- Helen Edmundson
Helen Edmundson was born in Liverpool in 1964 and spent her childhood on the Wirral and in Chester. After studying drama at Manchester University, she gained wide acting, directing and devising experience with the female agit-prop company Red Stockings. Her first solo writing attempt, Ladies in the Lift, a musical comedy, was created specifically for the company in 1988. On leaving, she worked as an actress in various northwest theatres and on television. Her first play, Flying, was presented at the Royal National Theatre Studio in 1990. Her other work includes two short television films, One Day (BBC, 1991) and Stella (Channel 4, 1992); Anna Karenina (1992), her first adaptation for Shared Experience Theatre, which won several awards, including the Theatre Managers' Association Award for Best Touring Production; The Clearing (1993), first performed at The Bush Theatre, London, and joint winner of the John Whiting Award; The Mill on the Floss (1994), her widely acclaimed adaptation for Shared Experience Theatre, which won a Time Out Award; and War and Peace (1996), again for Shared Experience at the Royal National Theatre.