• Anglais Mary Shelley

    Edmundson Helen

    Mary Shelley: daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft; lover of Shelley; author of Frankenstein… Helen Edmundson's compelling play explores a crucial episode in the early life of Mary Shelley – her meeting and scandalous elopement aged sixteen with Percy Bysshe Shelley, and its consequences for her sisters, her stepmother and above all, her troubled father, the political philosopher William Godwin. 'Gripping... without ever reducing Mary Shelley to an issue drama, Edmundson suggests the destructive nature of a life lived without compromise' The Times

  • A powerful play about the effects of Oliver Cromwell's military campaign in Ireland - a ruthless conquest whose folk memories still sit uncomfortably in the Irish psyche. Winner of the John Whiting Award for Drama In the 17th century Cromwell moved English troops into a war-weary Ireland, forcing the local inhabitants onto barren land as the English gentry took over their homes. The cruelty of this racial persecution is brought into sharp focus through the tragic love of an Englishman for a local Irish woman. 'Does for 17th-century Anglo-Irish history what Arthur Miller did for 17th-century New England history' - Sunday Times 'A finely written play, full of sharp observation' - Independent on Sunday

  • An explosive retelling of the most savage and powerful of ancient myths - the story of avenging siblings, Electra and Orestes - premiered by Shared Experience Theatre Company. As children, Orestes and his sister, Electra, were sent far away, banished by their own mother. Years later, the city must vote to determine their future, as they stand trial for her murder. Some say the killing should be met with banishment and that the cycle of revenge must be stopped. Others want blood... Exploring the tragedy of human relationships set against the backdrop of war, Orestes is based on Euripides' Electra. 'crackles with dangerous energy' - Irish Independent 'at once timeless and as topical as tomorrow's headlines... slams straight into the viewer's head, heart and gut' - Telegraph 'Euripides was the most profound and disturbing psychologist of the three great Greeks; and Edmundson and (director) Meckler blend his cruel insights and classical grandeur with a masterful theatrical intelligence' - Sunday Times

  • In the late 1600s, in a convent in Mexico, a gifted and progressive writer finds herself at the centre of a deadly battle of ideas. Celebrated by the Court but silenced by the Church, she is betrayed by the very people she thought she could trust. Inspired by the extraordinary life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Helen Edmundson's The Heresy of Love is a powerful drama about a clash between organised religion and personal faith, full of intrigue and danger, ruthless ambitions and illicit desire. Premiered by the RSC in 2012, The Heresy of Love was revived in a new production at Shakespeare's Globe, London, in 2015. 'Superb... an instant classic' - Daily Mail 'The great quality of Edmundson's play is that it has the sweep, the intrigue, and the bold theatrical effects of the original Spanish Golden Age dramas... an unmistakable winner' - Daily Telegraph 'A bold and eloquent play that confronts titanic conflicts between church and state, faith and creativity, and male and female power-structures' - Guardian>

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