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Monday, June 26, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Misprint Theatre by Helen McWilliams

'This is an incredibly important piece of theatre because it explores a very stigmatised issue: men’s mental health. There are already a lot of negative ideas and stereotypes surrounding m…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

THE TEMPEST – Stafford by Helen McWilliams

The set is a marvel, with the castle in the background, it is a wonder to behold, the staging is in effect quite simple, but the use of lighting and special effects enhances the scenery and …

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IDINA MENZEL – Touring by Helen McWilliams

An evening at Symphony Hall is one never to be missed, it’s one of my favourite venues. An evening in the company of musical theatre and film star, Idina Menzel, was also an evening full o…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Cast & Creatives from Rameo and Eweliet by Helen McWilliams

A starry cast led by Evening Standard award winner Tyrone Huntley, Olivier award winner Sharon D.Clarke and RTS award winner Tony Maudsley, bring to vivid life Ripley Theatre’s recording o…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

More about a mate: meet Break A Leg’s Helen McWilliams by Helen McWilliams

It’s a rarity indeed when I take to my own blog to speak of all things Break A Leg but I felt that after four years of nurturing my labour of love and the new step that I’ve taken – it…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Stafford Shakespeare Festival actor James Lawrence by Helen McWilliams

"I play Sebastian, one of the shipwrecked Italians on the island. He’s not exactly a pleasant man when you first meet him and it isn’t long before he begins to take advantage of the situ…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Human Story Theatre by Helen McWilliams

Human Story Theatre secures funding and launches new play, The Fourth Dog by Oxford playwright, Zena Forster, at Offbeat Festival 2017 and beyond. The Fourth Dog is a one hour comedy about b…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Shauna Riley by Helen McWilliams

The Quentin Dentin Show is a new rock musical with an exciting science fiction vibe. It’s about a couple in their mid-twenties who are stuck in an unsuccessful and unproductive rut who fin…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

FOOTLOOSE – Touring Belgrade Theatre, Coventry by Helen McWilliams

Footloose as an individual track is a tune I have been familiar with and known the words to since I can remember. Footloose as a show with a full range of foot-tapping musical numbers (which…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

THE RAT PACK – Birmingham by Helen McWilliams

The Rat Pack is of course formed of Frank Sinatra (David Alacey), Sammy Davis Junior (Des Coleman) and Dean Martin (Paul Drakeley) and a tribute show to the popular late trio wouldn’t be a…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

INTERVIEW Spotlight On… Chummy star Megan Pemberton by Helen McWilliams

"‘Chummy’ is a beautiful neo noir story written by John Foster about a cat and mouse game played between a private investigator and a wannabe serial killer. I play Jackie Straker, an ex …

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

WAITING FOR GOD – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Waiting For God was a television comedy series that I thoroughly enjoyed watching when it was on our screens, Stephanie Cole and Graham Crowden were a dream team in my humble opinion. I wond…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Billy Elliot’s Anna-Jane Casey by Helen McWilliams

I enjoy working with the different ‘Billys’, they all bring some different to the role and they’re all so talented. My favourite moment is when Billy shows his letter from his mum to M…

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Monday, May 29, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Enchanted’s Jade Ogugua by Helen McWilliams

Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, Pharmacy Theatre present the London transfer of their debut show – a highly-acclaimed adaptation of death penalty investigator Rene…

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… director Max Hoehn by Helen McWilliams

Pop-Up Opera have announced their Summer Season as they continue to challenge the way opera is traditionally performed. This summer, Pop-Up Opera return with a rarely-seen opera from the lat…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Rebecca Johnson by Helen McWilliams

Break A Leg favourite, Rebecca Johnson is currently appearing in All Our Children at Jermyn Street Theatre and she took time out in between shows, to chat about her latest role in the five s…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Cyrano de Bergerac’s Francesca Mills by Helen McWilliams

"The production of Cyrano is based on a man called Cyrano de Bergerac and he is a poet, a swordsman, a musician, everything you could possibly want but he’s got this massive nose which peo…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Fracked’s Harry Hadden-Paton by Helen McWilliams

I have recently had the pleasure of watching Harry on stage alongside Anne Reid and James Bolam in a new play called Fracked! Or please Don’t Use The F-Word. I was delighted to chat with H…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… the Full Circle creative team by Helen McWilliams

After a critically acclaimed run at the Arts Theatre in 2015, Madelaine Cunningham’s Full Circle plays London again at Theatre N16 this May, which she first performed in her native South A…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Star of The Girls, Claire Machin by Helen McWilliams

Claire Machin is an actress who has been on my little radar for quite some time, she’s a versatile performer with an incredible singing voice and I think that her latest role as Cora in Th…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Brimstone & Treacle’s Stephanie Beattie by Helen McWilliams

Welcome to Break A Leg’s first vlog, it’s an exciting time to be able to move forward and consider a different way of featuring our interviewees. I’ve really loved doing this first one…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

BRIMSTONE & TREACLE – The Hope Theatre by Helen McWilliams

Dennis Potter’s controversial and previously banned, dark, harrowing and twisted comedy, is perhaps not as shocking today as it undoubtedly was back in the 70’s. However, what’s notabl…

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ALL OUR CHILDREN – Jermyn Street Theatre by Helen McWilliams

Stephen Unwin is a name I am familiar with as a director, and in my experience he’s an incredibly talented director. His debut play, All Our Children is set in 1941 and throws a spotlight …

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Friday, May 5, 2017

MAMMA MIA! – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Mamma Mia is a smash hit West End musical and its easy to see why, I’ve seen it a few times before in the west end – many years ago, now. Therefore I was keen to see how it would work as…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight on… Joanna Brown from The Scarecrow’s Wedding by Helen McWilliams

The Scarecrows’ Wedding is a stage adaptation of the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. It’s a love story about two scarecrows – Betty O’Barley & Harry O…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Mamma Mia’s Lucy May Barker by Helen McWilliams

"I’m probably biased, but I would say that I think it’s the ultimate feel-good night out at the theatre and my parents have seen it twenty times (and counting!) so that’s got to be a g…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Pulverised’s Richard Corgan by Helen McWilliams

"Firstly, it’s an honor to be playing the first English translation of ‘The Pulverised’ after it won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Literature at the National Theatre of Strasbourg. …

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Adam Small and Gabriella Margulies by Helen McWilliams

Paper Hearts is an uplifting rom-com musical set in a high street bookshop. Think ‘You’ve Got Mail’ but this time it has an awesome pop/folk score and it’s half set in Russia. It sou…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

FRACKED – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Fracked or Please Don’t Use The F-Word is written by Alistair Beaton and couldn’t be a more current piece in the current political climate. The fact that it has two more mature character…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Crucible actor Victoria Yeates by Helen McWilliams

Victoria Yeates is best known for her role in Call The Midwife, she is usually found beneath a wimple as Sister Winifred – however she is currently appearing Elizabeth Proctor in The Cruci…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Hope Theatre’s Matthew Parker by Helen McWilliams

I’m really looking forward to seeing Brimstone & Treacle and I always thoroughly enjoy productions at The Hope Theatre – so I caught up with Matthew Parker, award-winning Artistic D…

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