Theatre review: Beyond Breaking Glass

Hazel O'Connor. Picture: Comp
Hazel O'Connor. Picture: Comp
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IF nothing else, regular Fringe goers at the Pleasance Courtyard will appreciate Hazel O’Connor’s autobiographical ‘one woman show’ Beyond Breaking Glass for her wonderful musician Cormac de Barra’s harp accompaniment.

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Pleasance Courtyard

A refreshing and welcome change to the usual pianist half lit by the glow of the lead’s spotlight.

Collaborating musically for the past 15 years, O’Connor and de Barra have been touring with Beyond Breaking Glass since 1998.

What they really appreciate about delivering compelling theatre is that narrative and human interest are the most important elements of a show.

O’Connor delivers her story in a breathy, fast-paced monologue, seldom pausing and always staying on track, there is, after all, rather a lot to get through - the international restlessness of her teens, her punk music career, the death of her mother.

Her story is in turns dramatic, funny and moving. Punctuated by songs from each of the eras of her life she explores, the show is also a beautiful example of the evolution of a musician and their work.

At its core, Beyond Breaking Glass is a pithy morality tale about the perils of fame, the freedom that artistic expression can bring and the rewards of choosing love and family over money.

Run ends Monday