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H.O.T (Helen of Troy)

Role: Concept Development & Designer 


When: Dec 2019 - Feb 2020 

Where: Cockpit Theatre, London 

WhatPinecone Performance Lab approached Ilayda to workshop and help edit the existing ideas into a cohesive script. She was also the show designer, consulting on all visual aspects of the show, from set design to marketing materials. 


What if you could cast a spell and get your teenage heart’s desire? In her quest for eternal beauty, Amy accidentally conjures the spirit of Helen of Troy. Yes, that Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman who ever lived. 


Grab your scented candles and get ready for a magical makeover from teenage geek to gorgeous Greek. We’re armed with lipstick, high heels, pop tunes, and a stack of magazines - let’s go, girls!


With music, mythology, and 90s movie tropes, this patriarchy-smashing new show asks: what would you sacrifice to become beautiful? And what is it really like to be the face that launched a thousand ships?


Written by Amy Claire Tasker

Performed by Amy Claire Tasker

Directed & Dramaturged by Katharina Reinthaller

Music & Sound Design by Yaiza Varona

Concept Development & Design by Ilayda Arden
Lighting Design by Sherry Coenen
​Produced by Fae Fichtner & Susie Italiano
​Sound Operation & Stage Management by Ben Bass
Photography by Sonia Sanchez Lopez

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