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Small Island

Written by

Andrea Levy

and

Helen Edmundson

Adapted by

Helen Edmundson

~playauthor~Written by~ Andrea Levy , Helen Edmundson ~playauthor~Adapted by~ Helen Edmundson

Nick Hern Books, 2019

NHB Modern Plays

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 19, Roles: Total (41), Female (14), Male (27), Unassigned (0)

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... the tangled history of Jamaica and Britain. Andrea Levy's epic novel Small Island, adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, journeys from Jamaica to Britain in 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. It premiered at the National Theatre, London, in April 2019, directed by Rufus Norris....

Gone to Earth  

Written by

Mary Webb

and

Helen Edmundson

Adapted by

Helen Edmundson

~playauthor~Written by~ Mary Webb , Helen Edmundson ~playauthor~Adapted by~ Helen Edmundson

Nick Hern Books, 2004

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 36, Roles: Total (12), Female (4), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...Helen Edmundson's stage adaptation of Mary Webb's 1917 novel Gone to Earth was first performed by Shared Experience Theatre Company at the Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton on 25 March 2004 and subsequently at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,...

Life is a Dream

Adapted by

Helen Edmundson

~playauthor~Written by~ Pedro Calderon De La Barca , Helen Edmundson ~playauthor~Adapted by~ Helen Edmundson

Nick Hern Books, 2009

NHB Classic Plays

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 39, Roles: Total (11), Female (2), Male (9), Unassigned (0)

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...Life is a Dream (La vida es sueño) is a masterpiece from the Spanish Golden Age by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600–81), exploring illusion, reality and fate against the backdrop of a mythical Polish kingdom. Helen Edmundson's version,...

The Heresy of Love

Written by

Helen Edmundson

~playauthor~Written by~ Helen Edmundson

Nick Hern Books, 2012

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 24, Roles: Total (12), Female (7), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Helen Edmundson's play The Heresy of Love is based on the extraordinary life of Sor (Sister) Juana Inés de la Cruz, a poet, nun and major literary figure of Mexico. The play was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and first...

Orestes: Blood and Light

Written by

Euripides

and

Helen Edmundson

From an original work by

Euripides

~playauthor~Written by~ Euripides , Helen Edmundson ~playauthor~From an original work by~ Euripides

Nick Hern Books, 2006

NHB Classic Plays

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Roles: Total (8), Female (3), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Helen Edmundson’s Orestes is a drama about avenging siblings, exploring the tragedy of human relationships set against the backdrop of war. It is based on Euripides’ Electra. Orestes was first performed by Shared Experience at the Yvonne...

The Clearing

Written by

Helen Edmundson

~playauthor~Written by~ Helen Edmundson

Nick Hern Books, 1994

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 23, Roles: Total (10), Female (3), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Helen Edmundson’s The Clearing is an original play about the effects of Oliver Cromwell’s military campaign in Ireland. It was first performed at the Bush Theatre, London, in November 1993. The play is set in Ireland...

Mary Shelley

Written by

Helen Edmundson

~playauthor~Written by~ Helen Edmundson

Nick Hern Books, 2012

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 37, Roles: Total (9), Female (7), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Helen Edmundson's Mary Shelley is a play that explores the extraordinary life of the author of Frankenstein. It was first performed in a co-production between Shared Experience, Nottingham Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse,...

Coram Boy

Written by

Helen Edmundson

~playauthor~Written by~ Helen Edmundson

Nick Hern Books, 2005

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 63, Roles: Total (21), Female (13), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...Helen Edmundson's stage adaptation of Jamila Gavin's Whitbread Award-winning children's novel, Coram Boy (published in 2000), is a Dickensian tale of philanthropy, foundling children, and families both divided and, ultimately, reunited....

Mother Teresa is Dead

Written by

Helen Edmundson

~playauthor~Written by~ Helen Edmundson

Nick Hern Books, 2002

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 8, Roles: Total (4), Female (2), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Helen Edmundson's play Mother Teresa is Dead explores the thorny issue of Western guilt towards the Third World. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 20 June 2002 – the first original play of Edmundson’s...

Pursuing a mutual objective

Helen Manfull

Helen Manfull is professor emerita in the School of Theatre at Penn State, member of the board of Centre Stage, actor, director, and author of several books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Taking Stage : Women Directors on Directing by Helen Manfull

Methuen Drama, 1999

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... came up in those dreams.’ Playwright/adapter, Helen Edmundson, watched the dream improvisations and incorporated many of the images into the play itselfAfter these improvisations, Meckler says, ‘I would be open to anything they [the actors]...