Featured Collaborator: Helen Morse
One of Australia’s leading actresses, Helen Morse is well known to theatre-goers for decades of outstanding work in the classics, contemporary plays and music theatre. Most recently she performed Daniel Keene’s Photographs of A (MTC/NEON); Dreamers, The Rain, The Power of Love - devised with Paul English and violist Isabel Morse (Fortyfivedownstairs); and Michael Gow’s Once In Royal David’s City (Belvoir). Other recent productions: KAGE’s Sundowner (national tour); Love.War.Death.BREL (Adelaide Cabaret Festival); Tim Winton’s Signs Of Life, Joan Didion’s The Year Of Magical Thinking (Kate Cherry/Black Swan State TC) and Robyn Archer’s Architektin (State Theatre Co SA). Helen’s stage work includes: Ivanov, Duets for Lovers & Dreamers (Fortyfivedownstairs); Prophet & Loss (Here Theatre); Frozen, A Little Night Music, Arcadia, The Tempest, Nothing Sacred, The Selection, The Marriage of Figaro, Our Country’s Good, The Recruiting Officer, Mrs Klein, The Crucible, The Cherry Orchard, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night (MTC); The Breath of Life (Hit Productions); Death & the Maiden (STC/national tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Under Milk Wood (State Theatre Co SA); Duet for One (National tour); Private Lives, A Happy and Holy Occasion (HVTC); Not I (Belvoir). Her work with Australian playwrights includes: Nick Enright’s Good Works (Kim Durban/Playbox); Michael Gow’s Europe (MTC/national tour) and Away (Playbox); and the role of Katherine Mansfield in Alma de Gröen’s The Rivers Of China (STC & MTC). She received a Green Room award for de Gröen’s play about Anna Akhmatova, The Woman In The Window and played Theodora Goodman in Adam Cook’s adaptation of Patrick White’s The Aunt’s Story (Melbourne/Brisbane International Festivals and Belvoir). She worked with Keene/Taylor Theatre Project in Kaddish: The Rain (Sydney Festival) and The Funniest Man in the World.
Helen’s many recitals include: Love and Devotion with Dr Zahra Tehir and ney player Arya Bastaninezhad (SLV); Air & Angels with lutenist Rosemary Hodgson (Port Fairy); the MSO Chamber Players concert about the world of the Brontës; Gordon Kerry’s A Kind of Radiant Darkness (ANAM) and gigs with Shakespeare’s Secret troupe.