Helen Edmundson, author
of The Clearing, founded
the female agitprop ensemble Red Stockings Theatre Company in 1988, in
which she worked as an actress, writer and director.
Her writing credits with
Red Stockings include Ladies in the Lift (Manchester Evening News
Theatre Award nomination), Running Gags, Breaking Rank, Oh Yes
We Can, and The Influence. She also worked as an actress in
various Northwest England theatres and on television, and was dramaturg
for the Northwest Playwrights workshop.
Her first play, Flying,
was presented at the Royal National Theatre Studio in 1990. Other work
include the two short television films One Day and Stella.
She has written three acclaimed stage adaptations for Shared Experience
Theatre: Anna Karenina (Time Out Award, Theatre Managerís Association
Award for Best Touring Production), The Mill on the Floss and War
and Peace, which was also staged at the National Theatre.
The Clearing won the
Time Out Theatre Award and was the joint winner of the John Whiting Award.
Anna Karenina appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave
festival in 1998.
Ms. Edmundson studied at
Manchester University, where she was also a part-time Tutor in Drama.