Hi, thanks for dropping in and taking a peek at Break A Leg, my name’s Helen McWilliams and I set this blog up in 2013. It’s taken off in ways I could never have imagined, from being a West Midlands based theatre review blog to being able to include UK wide venues and productions. You might also find me checking out the latest gigs or Stand Up Comedy shows too. I love live entertainment and I’ll go anywhere to review anything as long as the diary allows!

Some of my favourite theatrical experiences have occurred when they were highly unexpected. Steel Magnolias at The Hope Theatre last year, for example – that was one of my first introductions to off-west end theatre and the production still resonates. I’m also a massive fan of the musical, Blood Brothers and I could literally sit and watch it on a nightly basis. I still jump when the guns go off and cry like a baby. When it comes to music my taste is eclectic to say the least, it varies from Texas to The Searchers to The Prodigy to Dua Lipa to Buddy Holly. I could go on and I can’t narrow down my music favourites at all! Where comedy is concerned I’m in a similar situation, Sarah Millican is up there, with Lee Evans, Peter Kay, Lee Mack – all the usual suspects and there are some tremendously talented comedians who are up and coming too.

Enough of me and my likes, though – as you’ll see from my reviews and articles, I don’t tend to accept an invitation to review a show unless I have an inkling that I’m going to enjoy it. Hard work goes into putting on a production of any description and I take my hat off to everyone who sets off on such a journey. It’s not an easy one, I know, peppered with travel sickness, toilet stops and wails of “are we nearly there yet?”.

Last year I decided to recognise as many entertainment professionals as I could by instigating the Break A Leg Awards. It’s back again this year, bigger, better and with a public vote – so why not get involved: Break A Leg Awards 2017 while I leave you to it and stop wittering on!

Thanks for all of the support and please do pay a visit to the sister blog I set up for all things Telly and FilmTV & Movie Scene

Helen xx


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  1. I am interested in being interviewed on your blog and enjoyed the Rob Sinclair post. I also write thrillers. Thank you for considering me for an interview. My additional profession is practicing medicine – Ob/Gyn.

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