Category Archives: Production: Broken

Broken & A Lot of it About Video Featurettes

Thinking about coming to see our shows in Liverpool tonight? Have you seen the featurettes for Broken & A Lot of it About? Take a look…

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A Lot of it About

 

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Broken and A Lot of it About, visit our website

Read reviews of the shows here.

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Reviews : Broken & A Lot of it About

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We’re well into our North West tour now, having visited Salford’s The Lowry and the Square Chapel, Halifax, moving onto Liverpool’s Lantern Theatre later this week. After a slightly scary start with one of the main actors, Brian Gorman, falling ill just before the shows opened at The Lowry, the tour has gone from strength to strength.

Broken

“Writer Ella Carmen Greenhill goes to a lot of trouble to build a credible background to the story of one damaged individual trying to heal another.” – David Cunningham, thepublicreviews

“Central to the play is Hannah Keeley’s commanding performance as May. Endearing and bouncy, her portrayal is at its strongest when the story delves into memories of her trauma and she threatens to drown within these dark memories. A scene between her and Greenwood on a waltzer is particularly effective.” – The Fiction Stroker

A Lot of it About

“With its quick and witty script, A lot of It About is a thoughtful piece of theatre. (4*)” – Joanna Ing, whatsonstage

“The humour that sometimes permeates plays dealing with homosexuality as a topic can feel very forced, but here it flows naturally. Director Alex Shepley juggles this humour and drama and coaxes strong performances to produce an affecting story that builds towards a conclusion that for once is laden with hope. Thoroughly recommended.”The Fiction Stroker

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s come to see the shows so far, and a particular thank you to the reviewers for your feedback. If you haven’t seen BrokenA Lot of it About yet, you’ve still got time to catch us at the Lantern Theatre in Liverpool (10-11 May), Oldham Coliseum (14 May) and the Pavilion Arts Centre in Buxton (8 June).

 

 To see the tour dates and book tickets for Broken and A Lot of it About, visit our website.

A Lot of it About : Gorm-less

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So, I’ve just got in from our final night at The Lowry and oh my goodness what a run it has been here.

For those who haven’t heard our Older Ben (Brian GORMan, hence the very clever title) was struck down with a particularly nasty case of sciatica earlier in the week, which mean twe had to recast THREE DAYS before we opened! Cue our knight in hot beverage-y armour Daniel Thackeray (or Dan Thacker-Lad as he has been affectionately christened).

Without a word of exaggeration here, Dan saved the show. After tears, tantrums and a hell of a lot of coffee and hours of chatting, Dan stepped up to the plate in a big way, and by big I mean humongous and by humongous I mean… Well… Bigger than that. The man learned his lines overnight, and learned his moves in a day, ran it all once (in all fairness it was the entire cast’s first run too) and went on the following night. It would be fair to say that we were flying by the seat of our pants; Pre-show nerves took on a whole new meaning, and after a less than perfect tech we were on.

You can imagine our shock when 4 and 5 star reviews started coming in. It would appear this production is one of those things that holds new twist and turns round every corner, and I’m not even talking about the plot. I can only hope we are as well received everywhere and pray that the Theatre Gods recognise our struggle and bless us with engaged audiences, seamless technical rehearsal and the good health of everyone involved.

It has been wonderful opening at The Lowry and I am proud to call this show ours now. It was looking dodgy this time last week, but it’s fair to say we’ve all pulled it off, director, producers, costume, crew, stage management and the wonderful staff at The Lowry alike.

Also, can I just say how flipping lovely it is to finally be a team all together with the Broken lot. Our show is dominated by the menfolk (sans Tracy and I), so it’s ace to have a few more females about the place.  The sad fact is, I still haven’t managed to see Broken as sitting in the dark for an hour before I go on wouldn’t help my nerves or my ever flaky vocal chords, so I just have to wait until we’re on first to see it. Really looking forward to it though, it sounds ace on the Show Relay.

So, it’s with a heavy heart we wave goodbye to Salford, and say hello to Halifax. I’ll miss warming up looking over the Quays, having lights all round my dressing room mirror and singing a Kyrie Eleison in a bathroom with a beautiful acoustic (It’s part of my warm up, daaaahling).

Till next time, folks.

Katy

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Broken and A Lot of it About, visit our website.

Introducing … Emma Cliff in Broken

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We are now under 2 weeks off the first performance and rehearsals are going well so far and I’m very much enjoying the process! Playing Carla is really fun and, due to her spontaneity and love of life, I am able to test the boundaries and experiment during rehearsals. Every week another layer of the character comes to life by trying new ideas and just having a play!

To feel comfortable enough to experiment in the rehearsal room in this way is amazing and I have the other members of the cast to thank for that and we are a great support for one another.

One of the reasons I applied for Organised Chaos was to have this opportunity to work with a new play and playwright where you are not restricted by what other companies have done in the past with a more well known play.

I am both excited and apprehensive about the first performance but that is to be expected. Hope to see you there!

Emma

 

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Broken and A Lot of it About, visit our website.

Introducing … Una Lova in Broken

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Organised Chaos was a name that cropped up frequently as a producer of very interesting theatre, so when the opportunity came for me to audition I was there!

When I first read the script I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, however I really liked the theme and felt that was something I really related to – very topical and thought-provoking. Now that we’re deep in rehearsals, I’m loving the direction the play has taken, as well as my role of Helen.

I’m playing a psychiatrist who has, well… let’s just say she has her own issues. I don’t want to spoil the plot for our audience.

From an acting point of view it’s a very demanding role with no less than nine monologues. The first challenge was figuring out who I’m talking to, when!

I’m working very hard with Paul Anderton, our director, to make sure there’s lots of emotion and different levels within Helen’s journey throughout the story.

We had our first run through of the whole play with a full cast last Friday and it was very exciting to see what the others have been working on – things make sense on a whole new level now!

Helen’s character is really coming to life and each time I’m rehearsing, new and deeper meanings suddenly present themselves.

As my stage debut, it’s great to be able to invest time in developing the character and plot over the months and weeks leading up to the performance. Very different from what I’m used to when on camera.

I’m really looking forward to our performances live in front of you and others, so if you haven’t done it yet, go book your ticket right now.

Una

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Broken and A Lot of it About, visit our website.