A theatre producer and drama teacher is celebrating a sold-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Denby Dale born Helen Lindley has received rave reviews for her adaptation of Swan Lake - The Duck Pond.

Helen, 32, who like Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey, went to Shelley High School, has been building a career in theatre alongside her day job as a drama teacher.

As co-director of the With Wings Theatre Group, she dreamed up a circus style version of the classic Russian ballet for the internationally renowned month long festival.

And Fringe-goers lapped it up, with not a spare seat going for the entire 25 day run.

The performance sees a prince fall in love with a man he meets in the moonlight at a funfair on his 21st birthday.

But the relationship is beset with trouble from the start as during the day his lover Odin is a plastic duck.

Helen said: “I went to Edinburgh thinking I’d really want to be on the sold-out board at least once.

“It happened on the preview day so I was happy but then after that we didn’t have a single spare seat for the rest of the entire run.

“We did 22 performances with one day off to give the musicians a rest.”

Helen, who is director of drama at St Peter’s School in York, said she was delighted at the success of the show, which was many months in the making but only came together at the last minute.

The Duck Pond by Denby Dale born theatre producer, Helen Lindley - Action shot of the show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
 

The production was hailed by reviewers for its modern twist of the classic tale and for its audience participation and innovation, which saw people in the front rows offered a nibble of some chocolate birthday cake and a recreation of Tchaikovsky’s classic melody using a glass bottle.

“We worked on it in our minds for about a year,” she said.

“But in terms of actual rehearsals, it was only about two-and-a-half-weeks!

“It was quite nerve wracking.”

Helen, whose mum and sister still live in Denby Dale, added: “We are taking it on the road now, we’ve had a lot of interested venues from London so we’ll be going down there and we might be taking it to a couple of festivals next year.

“I’m also developing a new show, which will be premiering in Edinburgh next year.”