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Saturday, August 19, 2017

KING LEAR – Shakespeare’s Globe by Helen McWilliams

Characterisation from each member of the cast felt natural, beautifully synchronised and there’s a strong sense of unity amongst the ensemble – even when characters’ paths are divided.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

CITY OF CHAMPIONS – London Theatre Workshop by Helen McWilliams

New writing can be hit and miss, however this gruelling sensation of a piece has emerged from the Theatre Lab into a production after just shy of six years in the making.

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ROAD – Royal Court Theatre by Helen McWilliams

Jim Cartwright’s script is atmospheric in itself, the personalities of each character who all represent a different failing of society are there in the text.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Leapfrogtown’s Christopher Guard by Helen McWilliams

A year ago to the day we published an interview with Christopher Guard, familiar to many from the small and big screen. We chatted about his band, Leapfrogtown, amongst other things. Break A…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight on… Funny Girl’s Zoe Ann Bown by Helen McWilliams

Zoe Ann Bown is an actor who first appeared on my radar when I saw the recent tour of The Sound of Music last year. I was delighted by Zoe’s performance, she stood out for me for all the b…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

WRESTLING MANIA – Birmingham by Helen McWilliams

It’s Wrestling MaNia’s big night and they’ve sold loads… well a few… a couple of tickets so their audience awaits! However, there’s one snag, the big names who had top billing ar…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

WATCH: In conversation with… Don’t Blame The Bankers, $t00pid’s Serafina Salvador by Helen McWilliams

Don’t Blame The Bankers… $t00pid is about to set Camden Fringe alight as Serafina Salvador brings her extremely current piece of new writing to the Canal Café Theatre.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Chester by Helen McWilliams

I’ve seen Alice In Wonderland in almost every incarnation, now and watching this version, adapted by Glyn Maxwell, in the glorious open air setting of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre was a…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Odd Man Out by Helen McWilliams

Odd Man Out is composed of two plays, Rabbitskin written by Dominic Grace and performed by Luke Adamson, and Diary of a Welshcake written by Lesley Ross, performed by Gregory Ashton. Break A…

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FUNNY GIRL – Touring by Helen McWilliams

The toast of the West End has been celebrated in Wolverhampton this evening as Natasha J Barnes (Understudy for Sheridan Smith in the show last year) gave a performance to remember as Fanny …

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Camden Fringe’s Don’t Blame The Bankers… $t00pid by Helen McWilliams

Don’t Blame The Bankers… $t00pid runs at Camden Fringe 11 – 13 and 18 – 20 August 2017. Here’s Break A Leg’s vlog with actor, Anne Musisi from the show talking about her role and…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Cath Shipton by Helen McWilliams

Here at Break A Leg, we’re never happier than when Cath Shipton allows us to put the spotlight on her! As you may know, she finished filming a special one-shot episode back in April, so Br…

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

WIND IN THE WILLOWS – West End by Helen McWilliams

Wind In the Willows is one of my favourite childhood stories and a refreshingly new musical take on the story hasn’t gone amiss. so thanks to Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Dre…

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LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – Touring by Helen McWilliams

The best of times is now, a more fitting musical number there never was – indeed La Cage Aux Folles is an uplifting, life affirming joy of a show. Although tinged with moments of heartbrea…

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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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