I have produced a radio drama series this year which is launching in Norwich and London over the next couple of months..!
TALKING TABOOS is a set of true-story monologues presented as a radio drama series.
They tackle the way silence feeds into society’s stigmas & anxieties and hope to initiate discussion about topics not openly talked about.
This first series of monologues cover addiction, alcoholism, grief, infertility and domestic abuse.
The dramas have been written from verbatim by Anthony Cule, Mark Finbow, Shey Hargreaves, Molly Naylor and Helen Vine. They have been performed by Maureen Beattie, Jonathan Harden, Ian Lavender, Roisin Rae and Helen Vine. They have been directed by Peter Beck and Fiona McAlpine.
Further information on the project can be found at: www.talkingtaboos.co.uk
The Seagull Rep’s debut tour of Hound of the Baskervilles was a big success!
Earlier this year I was commissioned to write a play for St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth on the theme of ‘People Power’ about local Suffragettes. It was super to see my work on stage!
I have been cast in the debut tour of the Seagull Rep’s Hound of the Baskervilles!
A mixed media, multi-rolling all female cast of three re-imagine this classic tale as only they can. The Seagull Rep’s Hound of The Baskervilles is a vibrant theatrical experience infused with elements of physical comedy, stand-up, dynamic movement and a sophisti-pop soundtrack.
More info here: https://www.keepersdaughter.com/hound-of-the-baskervilles
New summer shots with the talented Andi Sapey
I have just filmed a drama documentary with October Films
for the Discovery channel. Out November 2019!
I am delighted to announce that I was elected to join Equity’s Women’s Committee 2019 – 2021. I will be representing women in our industry alongside Kelly Burke, Rose Collis, Jennifer Greenwood, Maureen Hibbert, Rosie Hilal, Christina Nelson, Abiola Ogunbiyi and Jean Rogers.
This year’s theme for Open Heritage Days is ‘People Power’ and I’ll be writing a play on the women’s suffrage movement in Great Yarmouth.
Check out a recording of original song Party For One composed for the show ‘After the Blitz’
Music – Bill Vine
Words – Mark Finbow
Vocals – Helen Vine
The 1980’s synth pop infused New Romantic Theatre show ‘After the Blitz’ was a sell out! Norwich Arts Centre was transformed into the Blitz Club and our performance was followed by a DJ set by Visage’s Rusty Egan.
Here a couple of our band promo shots:
I shall be playing a Kim Wilde style ‘Blitz Kid’ in After The Blitz
@ Norwich Arts Centre this May..
After The Blitz is an aesthetically charged piece of New Romantic Theatre that celebrates the passion of youth, the power of change and the durability of Max Factor. Featuring bold make-up, catchy synth-pop and your mother’s blouse After the Blitz will transport you back to 1980s New Romantic clubland.
Pinch. Punch. 1st day of da month x
Found a peaceful spot in The Wallow to work on a project I am producing this year. Lots to do but I’m very excited to get it off the ground. I have a fantastic team of creatives on board.. more info to follow!
It was an inspiring and insightful event, and I felt empowered and honoured to be a part of it. It demonstrated how far we’ve come but also how far we still have to go to reach a healthy industry and society.
The speech I wrote for this event, outlining my perspective and experiences, has been published on Equity’s website here.
I’m going to be on an episode of Radio 1’s Life Hacks Podcast
The BBC documentary I filmed last year aired on BBC1 and is available here on BBC iPlayer. I worked with producer John O’Kane and journalist/ presenter Ben Zand on this social documentary opening up the conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace.
The short film I featured in – Roadside Oddities – has been selected for a number of festivals in its first month of release!
* Happy New Year! *
I have a new promo video from my commercial agent Sandra Reynolds
Take a look!
‘A Christmas Carol’ was a big success with sell-out audiences and great reviews!
“In the packed upstairs tea-room, with its exposed wooden beams and quirky boho-chic interior, the double act of Finbow and Vine engage at close quarters with the audience, commanding their undivided attention throughout.”
“Helen Vine is a wizard at accents and characterisation, playing multiple roles with ease.”
“SO interesting, so immersive with the actors bringing the children (and the adults) into the tale and SO imaginative. Lots of quirks and laughs and very clever performances make this a brilliant watch for all ages”
And here it is! – sci-fi short film ‘Roadside Oddities’
Produced by Mark Finbow
Made with Trett Films
MORE CASTING NEWS! – I will be playing Aria in ‘Eridanus’ – a 3D Audio Movie that places the listener firmly in the centre of the narrative. It is a highly immersive experience, a combination of cinema, audiobook, radio drama and sound installation.
This December I will be performing in an original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian festive tale ‘A Christmas Carol’ with the Keeper’s Daughter Theatre Company. We have a residency at the iconic vintage Biddy’s Tearooms and will be the first company to perform at this venue! We will also be touring the show at selected venues.
BOOK TICKETS HERE! https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/biddysxmascarol
CASTING ANNOUNCMENT! Scottish Writer, Director and TV Presenter Dawn O’ Porter has cast me in her audiobooks of ‘Paper Aeroplanes’ and ‘Goose’ in the role of Renee. A tale of an intense female friendship loosely inspired by her own childhood in Guernsey.
