Helen Edmundson is a British playwright and screenwriter who has worked extensively with the touring theatre company, Shared Experience. Born in Liverpool, she studied drama at the University of Manchester. She began her acting career in the north-west of England, before turning her hand to writing. Her first play, Flying, was produced at the National Theatre Studio in 1990. Subsequent plays include The Clearing (Bush Theatre, 1993), Mother Teresa is Dead (Royal Court, 2006), Mary Shelley (Shared Experience UK Tour, 2012), and The Heresy of Love (RSC, 2012).
She has also adapted several novels for the stage. Her adaptations include Thérèse Raquin (Theatre Royal Bath, 2014), Mephisto, (Altonaer Theatre, Hamburg, 2013), Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic, 2010), Life is a Dream (Donmar Warehouse, 2009), Coram Boy (National Theatre, 2005), and Anna Karenina (Shared Experience, 1992). In 2019, she adapted Andrea Levy's Small Island for the National Theatre.
Helen Edmundson has also written extensively for television and radio, including a feature-length adaptation of An Inspector Calls, which won the 2016 Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Single Drama and was nominated for two British Academy Television Craft Awards
More about Helen Edmundson