Helen

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2016021820160713 (R4)

Psychotherapist Susie Orbach explores the private relationship between therapist and patient. Each day we are given privileged access to Susie's consulting room, where she meets a variety of clients.

All of the clients are played by actors, but these are not scripted scenes. Each client profile has been carefully constructed by therapist Susie, director Ian Rickson (former artistic director at the Royal Court, and director of the highly acclaimed 'Jerusalem') and radio producer Kevin Dawson. The client profiles have been given to the actors who have learnt about their characters lives, backgrounds, and individual reason for seeking therapy. The scenes have then been improvised and recorded on hidden microphones at Susie's surgery.

Today, Susie meets Helen, a high achieving corporate lawyer who is struggling to identify what is wrong - but knows that something is.

Elsewhere in the series, we meet John - in his 60s, and a retired railway trade unionist. His wife and children are gone, but his therapy is helping him to turn his life around. We also meet Louise and Richard - a couple expecting their first baby in a few days, and Jo, who is meeting Susie for the first time - she is an out of work actress.

We hear the therapist at work, eavesdropping on the most intimate of exchanges. To help us with our understanding of the process, Susie Orbach commentates on what is happening in the room, shining a light on the journey both she and her patient have embarked upon.

Presenter: Susie Orbach

Producer: Kevin Dawson

Director: Ian Rickson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

2016021820160713 (R4)

Psychotherapist Susie Orbach explores the private relationship between therapist and patient. Each day we are given privileged access to Susie's consulting room, where she meets a variety of clients.

All of the clients are played by actors, but these are not scripted scenes. Each client profile has been carefully constructed by therapist Susie, director Ian Rickson (former artistic director at the Royal Court, and director of the highly acclaimed 'Jerusalem') and radio producer Kevin Dawson. The client profiles have been given to the actors who have learnt about their characters lives, backgrounds, and individual reason for seeking therapy. The scenes have then been improvised and recorded on hidden microphones at Susie's surgery.

Today, Susie meets Helen, a high achieving corporate lawyer who is struggling to identify what is wrong - but knows that something is.

Elsewhere in the series, we meet John - in his 60s, and a retired railway trade unionist. His wife and children are gone, but his therapy is helping him to turn his life around. We also meet Louise and Richard - a couple expecting their first baby in a few days, and Jo, who is meeting Susie for the first time - she is an out of work actress.

We hear the therapist at work, eavesdropping on the most intimate of exchanges. To help us with our understanding of the process, Susie Orbach commentates on what is happening in the room, shining a light on the journey both she and her patient have embarked upon.

Presenter: Susie Orbach

Producer: Kevin Dawson

Director: Ian Rickson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4.

20131213

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.

20110227

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.