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A journalist is accused of molesting his stepdaughter in this powerful drama starring Ed Stoppard and Lia Williams, and introducing Lucy Cook as Helen.

Following his divorce, David lives alone with his twelve year-old daughter Helen. Clara, Helen's mother, has remarried Tom, a successful journalist. Helen sees them at weekends and for holidays. When Helen, seemingly out of the blue, makes a shocking and violent accusation against Tom, claiming he's molested her, it has devastating results for everyone involved.

Helen is a powerful, contemporary drama about a family torn apart by anger, weakness and resentment. The play explores the damage we so easily do to those we love. Is Helen telling the truth? And if she isn't, can the damage ever be repaired?

Starring Ed Stoppard and Lia Williams, and introducing Lucy Cook as Helen.

HELEN

By Virginia Gilbert

Producer/director: David Ian Neville.

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Don Taylor's translation of the savage tragicomedy by Euripides about a war in the Middle East fought for the flimsiest of reasons.

The Trojan War is over and the Greek forces are making their way home. Meanwhile, in Egypt, Helen of Troy is protesting to anyone who will listen that she is innocent, that she never went to Troy, and the whole war was fought under false pretences. When her husband Menelaus is shipwrecked on the shore where Helen has been taking sanctuary, she not only has a lot of explaining to do, but also an escape to plan.

This story of a war in the Middle East fought over dubious claims now has contemporary resonance.

Frances Barber stars as Helen, James Purefoy as her husband, and Paul Ritter as King Theoclymenus.

Helen - Frances Barber

Menelaus - James Purefoy

Theoclymenus - Paul Ritter

Theonoe/Chorus - Anna Francolini

Concierge/Chorus - Catherine Russell

Slave/Chorus - Laura Rees

Teucer - Gus Brown

Sailor/Messenger - Richard Galazka

Heavenly Twins - Max Digby

Music composed and performed by Derek Bourgeois

Adapted and Directed by Ellen Dryden

An independent production by First Writes Radio.

The Trojan War is over and the Greek forces are making their way home.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, Helen of Troy is protesting to anyone who will listen that she is innocent, that she never went to Troy, and the whole war was fought under false pretences.

When her husband Menelaus is shipwrecked on the shore where Helen has been taking sanctuary, she not only has a lot of explaining to do, but also an escape to plan.

Don Taylor's translation of Euripides's tragicomedy.

With Frances Barber.