Helen Edmundson

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Helen Edmundson is an award-winning British playwright who has worked extensively with touring theatre company Shared Experience.

Her original plays include Flying  (National Theatre Studio, 1990); The Clearing (Bush Theatre, 1993 and winner of the John Whiting and Time Out Awards); Mother Teresa is Dead (Royal Court, 2006); Mary Shelley  (Shared Experience UK Tour, 2012) and The Heresy of Love (RSC, 2012).

Her theatre adaptations include Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin (Theatre Royal Bath, 2014); Mephisto, from the novel by Klaus Mann (Altonaer Theatre, Hamburg, 2013); the book for the musical Swallows and Amazons, based on the novel by Arthur Ransome (Bristol Old Vic, 2010, Vaudeville Theatre, 2011, UK Tour, 2012 and nominated for the Ned Sherrin Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical); Life is a Dream from the play by Pedro Calderón (Donmar Warehouse, 2009) and Coram Boy, from the novel by Jamila Gavin (National Theatre, 2005, Imperial Theatre, New York, 2007 and winner of a Time Out Award). In 1992, she adapted Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina for Shared Experience, for whom she also adapted The Mill on the Floss in 1994. Both won awards – the TMA and the Time Out Awards respectively – and both productions were twice revived and extensively toured. Shared Experience have also staged her original adaptation of War and Peace at the National Theatre in 2006, and toured her adaptation of Mary Webb’s Gone to Earth in 2004, Euripides’ Orestes in 2006, and the new two-part version of War and Peace in 2008.