Helena Thompson

Helena Thompson is an award-winning script writer and Artistic Director of S.P.I.D. Theatre. She studied playwriting at Birmingham University and English at Cambridge University, and was on the National Theatre’s attachment scheme. Her plays for BBC Radio 4 include The Burning Times (Ivy) (Radio Times’ Pick of the Week) and Superyou. Her play Arthur’s World (Bush Theatre) is published by Oberon. Her interactive experience iAm (nominated for an Offie award) toured the Arcola, Southwark Playhouse and Bush Theatre. Her plays Bluebeard’s Wives (ICA) and Open House (Riverside Studios, Time Out Critic’s Choice) are published by Plays International. Her short film High Above the Sky (ITV First Light Best Film Award) has won two distribution deals, three prizes and over a hundred festival screenings worldwide.

The award-winning company S.P.I.D. (Social Political Innovative Direct) was founded by Helena Thompson in 2005 to champion high quality community theatre on council estates. The charity works on estates throughout the United Kingdom creating youth shows, professional shows, youth films and tours. Shows bring audiences together using immersive, participatory, promenade or site-specific techniques. Prizes include Time Out Critic’s Choice, an Offie Award nomination, Fringe Report’s Best Outreach Company and ITV First Light Best Film Award.

S.P.I.D. is based in the historic Kensal House Estate, ten minutes from Grenfell Tower. The charity advocates against the destruction of social housing and fights for increased investment in estates and to improve rights for those who live and work there. S.P.I.D. are proud to have raised £2.4 million to refurbish their own neglected, historic council estate community rooms.

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