Helen Edmundson's play Mother Teresa is Dead explores the thorny issue of Western guilt towards the Third World. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 20 June 2002 – the first original play of Edmundson’s to be staged in since The Clearing in 1993.
Mark arrives in a village near Madras to try and find his wife, Jane. He doesn't understand what could have driven her to abandon their young son. India is hot, dusty and poor, and a long way from their comfortable life in London. But Jane can't explain why she needed to escape or how she ended up looking after children in India – or what is in the white plastic bag she’s been holding on to since she got there.
The Royal Court production was directed by Simon Usher and designed by Anthony Lamble. The cast was Diana Quick, John Marquez, Harry Dillon and Maxine Peake.