Sunday October 21, 2018

sharman macdonald

playwright and novelist


Sharman Macdonald was born on 8 February, 1951 in Glasgow; she is a former actress and is now a successful playwright, screenwriter and novelist.

Educated at the University of Edinburgh, Sharman graduated in 1972 and moved to London where she acted with the 7:84 theatre company and at the Royal Court Theatre. While she was working as an actress, she wrote her first play, When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout, first performed at the Bush Theatre in 1984 before transferring to the West End. The play won Sharman the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Sharman's other plays include The Brave, commissioned by the Bush Theatre, When We Were Women, first performed at the Cottesloe Theatre; All Things Nice, commissioned by the English Stage Company and performed at the Royal Court Theatre; Shades at the Albery Theatre in the West End, The Winter Guest, which was commissioned and directed by Alan Rickman and performed at the Almeida; Sea Urchins at the Tron in Glasgow, After Juliet, a sequel to Romeo and Juliet dealing with Rosalind's story after the death of Juliet, commissioned by the Royal National Theatre for the BT National Connections Scheme for young people (in which Sharman's daughter, a young Keira Knightley starred). The Girl with Red Hair was a play commissioned by the Bush Theatre and premiered at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh in August 2005 before transferring to the Hampstead Theatre in London. Sharman's latest work is the play Broken Hallelujah.

Sharman is the author of two novels, The Beast (1986) and Night Night (1988), she wrote the BBC radio play, Sea Urchins and a further radio play, Gladly My Cross Eyed Bear, which was broadcast in 1999. Sharman also wrote the libretto to Hey Persephone!, performed at Aldeburgh and The Almeida with music by Deirdre Gribbin.  Sharman's screenplays include; Wild Flowers (1989) for Channel 4 Television, The Winter Guest,  which was made into a film, in 1997, directed by Alan Rickman and The Edge of Love (Originally titled The Best Time of Our Lives), inspired by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and featuring Sharman's daughter, Oscar-nominee Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys in the leading roles. The Edge of Love was the official selection at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Sharman is married to the actor Will Knightley and lives near Richmond in South-West London.