BiographyHELEN EDMUNDSON (Playwright). Helen’s adaptation of Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin was first produced by Bath Theatre Royal in summer 2014 and subsequently toured. Her plays include The Clearing, first staged at The Bush Theatre; Mother Teresa is Dead at The Royal Court; Mary Shelley, first staged by Shared Experience at The Tricycle and on tour; and The Heresy of Love at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other work includes: Coram Boy at The National Theatre and on Broadway; Zorro at The Garrick Theatre and on tour; and a new version of Calderon’s Life is a Dream at The Donmar Warehouse. Her musical adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, written with composer Neil Hannen, was first staged at Bristol Old Vic in 2010, before moving to The Vaudeville Theatre in 2011 and beginning a national tour. It will be revived at Bristol Old Vic for Christmas 2014. She has written a number of adaptations for Shared Experience Theatre: Anna Karenina and Mill on the Floss, which toured nationally and internationally; Gone to Earth; Orestes; and War and Peace, first staged at The National Theatre. Helen has recently completed a screenplay for SeeSaw films and her episodes of the Hat Trick television drama “The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher” were seen on ITV this autumn. She is currently at work on a new play for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and on a screen version of An Inspector Calls for BBC television. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a John Whiting Award for The Clearing, a TMA Award for Anna Karenina and Time Out Awards for Mill on the Floss and Coram Boy. She is an Associate Artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company and at Bristol Old Vic. Her radio credits include: Sense and Sensibility, Anna of the Five Towns, The Mayor of Casterbridge and The Voyage Out, all for BBC Radio 4.