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.  Currently Shelagh is writing original script MEADOW ROAD for ITV Studios, adapting Audrey Niffenegger‘s novel HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY for Monumental and developing original projects for Hillbilly and ITV Studios.  Other recent commissions include 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 most recently, eight series of the wry comedy HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? for Woman’s Hour.  Shelagh co-directed (with Max Roberts) her most recent play, HARRIET MARTINEAU DREAMS OF DANCING at Live Theatre in Newcastle, Nov-Dec 2016.

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 (2016).  She is also under commission to Hampstead Theatre for a new play.

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