Shelagh Stephenson



TV credits include DOWNTON ABBEY and the production draft of ENID for Carnival/BBC, CASE SENSITIVE for Hat Trick/ITV, SHIRLEY for BBC2.  Shelagh’s crime series MURDER IN PROVENCE (adapted from the Verlaque & Bonnet series of books by M.L. Longworth), for Monumental Television/Britbox UK/Britbox North America films July 2021.  TV commissions include an adaptation of her own play ENLIGHTEMENT for Red Planet, original drama MEADOW ROAD for ITV Studios, adapting Audrey Niffenegger‘s novel HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY for Monumental, WITNESS A for World Prods, INSIDE OUT for Touchpaper TV and EXILES for WTTV/BBC.

Shelagh is also a prolific writer of radio drama including eleven series of the wry comedy HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? for Woman’s Hour.  Her crime drama BROKEN ENGLISH (Big Fish Productions) won Best Original Series in the BBC’s 2021 Audio Drama Awards.

Plays for the stage include: THE MEMORY OF WATER (1996) premiered at Hampstead Theatre, transferred to West End (won Olivier Award in 2000 for ‘Best New Comedy’); AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN AIR PUMP (1997) won the Peggy Ramsay Award and was produced at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and Hampstead Theatre; FIVE KINDS OF SILENCE Hammersmith Lyric (2000); ANCIENT LIGHTS Hampstead Theatre (2000); MAPPA MUNDI, Nat. Theatre (2002); ENLIGHTENMENT Abbey Theatre, Dublin (2005) and Hampstead Theatre 2010. Shelagh won the prestigious Sloan Commission Award in New York in 2003. In 2007 THE LONG ROAD played for two sell-out runs at Soho Theatre.  Currently under commission to write the third in her trilogy of ‘Cullercoats’ plays for Live Theatre.  The first two were A NORTHERN ODYSSEY, produced at Live Theatre in 2009 and HARRIET MARTINEAU DREAMS OF DANCING which Shelagh co-directed (with Max Roberts) at Live Theatre in Newcastle, Nov-Dec 2016.

BEFORE YOU GO, her feature adaptation of THE MEMORY OF WATER was filmed in 2001, directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Julie Walters.