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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.

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.

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.

Introducing … Karl Greenwood in Broken

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Hello everyone, Karl here!

This is my second time working for Organised Chaos, after playing the Role of ‘Clerk’ in a tour of Michael Hart’s ‘AfterWords’ in 2012. I had a fantastic time on the show, so much so in fact that I’m back for more in this years’ tour of Ella Greenhill’s Broken!

Playing ‘Clerk’ last year was a real pleasure. We got some great feedback from audiences, (including a lovely 4 star review from ‘What’s On Stage’) a Best New Writing award from the Buxton Fringe and I got the opportunity to work with some fantastic people, including our Director Phil Minns who I worked with again recently on ‘Me, as a Penguin’ at the Houldsworth Rep Theatre.

When I was 1st asked to read Ella’s script for ‘Broken’ I immediately wanted to be involved. I think it’s a really interesting way of exploring the issues surrounding mental illness, (& another great character to sink my teeth into!) The opportunity to perform at the Lowry and The Oldham Coliseum (and revisit some of the great venues from our last tour) was something I couldn’t pass up either!

I have worked as an actor for nearly 10 years now, spending a large part of my career in the West End and National Tours of Blood Brothers. However, when I moved back up to Manchester I almost felt like I was starting from square one again. Working with Organised Chaos has given me a great platform to showcase myself in the North West. I’m already really enjoying working on ‘Broken’ and can’t wait to hear what our audiences think of the show. Hope to see you all on tour!

All the very best,

Karl Greenwood

 

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