • Tickets on priority sale today and on general sale from 14 November via  
  • Applications open today for the 2023 Genesis Fellow/Associate Director, a two-year programme for experienced directors and theatremakers to develop their craft in directing, programming and artistic planning, made possible with support from the Genesis Foundation. Further details via

Surprise is as come from the H‘outside world” 

The Young Vic Theatre today announces a new production of Further than the Furthest Thing, the award-winning play and haunting modern classic by Zinnie Harris (This Restless House, 101 Dalmatians, How To Hold Your Breath), directed by Young Vic Associate Director and Genesis Fellow Jennifer Tang (AI, Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok). It marks the first major London staging in more than 10 years, and will run in the Young Vic Main House from 9 March to 14 April with opening night for press on 16 March

Further than the Furthest Thing premiered in 2000, co-produced by the National Theatre and The Tron Glasgow, and won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, Peggy Ramsay Award and John Whiting Award and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Based on real events on the island of Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, Director Jennifer Tang’s new, visionary interpretation will explore the text through a modern lens of capitalism, colonialism and the climate emergency, as the story follows a community haunted by its past and under threat from a modern world in crisis. 

On a remote volcanic island in the middle of the Atlantic, the islanders of Tristan da Cunha have lived undisturbed for centuries, defying the swirling currents of modernity. Cut off and exposed to the elements, their survival has created a complex bind with their land. But when one of the inhabitants brings an outsider to the island, their way of life is changed forever. 

Following her ground-breaking production AI in 2021, Further than the Furthest Thing will be the final production from Jennifer Tang in her role as Genesis Fellow / Associate Director at the Young Vic. 

Director Jennifer Tang said: It’s a complete privilege to direct this stunning play for the Young Vic, and to be collaborating with such a brilliant team to bring it to life. The play is beautiful, lyrical and vividly evokes a community that feels both far away and familiar. Although written over 20 years ago, its message about how our choices impact people and our planet feels more urgent than ever. Zinnie’s extraordinary play is both intimate and epic, local and global – it asks us to think about our notion of home, our sense of belonging, and how far we will go in pursuit of our values. I’m just so excited to share it with audiences in the Spring, along with the work of all the brilliant artists involved. 

“Directing this play brings my Genesis Fellow and Associate Directorship at the Young Vic to a close. The past couple of years have been a real adventure, where I have been able to become part of the rich ecology of an incomparable theatre and arts organization creating an artistically ambitious and exceptional programme of work. The ways in which this Fellowship has allowed me to develop as an artist are wide-ranging and deep-seated and I am incredibly grateful to the Genesis Foundation and all at the Young Vic for this opportunity. I’m sad to be leaving but happy to be saying farewell through this gift of a production.” 

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Young Vic Artistic Director, said: “Jen is an exceptional multi-disciplinary artist who has made vital contributions to the Young Vic. From her production of AI, which embraced cutting-edge technology to driving innovative exploratory practices for artists and audiences, she continues to push boundaries and demonstrate her potential as an artistic director of the future. I’m excited to see her interpretation of Zinnie Harris’ Further Than the Furthest Thing in what promises to be a thrilling and compellingly relevant new production that highlights the threat of the climate emergency. It has been a pleasure to be a part of Jen’s journey as Genesis Fellow/Associate Director, she will be missed in the Young Vic team, but no doubt has a burgeoning career ahead.” 

The creative team is completed by Designer Soutra Gilmour, Lighting Designer Prema Mehta, Sound Designer George Dennis, Composer Ruth Chan, Video Designer Nina Dunn, Movement Director Ingrid Mackinnon, Voice and Dialect Coach Emma Woodvine, Illusions Designer John Bulleid, and Casting Director Charlotte Sutton.  

Full casting will be announced in due course. 

Applications for the 2023 Genesis Fellowship/Associate Director are now open until 12pm on 6 December. The Genesis Fellow/Associate Director will be based within the Creators Program department and plays an integral role in the development and delivery of the Young Vic’s artist development program. 

The Young Vic’s longstanding partner, the Genesis Foundation, has provided leadership support for the Genesis Fellow for over ten years investing in exceptional directors, their strategic insight and creative growth. Previous Genesis Fellows include Nadia Latif, Gbolahan Obisesan, Natalie Abrahami, Carrie Cracknell and Joe Hill-Gibbins.  

John Studzinski CBE, Founder & Chairman, Genesis Foundation, said: “The Genesis Fellowship is a cornerstone of our 20-year partnership with the Young Vic. It enables a significant gear-change in the career of a director: a unique opportunity for a theatre artist to grow and learn not only the craft of directing but also the skill of running a theatre, fostering collaboration and inspiring arts makers within a venue. The next Genesis Fellow, mentored by Kwame Kwei-Armah and the outstanding artistic team at the Young Vic, will join a cohort of talented Genesis directors, many of whom are now at the helm of theatre all around the UK. As Jennifer Tang’s successful tenure ends, we look forward to the recruitment of the next Genesis Fellow, in a role that is pivotal to the cultural ecology of this country.” 

The Young Vic is renowned for the Creators Program, that grew from the Directors Program, and has been providing an extensive program of learning activities, traineeships, and opportunities to make work for artists for more than 20 years. Since 2003, the Genesis Foundation’s partnership has been the back bone of artist development at the Young Vic – forging community through the Genesis Network, and igniting careers through invaluable training opportunities such as the Genesis Future Directors Award and Genesis Fellowship. 

The Genesis Fellow/Associate Director will initiate and run projects, provide mentorship for Genesis Future Directors Awards, facilitate discussions, and lead on exploration of new ideas and ways of working. There will also be an opportunity to direct a show at the Young Vic during the tenure of the Fellowship in one of the theatre’s three spaces.  

Find out more about how to apply on the Young Vic website.