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Archive: Helen Thomson

Date posted: 12 Sep 2013Author: STC Production: The Harp in the South: Part One & Part Two, Top Girls, After Dinner, King Lear, Children of the Sun

It's always a pleasure to welcome Helen Thomson back to The Wharf. For the best part of two decades, she's been a regular at STC, proving to be a chameleon, as comfortable playing a glamorous housewife as a geeky Shakespearean tradesman.

In 2018, she's back in Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, and Kate Mulvany's epic new adaptation of Ruth Park's novels – The Harp in the South.

Here, we celebrate Helen's history with STC in pictures...

 

ARCADIA (1994)

Helen's first production with STC was the Australian premiere of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia in 1994, directed by Gale Edwards and also starring Hugo Weaving. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)
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THE JOHN WAYNE PRINCIPLE (1996 & 1997)

The following year she was cast in The Shaughraun, and then in 1996 and 1997 she performed in The John Wayne Principle, written by STC's then Playwright-in-Residence Tony McNamara. This production began as a workshop, was then produced as part of the 'New Stages' season, before going on to a Main Stage season and a tour to Melbourne. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)
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THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL (2001)

In 2001, Helen played Lady Sneerwell in a lavish production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal, directed by Judy Davis. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)
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THE VIRGIN MIM (2002)

The following year Helen returned to STC for another Tony McNamara play, The Virgin Mim (which McNamara also directed), opposite Sophie Lee and Jeremy Sims. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)
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THE SEASON AT SARSAPARILLA (2007)

Helen then became a member of the STC Actors Company and performed in three major productions in 2007. First there was Benedict Andrews' take on Patrick White's The Season at Sarsaparilla. (Photo: Tania Kelley)
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THE ART OF WAR (2007)

Later in the year, Helen was part of the ensemble rocking fatigues in The Art of War. (Photo:Tania Kelley)
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (2007)

Finally, she turned in a wonderfully comic performance as Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, alongside Peter Carroll. (Photo: Heidrun Löhr)
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THE GOD OF CARNAGE (2009)

In 2009, Helen was part of a talented quartet of actors (with Marcus Graham, Sacha Horler and Russell Dykstra) in a Gale Edwards directed production of Yasmina Reza's The God of Carnage, in which she performed a truly spectacular and memorable vomiting scene. (Photo: Brett Boardman)
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IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY (2011)

In 2011, Helen played the giggling Sabrina Daldry in our plush production of In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, opposite Jacqueline Mackenzie. (Photo: Brett Boardman)
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UNDER MILK WOOD (2012)

In 2012, she appeared in Under Milk Wood with Bruce Spence, directed by Kip Williams. (Photo: Heidrun Löhr)
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THE SPLINTER (2012)

Helen returned in the same year for The Splinter alongside Erik Thomson, directed by Sarah Goodes. (Photo: Brett Boardman)
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MRS WARREN'S PROFESSION (2013)

She played the title role in Sarah Giles' exquisite production of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession. (Photo: Brett Boardman)
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CHILDREN OF THE SUN (2014)

In 2014, Helen did her best to seduce Toby Truslove in Andrew Upton's adaptation of Maxim Gorky's Children of the Sun. To no avail. (Photo: Brett Boardman)

Toby Truslove and Helen Thomson in STC's Children of the Sun. Photo by Brett Boardman

 

AFTER DINNER (2015)

Andrew Bovell's first play, After Dinner, was given a hilarious revival by director Imara Savage in 2015. Here, Helen entertains Anita Hegh and Rebecca Massey. (Photo: Brett Boardman)

Anita Hegh, Rebecca Massey and Helen Thomson in STC's After Dinner. Photo by Brett Boardman

 

KING LEAR (2015)

In Neil Armfield's production of Shakespeare's classic, Helen played Regan – daughter to Geoffrey Rush's Lear. Here, she's pictured with her ill-fated husband Cornwall, played by Colin Moody. (Photo: Heidrun Löhr)

 

HAY FEVER (2016)

Like After Dinner the year prior, Hay Fever was a comedy directed by Imara Savage. In this play, written by Noël Coward, Helen played one of the house guests at a weekend away at the Bliss family home. Here she is with Heather Mitchell and Josh McConville when the fun was just getting started. (Photo: Lisa Tomasetti)

 

 

Top Girls, 12 Feb – 24 Mar 2018, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two, 16 Aug – 6 Oct 2018, Roslyn Packer Theatre

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