Helen Edmundson’s first play, Flying, was presented at the National Theatre Studio in 1990. She first came to notice with her adaptation of Anna Karenina for Shared Experience Theatre, for whom she also adapted Mill on the Floss in 1994. Both won awards – the Theatre Managers’ Association and the Time Out Awards respectively – and both productions were twice revived and extensively toured.
Her second play, The Clearing was first staged at The Bush Theatre in 1993, winning John Whiting and Time Out Awards, and was revived and toured by Shared Experience Theatre, who also staged her adaptation of War and Peace at The National Theatre in 1996. More recently, her play Mother Teresa is Dead was premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2002, and her adaptation of Gone to Earth was produced by Shared Experience Theatre in 2004, receiving a nomination for a Theatre Managers’ Association Award.
Her work has been translated and performed in countries as diverse as Japan, Finland and the U.S.A. Helen is currently working on a new play about Pontius Pilate for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and on the screenplay of her play The Clearing. She lives in West London with her actor husband and their two children.