I’m currently working on these titles:
The tour of ‘Suffragette’ has finished but I continue to play one! I am involved in a re-enactment of Suffragette Miriam Pratt’s trial in a site specific performance – an Edwardian Courtroom.. more big hats and political rants!
Had a brilliant time on Saturday performing with the cast of ‘Suffragette’ at this wonderful venue The Cut. Catch us at The Fisher Theatre and Gorleston Pavillion this week! Last chance to see this debut show exploring the Suffragist and Suffragette movements through physical theatre, cabaret and verbatim accounts.
I recently completed filming as part of a documentary produced and directed by John O’Kane for the BBC. More details and release date to follow!
I have just recorded P.G Bell’s brilliant fantasy adventure ‘The Train to Impossible Places’ published by Usborne.
You can catch ‘The Little Cabaret of Suffragette’ at the following theatres in the last leg of its tour:
5th Oct – Beccles Public Hall & Theatre
6th Oct – The Cut, Halesworth
11th Oct – Fisher Theatre, Bungay
12th Oct – Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston
I have just been cast as Suffragist Millicent Fawcett (plus ensemble) in ‘The Little Cabaret of Suffragette’ on tour September/October 2018!
I’m entering the world of audio books working with two brilliant publishers, Orion Books and WF Howes.
I’m playing the female lead, Grace, in Megan DeVos’ “Anarchy” 4 book series, which has had over 30 million readers worldwide and been described as “The Hunger Games meets The Road” by MTV.
I’ve just completed narrating Judith Kinghorn’s “The Echo of Twilight“.
Kinghorn carefully weaves the story of love and self-discovery into the solemn tapestry of war, loss, and mental instability – Publishers Weekly
I am pleased to announce that I am now being commercially represented by Sandra Reynolds.
The Time’s Up movement and #metoo campaign have rightly been in the news a lot over the past few months, and hopefully we’re now on our way to eliminating the sorts of attitudes and behaviours that made both of these necessary to make our industry a safe place to work. I myself have undergone significant sexual harassment and bullying in the recent past, and was fortunate to have had the support and backing of our actors’ union, Equity, throughout. Following my experiences they approached me to be interviewed for their quarterly magazine, which I agreed to and which was published last week. I would urge any actors who are not yet a member to join, and you can read my story here.
Hound of the Baskervilles was a great success – always a good sign when Non-Theatre-Goers don’t want the show to end!
Here’s a shot of the stage during our tech and our promo… Watch this space for a comeback tour!
Rehearsals for Hound of the Baskervilles are in full swing and entering the final stages before our sharing of the outcomes of the R+D this coming Wednesday. We’ve explored a lot of different avenues to get to where we are, and it promises to be a unique and comic interpretation of this classic tale.
Tickets to this initial sharing are free and there are still a few left but booking is recommended, so please head over to the Seagull Theatre website and I’ll look forward to seeing you there.
Here’s a photo of me from rehearsals a couple of weeks ago to give you an advance flavour of the show.
A belated Happy Easter!
A lot of exciting things have been going on recently, so I’ve had a bit less time to update the website, but here we go…
I’m very fortunate to have been cast in a brand new adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound Of The Baskervilles’ with The Seagull Rep Company. It’s going to be an all female 3 hander and we’re entering into the R+D phase of the production next week. Directed by Mark Finbow I’ll be performing alongside Charlotte McGuinness and Madeleine MacMahon. The sharing performance will be at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft at 19:45 on the 2nd of May.
I’m also excited to finally be able to announce that last year I was cast to perform Voice Over duties on the new MGM/Warner Bros. film Tomb Raider directed by Roar Uthaug! Amongst other scenes, you can hear me right at the beginning of the movie as I am the voice of the boxer that Lara Croft is sparring with!
And last but not least, my latest commercial is now out. Shot with the always brilliant Ember Films for Adnams Brewery in Southwold in a Wes Anderson style, you can watch below for me pumping iron in a gym…
They say that life is about new experiences…
I spent this weekend just gone shooting a commercial in Bude, North Cornwall with the very talented and lovely IMMIX Media for Lay-Z-Spa Hot Tubs. What no-one had reckoned on was, of course, the snow! In spite of the weather we managed to get everything done and escaped back to Norwich at the end of the shoot (although it did take us 10 hours!). I’m looking forward to seeing the magic they work to turn the winter conditions into summer for the finished advert. It was great to work with IMMIX, and the other actors on the shoot, Carina Birrell and Gareth Leighton, who I hope to work with again soon.
Happy International Women’s Day!
This year’s theme is #PressforProgress, and in celebration of this I have recorded a version of Hollie McNish’s fantastic “Pink & Blue” poem. You can hear it below.
As we continue to fight for gender parity remember those who have come before and think of those who will come after. This year seems all the more important given the revelations revealed over the past months in our industry and the magnificent efforts of the Time’s Up movement. If something has happened to you, or you have witnessed something untoward, please do speak up and remember that you are supported.
Today I have been shooting a short science fiction film, ‘The Librarian’, written and directed by Samuel Hiorns. It had a very 1970s feel to it, with a THX 1138 / Silent Runnings vibe. Here’s a picture from the shoot, and I hope to be able to share the finished film with you soon.