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Swallows and Amazons – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adapted by: Helen Edmundson Composer: Neil Hannon Co-Directors: Damian Cruden, John R. Wilkinson Designer: Katie Sykes Musical Director: Kieran Buckeridge Reviewer: Ron Simpson Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel, published in 1930, presents three major problems in stage adaptation and performance. Much of the action involves careering about in small boats; the main characters are all children, the youngest ...

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Swallows and Amazons – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adapter: Helen Edmundson Composer: Neil Hannon Co-Directors:  Damian Cruden, John R. Wilkinson Designer: Katie Sykes Musical Director: Kieran Buckeridge Reviewer: Ron Simpson Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel, published in 1930, presents three major problems in stage adaptation and performance. Much of the action involves careering about in small boats; the main characters are all children, the youngest ...

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Small Island – National Theatre, London

Writer: Helen Edmundson Direction: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Maryam Philpott With further indignities heaped on the Windrush generation on the very day that The National Theatre’s new production of Small Island faced the press, this adaptation of the late Andrea Levy’s 2004 multi-award-winning novel couldn’t be more timely. With uncertainty over their UK status still unresolved, Helen Edmundson’s adaptation, directed by Rufus ...

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Queen Anne – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Fascination with monarchy and the frailties and frivolities of the ruling classes has never really gone out of fashion with the public. Watching a work such as Helen Edmundson’s Queen Anne reinforces the fact that politics, both high and low, has always been, to some degree, crude, rude, unseemly and scrappy. ...

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The Heresy of Love – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

  Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: John Dove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The 16th and 17th centuries were a period full of crisis and schism for the Christian church as the primacy of the Pope was questioned by monarchs seeking absolute power in their own realms. But this was more than a philosophical divide; it would cost countless lives and even ...

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The Heresy of Love – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Jenny Stephens Reviewer: Kris Hallett As we approach International Women’s Day, it has been refreshing to see Bristol Old Vic Theatre School put women centre stage during their Spring term. After a stand out Portia during Merchant of Venice, Helen Edmundson’s 2012 play explores another spirited woman, Juana Inésde la Cruz – poet, playwright, darling of ...

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NEWS: Kendal, Piggot-Smith & Steadman helm Theatre Royal Bath’s new season

The Theatre Royal Bath is delighted to announce its 2014 Summer Season, comprising four productions and starring Clare Higgins, Tim Pigott-Smith, Alison Steadman and Felicity Kendal. Beginning on 18th June with Edward Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, the season continues with KAFKA’S DICK by Alan Bennett, followed by THERESE RAQUIN by Emile Zola, and concludes on 6th September with ...

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Mary Shelley – Tricycle Theatre, London

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Polly Teale Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating:4.5] Helen Edmundson’s play succeeds where George Bernard Shaw so often failed by presenting important social ideas in a convincing dramatic framework. Her eloquent play explores a period in the life of Mary Shelley, author of ‘Frankenstein, from the first meeting with Romantic poet Percy Shelley to the near-completion of her ...

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