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
About the Author
Helen Edmundson is the winner of The John Whiting Award for her play The Clearing and has written numerous adaptations and original pieces for the stage. These include Anna Karenina , The Mill on the Floss and War and Peace for the hugely successful touring theatre company, Shared Experience. She is the award-winning author of Coram Boy , seen in two consecutive seasons at the National Theatre, and received unanimous acclaim for her adaptation of Calderón de la Barca’s Life is a Dream at the world famous Donmar Theatre. Her adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons received five star reviews at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End in 2011 and embarks on a nationwide tour in 2012.