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by Harriet Madeley

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'Director Madelaine Moore and writer Harriet Madeley, have done a fantastic job'  - Reviews Hub

'tells the story of a real woman in a beautiful way' - Salford Now

'unlike any other play I’d seen' - The Mancunion

'one of the most thought-provoking pieces of theatre I have ever seen' Quest Media Network


Developed over a year in R&D with award-winning verbatim company, Crowded Room, EDITH is an electrifying recreation of the trial that split the nation. The development of the play also included  workshops with women at HMP Styal,

In December 1922, 28 year-old Edith Thompson was put on trial for inciting her husband’s murder.
Just two months earlier, 20 year-old Frederick Bywaters had stabbed him as he walked home.
The prosecution claim Edith told him to do it. The evidence? Her love letters.

Twelve members of the British public would decide if she lived or died.

Their guilty verdict inspired a petition signed by a million people.

100 years later, using the real court transcripts, this new play re-examines the sensational case of one of the last women to be executed in the UK.

According to her biographer Laura Thompson, Edith “never stood a chance” in front of a 1922 jury. But 100 years on, do we see her differently?


Creative team

Writter: Harriet Madeley

Director: Madelaine Moore

Producer: Danica Corns for Crowded Room

Sound design: Russell Ditchfield

Sound associate: Bella Kear

Set & costume design: Sascha Gilmour

Video & lighting design: Luca Panetta

DoP: James Ian Gray

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