A reclusive children’s writer becomes wildly successful. Her books are treasured the length and breadth of the country: dog-eared copies are read at bedtimes and swapped in playgrounds.

    But when one day a secret is leaked which casts a grave doubt on the character of this innocent, benevolent woman, we find ourselves asking:  What matters more – the storyteller or the story?

    Thomas Eccleshare is the Verity Bargate Award- winning writer of Pastoral and the co-artistic director of Dancing Brick.


    additional information

    Available for touring. To book any of our productions please contact Kerrie Burke-Avery, Producer, on 0117 963 0963 or email kerrie@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

    RUNNING TIME 1hr (no interval)
    ORIGINAL VENUE Brewery Theatre

    Cast & Creative

    creative team

    Writer – Thomas Eccleshare
    Director – Valentina Ceschi


    Timothy X Atack
    Charlotte Melia


    The effect is deep, thought-provoking, moving and beautifully sustained by two fine actors pushing themselves to the limit

    The Scotsman

    It’s one of the strongest lunchtime offerings this season: go

    Herald Scotland

    The overriding question is, can we separate story from storyteller, and does it matter if the author is not who we think they are? The actors gave powerful convincing performances and Valentina Ceschi directed with aplomb

    Bristol Post

    Deftly directed by Valentina Ceschi, this play packs a lot into the short 50 minute performance time… Charlotte Melia puts in a particularly mesmerising performance as the writer

    Reviews Hub

    Helen is a brave, enquiring play that seeks to ask big questions of its audience in a short space of time: a tiny piece of tiny dynamite from a writer to watch

    Theatre Bristol