Body Collision:the work of this globally-dispersed
cyberformance troupe is devised online by the four Colliders, with
scripts developed from improvisations and chat dialogue. Helen contributes
to the shaping of scripts and was the main writer of texts for "swim
- an exercise in remote intimacy".
Playwriting: three stage plays professionally
produced, in Dunedin and Wellington (NZ), 1992-2001; and a fourth waiting
in the wings.
participation in Jill Greenhalgh's ongoing performance installation
project, Water[war]s, in 2001, 2002 and 2003, including scripting and
presenting a cyberformance and editing texts that were projected and
displayed during the installations and performances
Premiered in May 2014 by Te Aroha Repertory Theatre, Phone Jam is
the story of a woman trapped in a phone box. Physical theatre, sheer
poetry and universal truths are squeezed into this confined space and
played out within the complexity of contemporary human communication.
The script received a professional workshop with New Theatre Initiatives
in Auckland, NZ (Feb-April 2002), and is now eager to see the light of
"... a treasure of a play ... delightful yet profound." John Smythe,
National Business Review
Commissioned by the Young and Hungry Trust in 1999, Between is
a one act play for five actors, exploring the transition from childhood
to adulthood and the role of imagination in that transition. Premiered
at the 2001 NZ Fringe Festival; performed at Aurora
College, Invercargill, NZ, June 2010 (images from this performance
"...rapturously rich, refreshingly real."Capital Times
"Helen Jamieson tackles head on the subject of lesbians and AIDS and,
miraculously, she has done it with humour and feeling and without sentimentality
and gloom." Evening Post
Performed at BATS Theatre, Wellington, during the 1995 Devotion Festival, Risky/Risque is
a dark comedy about the impact of AIDS on two women's relationship.
Women Like Us
"... a powerful play. As a debut full-length production it represented
an achievement little short of staggering." The Listener
"...crisp and challenging, sprinkled with moments of hilarity." City
Commissioned by the Suffrage Centenary Trust in 1993, Women Like
Us celebrates the little-documented history of women in New Zealand
politics. It was first performed at the Globe Theatre, Dunedin in 1993
and then at Taki Rua Theatre, Wellington during the 1994 Fringe Festival.
It is a two act play for three actors, who play more than 25 characters.
It's funny, too.
Explorer: Helen researched and wrote the text for Creative Explorer,
a comprehensive CD-ROM on the arts of New Zealand (1996-97). This
included in-depth interviews with the six featured artists, sourcing
and copyright clearing hundreds of images, and researching hundreds
of related artists and topics. She also assisted with the layout,
testing and project management.
"... a very comprehensive resource and an extremely rich source
of information." Computers In New Zealand Schools
Online copywriting for Media Catalyst, Amsterdam (2005-2008);