helen woods appearing at Edinburgh Festival

About Me

I started performing and trying to make people laugh at a very early age.

I love to play larger than life comic characters. Favourites have included Mrs Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, Mrs Sparsit in Hard Times and Captain Hook in Peter Pan, for which I had to learn to stage fight as well as say “ooh arr” a lot.

With Freshwater Theatre Company I played Helena and Snug on a tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Italian schools and numerous, historical characters for performances in the U.K.

I’ve tried my hand at a variety of comic performance styles including stand-up comedy, performance poetry and clowning.

The Usherettes - my first Fringe Show

In 2014 and 2015 I co-wrote and performed, as Levick and Wood, in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell-out comedy, ‘The Usherettes’.


The Usherettes alternated between the tragic-comic story of two hapless cinema usherettes, Pearl and Jean, and the high drama of a selection of classic film parodies.

“Helen Wood displaying a real talent for comedy ... leaving the whole audience in stitches.”
Stroud News and Journal

“Comic timing, physicality and facial expressions are excellent.”
Broadway Baby

What Kind of Fool am I? – my first solo show

For my first solo show I combined humour with self-analysis.  Through biographical material, I wove together information and observations about the little-known Enneagram personality ‘system’. The show was performed between September 2015 and September 2016 in London, Edinburgh and Stroud.

 

“An absorbing, charming and very funny piece.”
Funny Women

“A wonderful and engaging hour of original entertainment.”
Stroud News and Journal

Brewhaha!

Since 2015 I’ve been performing improvised comedy with Brewhaha, an all-female, Gloucestershire-based trio.

 

“Quirky, dynamic and mischievous Brewhaha are a comedy force to be reckoned with. Each woman enhances the performance of the other. It is a joy to witness their co-creation. Go and see them!”
Good on Paper

“Delightfully playful.”
Young Reviewers