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Thursday, March 9, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Dark Vanilla Jungle Director Samson Hawkins by Helen McWilliams

Dark Vanilla Jungle is running at Theatre N16 from 25 March to 31 March 2017. Break A Leg chatted to Director, Samson Hawkins about the production.

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THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Les Petits Theatre Company are currently touring with a stage version of The First Hippo On The Moon which is a number one best selling children’s book by David Walliams. The story takes y…

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BLOOD BROTHERS – Touring by Helen McWilliams

The story tells the sorry tale of the Johnstone twins, Mickey and Edward who are separated at birth after their mother makes a bargain with her employer. Their lives intertwine despite their…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

GASLIGHT – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Kara Tointon plays Bella Manningham; it is evident from the opening scene that she is a troubled, anxious soul who dotes on her husband, Jack (Rupert Young).

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Gaslight Star Kara Tointon by Helen McWilliams

Gaslight is a play written by Patrick Hamilton written in 1938 and I play Bella Manningham who has been married for seven years.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Wisdom of a Fool’s Jack Lane by Helen McWilliams

I play Norman Wisdom in a one man play called Wisdom of a Fool, It looks at his early life and career taking you from childhood up until the making of his first feature film, Trouble in Stor…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Bunny Actor, Catherine Lamb by Helen McWilliams

Bunny is the story of Katie, a young girl struggling to find where she ‘fits’ into the world. In her own words she is the ‘unfit fitter’.

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…actor/playwright Matthew Seager by Helen McWilliams

Matthew (who wrote the play and stars in the role of Arthur) gave an exclusive interview to Break A Leg, here’s what he has to say about this new piece of writing that is set to take The H…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Actor-turned-director Nigel Harman by Helen McWilliams

Nigel Harman has become a familiar name and face following his popular appearance in EastEnders as Dennis, the Son of Dirty Den. Since then he has gone on to appear on stage and screen as we…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…La Ronde’s Amanda Wilkin by Helen McWilliams

After reading the play, I was struck by how the play accurately brings loneliness to the surface and the transaction of contact – are we ever really equals when we have sex?

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…playwright Naomi Westerman by Helen McWilliams

Naomi Westerman is a playwright and actress; she has written a piece called Puppy in VAULT Festival this year on Thursday 23 February and Thursday 2 March.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

EVITA – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Evita is one of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s classic musicals and 'Don’t Cry For Me Argentina' is widely known. This particular incarnation of the production was fast, furious and had a distinc…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Star of VAULT Festival’s Puppy, Jo Wickham by Helen McWilliams

Jo Wickham is taking a few roles in Puppy, written by Naomi Westerman; this is part of VAULT Festival 2017. In an exclusive interview with Break A Leg, Jo tells us about the latest piece she…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

ANITA & ME – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Anita and Me is set in 1970s and yet the topics, issues and heart of the piece are all remarkably current given the political times we are living.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Hotel Europe producer David Ralf by Helen McWilliams

When you arrive at Hotel Europe, where you’re from doesn’t matter. But your key could take you anywhere.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Flora McIntosh in Carmen by Helen McWilliams

Mezzo Soprano Flora chatted to Break A Leg about Carmen and what it means to be playing the title role.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BEVERLEY CRAVEN – Banbury by Helen McWilliams

I am not a fan of ballad singers as a rule, I certainly wasn’t interested in a slow and emotional number when I was in my pre-teens/teens, however there was one singer who crossed that bou…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Robert Habermann by Helen McWilliams

Award winning singer Robert Habermann brings the highly acclaimed His Way to Barking on Friday 24th February. His Way tells the whole unexpurgated story of the rise and fall of Frank Sinatra…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…The HIV Monologues’ Patrick Cash by Helen McWilliams

fter a critically acclaimed launch at the end of 2016, Dragonflies Theatre’s new production returns in 2017, exploring HIV amongst gay men through a series of interwoven stories.

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THE TOMMY COOPER SHOW – Shrewsbury by Helen McWilliams

To resurrect a legend is no mean feat, yet shut your eyes while you listen to Taylor performing and you would be convinced that you were watching the man himself or indeed somebody had turne…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY – Touring by Helen McWilliams

Oh Boy! Buddy Holly was back in the room, as Alex Fobbester took on the role of the music legend and rocked the theatre.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

WHAT’S IN A NAME – Birmingham by Helen McWilliams

What’s In A Name resembles a snapshot into every day family life. The witty, observational script combined with a cast who are all at the top of their game ensures that this production wou…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Simon Pollard by Helen McWilliams

Following huge success at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, Throwback returns to Jackson's Lane as part of the London International Mime Festival. With awe-inspiring aerial and acrobatic work, one …

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…The Tommy Cooper Show’s Daniel Taylor by Helen McWilliams

What are your memories of Tommy Cooper? "I simply remember him being absolutely hilarious – even if he was just standing there and not saying very much."

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Monday, January 23, 2017

THE WILD PARTY – Hope Theatre by Helen McWilliams

A poem performed as a 65 minute play and in the most innovative and inviting way imaginable, as a nifty two-hander interspersed with postmodern jukebox-style songs. Joey Akubeze and Anna Cla…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

THE SNOWMAN – Birmingham by Helen McWilliams

The live stage version of The Snowman at Birmingham Repertory Theatre provides a beautiful, elegant and engaging light ballet version of the popular story and was the perfect January family …

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Gazing at a Distant Star writer Sian Rowland by Helen McWilliams

Sian Rowland has written a fantastic piece of theatre in the form of Gazing at a Distant Star at Greenwich Theatre which runs from 13 to 29 January 2017. Here, Sian tells Break A Leg all abo…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…the cast of Brains at Theatre N16 by Helen McWilliams

Following the sell-out shows Toxicity and Slight Delay in 2016, Thick & Thin Theatre present a brand new play about money, drugs and… zombies. WARNING: ‘BRAINS’ contains strong la…

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Director of The Wild Party at The Hope Theatre, Rafaella Marcus by Helen McWilliams

I was delighted to be invited to interview the director of The Wild Party which is going to be staged at The Hope Theatre from 10 to 28 January. Her fantastic insights can be found in the ar…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On…Star of HE(ART), Alex Reynolds by Helen McWilliams

Theatre N16 has an exciting new production coming up, here’s the release and an exclusive interview with one of the stars of the show, Alex Reynolds: Alice just wants Rhys to help h…

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Year in Review: Helen McWilliams’ top 25 performers of 2016 by Helen McWilliams

I’ve given some thought to the various actors and actresses on stage and screen who have ‘made’ 2016 for me, and these choices are from my heart and my head.

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