HELEN – SPRING 2016
An ageing icon's gilded life is overturned when her dictator husband is killed in a coup. A powerful contemporary take on the myth of Helen of Troy, with a strong physical/aerial dimension. "A passionate and intense piece of physical theatre...thought-provoking and powerful" British Theatre Guide.
First developed as a research and development project with the support of an Arts Council GFTA award in 2014 Helen was re-developed and performed at Brighton Fringe.
"Helen is an inspired piece of theatre meticulously presented", ★★★★ The Argus.
"Astonishing and unforgettable...this is highly, highly recommended production", Fringe Review.
Working alongside our original collaborative team, including Jonathan Young (Director), Justin Murray (Assistant Director) Matt Eaton (Composer), Dora Schweitzer, (Designer) Jami Reed-Quarrell (Aerial Choreographer), Ric Mountjoy (Lighting Designer) and George Mann (Outside Eye) and introducing Tyler Fayose as the guard, the production received excellent reviews (see below).
Helen previewed at Sweet St Andrews from 16-19th May as part of Brighton Fringe, further to a short tour from 9th - 13th May.
10th & 11th - Forum Theatre Malvern 7.45pm
12th & 13th - Bridge House Theatre, Warwick School 7.30pm
16th & 19th - Sweet St Andrews, Hove 6pm (1.30pm avaliable for 19th)
17th & 18th - Sweet St Andrews, Hove 1.30pm & 7.30pm
To download a technical ryder for the show please click here.
Reviews for Helen:
"Aerial choreographer Jami Reid-Quarrell should be applauded for his spellbinding choreography, in particular, the sensual partner work using the silks makes for some sublime images...an intensely harrowing and refreshingly unique take on the legend of Helen of Troy." Reviews Hub (Brighton Fringe)
“a passionate and intense piece of physical theatre, Helen is thought-provoking, powerful and makes you question so many of our current values.” British Theatre Guide
“Shasha and director Jonathan Young’s script has an urgency that eluded Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus.” York Press
“A fantastic aesthetic quality to the piece… haunting… gripping… Helen is a visual treat… well worth checking out.” A Younger Theatre
”Wonderfully complex….and compelling.” Reviews Hub (Lowry Salford)
"Helen is a rollercoaster ride of emotion and a fantastic adaptation of a story millenia old." Salford Online ★★★★★
Thanks to all those who collaborated with us on the initial stage of this project and in particular to our 2 co-commissioners: The Castle in Wellingborough and Harlow Playhouse, without whom this project would not have reached fruition.