Episode 9: An Interview with Helena Blackman

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Helena is a British actress and singer born in Hampshire England.

She trained at The Guildford School of Acting and her work has taken her all over the world.

Training: Guildford School of Acting.
Theatre: Maria in Sound of Music (Beirut); Sherry in Kingmaker (Workshop); Anna in But First This(The Watermill Theatre); Millie Pontipeer in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK tour); Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady (Kilworth House); Maria in The Sound of Music (Kilworth House); Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music (Bahrain Theatre Festival); Linda in Gay’s The Word (Finborough Theatre); Snow White in Snow White (Redditch Palace Theatre); Gertie in Noel and Gertie (The Cockpit Theatre); Lily/Rose in The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Helen Fogel in Saturday Night (Arts Theatre), Puss in Puss In Boots(Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (UK tour); Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Leicester Haymarket); Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy (Millenium Centre, Cardiff); Electrovox in Beatlemania (Gothenborg Opera House); Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk (Wilde Theatre, Bracknell); Soloist in Encore (BroadwayMusic Theatre).
Concert: Soloist in Friday Night Is Music Night (Hackney Empire); Soloist in West End Live (Trafalgar Square); Jonathan Ansell and Friends (UK tour); Soloist in SingaLongaShow(The Sage, Gateshead); Soloist in A Little Less Ordinary (Apollo Theatre); Soloist in A Spoonful of Stiles and Drewe (Her Majesty’sTheatre); Soloist in A Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall); Soloist in An Evening with Tim Rice (Holders Season 2007); Soloist in The Party of a Lifetime (International Festival of Musical Theatre); Soloist in Voice of Musical Theatre (International Festival of Musical Theatre); Vocalist in Spirit of Fire (Royal Albert Hall).

Television: Soloist for Confused.com (National TV); Soloist for Maria Meets Joseph (BBC1); Soloist on Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV); Finalist on Voice of Musical Theatre (BBC Wales); Runner Up on How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (BBC1); Lead Soloist in 20th Century Musical Greats (Channel4).

Radio: Soloist in Friday Night Is Music Night (BBC Radio 2); Soloist in The Late Show with Jo Good (BBC Radio London).


Twitter: @helenablackman

Helena’s Website: www.helenablackman.com

Russell Scott Entertainment: https://russellscottentertainment.com

Russell Scott has been in the music industry, professionally, for over 35 years working in the worlds of Classical and Musical Theatre. He is not only a Producer and Musical Director, but an accomplished Singer and Vocal Coach.

As a performer he has performed all over the world, as a soloist and with leading choirs and orchestras. With over 100,000 record sales across his 4 solo albums, he’s also appeared on countless film soundtracks, opera, pop and musical theatre recordings.

His company, Russell Scott Entertainment Limited has developed into a successful and reputable entertainment production company specialising in creating and producing high profile, high-end productions. It has produced a number of hugely successful shows across the UK including ‘An Evening of Don Black’, ‘An Evening of Tim Rice’, ‘The Wonderful World of Ashman, Menken & Schwartz, and ‘From Stage And Screen… And Back Again!’ which raised over £15,000 for charity. He produced the critically acclaimed ‘Godspell In Concert’ at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End in 2014 which went on to tour the UK in 2015.

Specialising in ‘performance’, he regularly directs masterclasses and workshops, and has worked with choirs and ensembles around the UK including the acclaimed Military Wives Choir. He is Musical Director of Next Stage Choir and Waddesdon Manor Choir.

Russell leads an enormously busy life having achieved great success in the cross-over of genres. Music is his soul and his passion, and he is committed to finding and developing new musical talent, giving opportunity to those with the ability and dedication to succeed at the highest level.

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