Helen Flax is a Port Elizabeth based businesswoman and amateur actor and director.
Born Helen Frangopoulos, daughter of restauranteurs Maria and George Frangopoulos. She completed her high school studies at Trinity High School, Port Elizabeth, (1982 – 1984) and then studied at the University of Cape Town (1986 – 1988), University of South Africa (1989 – 1991) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (1992 – 1993).
After 14 years as a Manageress for her parents's business - The Ranch House of Steaks - she went on to work as a financial advisor for various companies, including Calreg (2014 – Mar 2018) and Welshfin (since 2018).
Early acting career
Both as an actress, director and backstage crew member, she has been involved with theatre since 1980.
She started her career selling programmes in the front of house for the Port Elizabeth Shakespearian Festival at Mannville Open Air Theatre Her first acting role was in 1982 when she played a fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
When she played the part of "Lady Macbeth" in the 2014 production of Hamlet at The Little Theatre and she sadly believed that the glory days of Mannville Open Air Theatre were past. However, Rocky Mann’s hard work and stubborn determination were to prove her wrong.
Initially selling programmes front of house, she graduated to the stage and eventually played roles such as Desdemona, Juliet, Beatrice, Lady Macbeth, Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth.
Contribution to South African Theatre
1982: Portrayed a fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
2010: Blithe Spirit (Coward)
Helen was awarded the title Best supporting actress (play) in 2015 for her role as Maria in (award name? year?).