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Helen grime is Senior Lecturer in Drama. She  studied Drama and Theatre studies as an undergraduate at the University of London. Since when she has worked in publishing (at Penguin Books), for Literary Management (at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond), as a script advisor (to the playwright Steve Thompson) and in fringe theatre (for companies Tremor Cordis and Centre Forward). She completed her PhD in 2008 and has been teaching in Higher Education for the last decade. In conjunction with local theatre company Platform 4, Helen established The Tempest Club a collaborative performance project involving staff and students which has been running since 2009. She currently convenes, and is a frequent contributor to, the series of talks by University of Winchester academics given at the Theatre Royal Winchester to augment their programme of performances.

Areas of expertise

  • Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies (1891-1992).
  • The actress 1890-1960.
  • Theatre Archives


  • Monograph Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies: Twentieth-Century Actress. To be published in the ‘Dramatic Lives’ series (edited by Professor Katharine Cockin, University of Hull) by Pickering & Chatto May 2013.
  • Article 'Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies: Pioneering a “pocket-sized” Lady Macbeth'. Shakespeare (September 2012)
  • Article ‘Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies: Ethereal from the Waist Up and All Welsh Pony down below.’ NTQ 2011 (27) pp 203-214
  • Dramaturgical Consultant (Research) Nora & I Arts Council Funded devised project (Studio Theatre, University of Winchester 2008)
  • Numerous papers given at Theatre conferences since 2003.
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