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Everything I see

I Swallow



Aerial circus and Shibari performed by devisers Tamsin Shasha and Maisy Taylor.

Mother-daughter relationships, sex and contemporary feminism.

"Director Helen Tennison excels at combining text and movement, and the show’s beauty lies in how the movement mirrors, contrasts and accentuates the emotional struggles of its characters." -Stav Meishar Circus Diaries

Summerhall Edinburgh 2019

The Lowry & UK tour.

Co-produced by The Lowry

Rehearsal picture of Maisy Taylor




Site-responsive production created for the Norrington Room in Blackwells Bookshop, Oxford 2018. Re-imagined for The London Library 2019. Produced by Creation Theatre.

“ A masterpiece…sensuous, unsettling and absorbing to the point of hypnotic..a towering achievement.”  

- Katherine MacAlister, The Oxford Times.

Picture of Sophie Greenham and Chris York by Richard Budd (opposite)


Creation Theatre

Pop Up Theatre -Bicester Village '17

University Parks Oxford 2017

The Mill, Banbury, Christmas '15-16

St Hughs Gardens, Oxford 2015

"Whip-smart funny snappy and surreal... Directed superlatively by Helen Tennison."

Tim Hughes, The Oxford Times.

Picture opposite feature sophie greenham as Alice, Bicester Village.




Interactive solo performance developed with Videographer Eva Auster and Sound Designer Matt Eaton (pictured opposite)

Arts Council supported

Scratch performances

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Dommelhof Belguim

"Helen Tennison rips up the book and darts between the stories with fierce energy."

Libby Purves, The Times (Tales from King James)

"Refreshing and Inspiring", Anne Barbour Oxford Dance,

(Apres Le Deluge)


Women and Race in American history.

Devised with students at the University of South Florida working with writer Kate Kerrow, Videographer Eva Auster and Sound Designer Matt Eaton.

(pictured opposite)

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Site-Responsive, Devised, Circus, Dance & Physical Theatre

Everything I See I Swallow

Devised Circus Theatre

Summerhall, Edinburgh, The Lowry & Tour 2019


Site Responsive, Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford 2018 & The London Library 2019

Wasteland Hype

Deised with 3rd yr BA Acting & Stage Combat Students East 15 2018

Love is a Spoon

Devised with 3rd yr BA Acting Students

Drama Studio London 2018


Pop-up Theatre, Bicester Village 2017

Site responsive St Hughs Gardens 2015 and University College Parks 2017

Pull Me! Push You!

Circus Apocolypto, (Dramaturge)

Oxford Playhouse 2015

A Certain Slant of Light

Devised, Physical, New Diorama 2014

Apres Le Deluge

Dance Theatre, Pegasus Theatre (performer & choreographer) 2012

Tales from King James

North Wall Theatre & St Barnabus, Oxford,

Devised, Creation Theatre 2009-10

Research and Development

Ongoing training and scratch performances in Viewpoints and Suzuki with Training Ensemble Nederland.

Leading Workshops in Devising and Viewpoints for Young Professionals with Theatre Foundry, where Helen is co-Artistic Director.

Image below, Developement work, Lucrece, Marine Theatre, Helen Tennison.




Physical Theatre


Co-Artistic Director 1996 -2001

Directing & Performing with this physical theatre Company,  engaged in small-scale touring, festivals, street theatre and community projects.  


Responsible for artistic content, producing, partnerships, education programme.



Icebound, The Life of Anna Akhmatova

Sprint Festival

'Stylish & Poetic'

Total Theatre



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