The Clearing by Helen Edmundson
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The Clearing is set in seventeenth century Ireland, where Cromwell’s army are ethnically cleansing their way across the land in preparation for British settlement. Thousands of Irish citizens are executed, shipped to the West Indies or forced to relocate to the wilds of Connaught. The Clearing charts the story of a young couple from disparate backgrounds and depicts how their different upbringings affect their decisions when confronted with oppressive rule.
Helen Edmundson, is a British writer born in 1964. Edmundson founded the female agitprop group Red stockings in 1988, in which she worked as an Actor, Writer, and Director. Best known for her adaptations of literary classics for theatre, Edmundson wrote her historical drama The Clearing in 1993 which was first shown at The Bush Theatre, London where it was awarded the Time Out Theatre Award as well as being joint winner of the John Whiting Award.
Thursday 26th June - Wednesday 2nd July, 7.30pm
Matinee Friday 27th June, 1.00pm