Helen invites you to join her at her latest production ‘An Evening With Helen Fraser’ as she shares memories, stories and songs from the stage past and present accompanied by Keith Monk on piano.
Born in Lancashire, Helen trained at the Arts Educational Schools and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her extensive theatre career has found her in the West End, Liverpool Playhouse, Manchester Library Theatre, Royal National Theatre and many regional theatres as well as in America. Her highly-acclaimed one-woman show Vesta, which told the music hall artiste Vesta Victoria, played over 90 performances throughout the country and in America.
Her TV career has taken her through countless appearances in comedy shows such as Rising Damp, One Foot In The Grave, Sorry, The Dick Emery Show and Doctor In The House.
Some of her favourite roles in television drama include two Alan Bennett plays, Intensive Care and A Day Out, Ellen in Box Of Delights, Trish in The Rector’s Wife and Magenta Savannah in Coronation Street. She was delighted to be invited to be in the Christmas special of The Royal Family which reunited her with Tom Courtenay, her original co-star from Billy Liar, playing young David’s mother.
She is very well known for her role as the formidable prison officer from hell Sylvia (Bodybag) Hollamby in Bad Girls, the highly successful television program which ran for eight series and Helen reprised her role in Bad Girls – The Musical which played in the West End.
Helen was recently awarded an Honorary Degree in Civil Law from the University of East Anglia for her services to the theatre, and is friend of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, earning them a tidy sum in Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
As a professional actress of more than fifty years, Helen has worked with some of the biggest names in show business. She will be revisiting some songs from Vesta Victoria and Cicely Courtneidge shows as well as talking about her time on Bad Girls, Bad Girls in the West End and also what it was like working with Dick Emery during the 1970s.
Come along and join Helen as she traces her theatrical and TV journey though story and song at a theatre near you.
Her life story gives a fascinating glimpse back stage of the UK’s biggest stages and TV series.
A unique glimpse backstage of the spotlight.
Dates and Venue information available here.