For One Night Only ...
Beyond Breaking Glass
Cormac DeBarre on Irish Harp
Tickets - £7.00 (£6.00 concessions)
Beyond Breaking Glass is an original piece which was specially written for the
Edinburgh Festival 1998. It traces Hazel's history from before Breaking Glass right up to
the present day, using dialogue, songs, slides and puppets. The performances is a gripping
story but also serves as a warning to anyone intending a career in the music industry. The
truth will out in the end.
Whatever happened to Hazel O'Connor?
In the beginning was ... a film! Well, that's not quite true. Even before the success
of Breaking Glass, Hazel O'Connor had established herself as a very talented performer. In
fact, if you remember the kids television series Metal Mickey you may even remember Hazel
as Roberta. However, in 1980 it was Breaking Glass that catapulted her to fame ... if not
fortune ... and established her as one of the generation's most prolific songwriters.
Since starring in Breaking Glass, a performance that earned her the Variety Club Award
for Best Film Actress, and a BAFTA nomination, Hazel has worked continuously. Television
projects, have included jangles for HTV, Prospects for Euston Films and Fighting Back for
the BBC. In the theatre she has appeared at The Royal Exchange, Manchester, the Riverside
Studios, Hammersmith and extensively in Dublin where she exploited the opportunity to get
away from her Queen of Punk image, to demonstrate her versatility by playing many
differing roles, and staging her own play Sing Out Sister.
Since the release of the soundtrack for Breaking Glass, which reached number five in
the UK album charts at the same time that the single Eighth Day climbed to the same spot
in the singles charts, Hazel has released numerous albums. Sons and Lovers came after
Breaking Glass and that was followed by Cover Plus in 1981 and Smile in 1984. To Be Freed
was released by Sony music, in 1993, as were Over The Moon - Live in 1994 and Private Wars
in 1995. In 1996 Hazel realised a long-held ambition by releasing a self-owned album, Live
In Berlin. Two years later she repeated this feat with Five In The Morning.
A limited edition of the voice and harp performances from Beyond Breaking Class also
been released and includes a haunting version of her UK hit Will You?
Edinburgh Reactions ...
"Her rendition of Will You? was spellbinding. An uplifting experience"
"Every year one fringe shows stands out from the rest. This year, streets ahead of
the mediocre stand-up and would-be sell-outs, was one of the most genuine shows I have
seen in a long time ... Beyond Breaking Glass establishes Hazel O'Connor as much more than
an 80s icon. If anything, her voice is richer now and stronger, her acting quietly
observed and intimate, and if you ever get a chance to see her don't think twice ... just
Edinburgh Central Telegraph.
MORE INFORMATION: Cath Pitkethly 01203 846 703