Helen Pain
Freelance Playwright, published writer
and video editor

Helen Pain Copywriter Playwriter Video Editor We Are Swindon
Helen Pain Copywriter Playwriter Video Editor We Are Swindon

Playwriter and video Editor Helen Pain is a Swindon-based published writer, writing as both herself and under her pseudonym, Helen Ackrill.

Three of her plays have been professionally performed: two short plays – the duologue ‘The Universal Playbook’ at the Tristian Bates theatre, as part of ‘Invisible Light’ in July 2018, and a short play ‘Firewatcher’ for the ‘Women Writes’ International Women’s Day showcase at the Arcola Theatre on March 8, 2020. The third, her one-act play ‘(Ab)solution’, debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2019, and was received positively by acclaimed fringe reviewers.

Contact Helen

Helen specialises in:

  • Playwriting

  • Copywriting

  • Editing/proof-reading

  • Research

  • Video editing

  • Graphic design

  • Content design

  • Brand development

More about Helen 

As a published writer, she has written reviews for the UK comedy online guide ‘Chortle’, and articles on theatre and games expos for online community ‘Coaching For Geeks’, as well as scripts for television pilots, sizzle reels, and the BFI 48-hour Sci-Fi short film challenge.

With over four years’ experience as a freelance video editor, Helen has produced eye-catching visual content on behalf of Swindon-based video production companies, specialising in case studies, teaser campaigns and testimonials for businesses and charities across the UK.

If you’re looking for a play to perform, an article written for your business, or an engaging video, please get in touch with Helen.

Some of playwriter and video editor Helen Pain’s published work

‘Coaching for geeks’ writer

Helen Pain Copywriter Playwriter Video Editor We Are Swindon

Swindon Fringe Festival – Offical brochure design.

Helen Pain Copywriter Playwriter Video Editor We Are Swindon

Reviews of Helen’s plays.

“An impressive debut… The simplicity of this play’s tight structure, with recurring scenes and patterns of behaviour, contrasts with the complex web of relationships that develops between three brothers and a woman.”

Broadway Baby

“On one level, (Ab)solution can be enjoyed as a powerful and intense family drama…but it is also trying to say something about sin, or rather what happens when the very idea of sin no longer exists.”

EdinburghGuide.com

“An ambitious piece of writing with convincing performances.”

The Fountain

“Another brilliant moment comes from the penultimate scene, when the character of Fran [in The Universal Playbook] is affirming that she’s more than just a mother. A woman in the second row loudly ‘mhmm’d’, much to the delight of the audience.”

The Universal Playbook
Helen Pain Copywriter Playwriter Video Editor We Are Swindon
Helen Pain Copywriter Playwriter Video Editor We Are Swindon
Helen Pain Copywriter Playwriter Video Editor We Are Swindon
Helen Pain Copywriter Playwriter Video Editor We Are Swindon

Firewatcher by Helen Pain

Directed by Zyrenka Cox
Starring Katharine Orchard, Isabella Vericco & Lizzie Muncey
www.arcolatheatre.com/whats-on/womens-writes/

Helen Pain Copywriter Playwriter Video Editor We Are Swindon

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