Daredevil racing driver Helle Nice was a fast woman in every sense: in life, in love and in motor racing.
Roaring through the 1920s she danced her way to notoriety at the Casino de Paris and risked her life in adventures as diverse as skiing, a high wire act, mountaineering and speed record attempts. Her skill and courage handling Bugattis and Alfa Romeos brought her success; her brazen media-savvy brought her enemies – one in particular – in him she met her match.
This amazing life is captured in a play by Stewart Howson, Fast Woman, which is being performed at Cast in Doncaster tonight by Sandra Hunt and accompanied by music from FineTime Fontayne.
Sandra and FineTime both have grand memories of the arts scene in Doncaster. Most recently, FineTime played a part in the opening ceremony at Cast and lent his creative input to the first – and highly successful – pantomime at the theatre.
Fast is at CAST on Thursday, March 6, at 7.45pm.