HOT (Helen of Troy)

A patriarchy-smashing new show for G(r)eek lovers

5 Feb to 8 Feb

Full price £10; under-18s £8
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Produced and presented by Pinecone Performance Lab

A Cockpit Theatre Maker event

What if you could cast a spell and get your teenage heart’s desire? In her quest for eternal beauty, Amy accidentally conjures the spirit of Helen of Troy. Yes, that Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Grab your scented candles and get ready for a magical makeover from teenage geek to gorgeous Greek. We’re armed with lipstick, high heels, pop tunes, and a stack of magazines - let’s go, girls!

With music, mythology, and 90s movie tropes, this patriarchy-smashing new show asks: what would you sacrifice to become beautiful? And what is it really like to be the face that launched a thousand ships?

Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th February 2020 - 7:30pm

Post-show Q&A on Wednesday 5th Feburary,
with writer-performer Amy Clare Tasker and body image coach Denise Sanderson-Estcour
free with ticket to the show


"I had never been made to think about the Helen myth in this way before…
Really effective, really bold, really challenging."
- Fresh Off The Stalls review of The Helen Project


Running time: 60 minutes
Age recommendation: 12+ contains some strong language and references to violence.

HOT (Helen of Troy)
Written by Amy Clare Tasker
Direction & Dramaturgy by Katharina Reinthaller
Music & Sound Design by Yaiza Varona
Performed by Amy Clare Tasker & Victoria Howell
Design by Ilayda Arden
Lighting Design by Sherry Coenen
Sound operation & stage management by Ben Bass
Produced by Fae Fichtner & Susie Italiano
Photography by Sonia Sanchez Lopez

Pinecone Performance Lab is a London-based theatre company led by co-directors Amy Clare Tasker and Susie Italiano. Our previous projects include Home Is Where... (Camden People's Theatre, Rich Mix, Theatre Deli) and the London Devised Theatre Intensive, a two-week workshop for theatre makers. We are fascinated by unexpected connection: between ourselves and others; between the past and present; between the shape of a pinecone and the Milky Way Galaxy. We aim to awaken curiosity and inspire empathy. We believe we can do more than simply reflect the world as it is; theatre has the power to show us worlds that could be.​​

Twitter: @PineconeLab
Instagram: @PineconePerformance
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Supported by public funding from the National Lottery by Arts Council England.
Developed in residence at artsdepot & supported by The Cockpit’s Theatre Maker programme.