Monday, 7 October 2013

Halloween Cabaret!

Following a bit of radio silence after Rocks & Hard Places, we’re finally back in full production swing and are happy to announce our next event, which will be a Halloween Cabaret.

This is a one night only fundraiser for our fledgling production company and we will be raising funds for our next full-length production, Animus, which we plan to take to the Edinburgh Fringe next summer.

The night will take place at a wonderfully unique venue in the heart of Chelsea: and you can expect an eclectic and vibrant evening of songs, sketches and poems. It will feature material from several exciting new writers (including yours truly) alongside extracts from Shakespeare. Expect all your favourite Halloween monsters and even a pumpkin.

Directed by Sophie Moniram

Featuring Colin Sell of Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

Thursday 31st October at Worlds End Studios

7:45pm til late (bar opens 6:30pm)

Tickets £12.50

Book online:  or by phone: 0207 349 7183

There will be limited tickets on the door, so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Fancy Dress welcomed!

We hope some of you are able to make it along to support us.

Tanja x

Friday, 2 August 2013

And The Press Say.....?

Boy, oh boy. Talk about cloud 9. We're chuffed to pieces with our very first company reviews. Only doing a 1 week run, we were warned that we may not even get press.... but low and behold, a special few did come. And they ENJOYED IT.  Quite a lot, actually *cue lots of jumping around like a hyperactive child with the candy jar*.

I know people say you shouldn't read your press - but we say PISH to that! Besides, when they are this complimentary, we're doing nothing short of shouting it from the roof tops.

You can read both reviews by following the below links:

What's Peen Seen Review

Live In London Review

And what did you think of the show? We'd LOVE to hear your thoughts.

'Rocks & Hard Places' Promo Video is here....

Below is a link to our promo video for the show, shot and edited by the talented Louis Orchison - whom i cannot reccomend highly enough.

Plus, the press reviews have started to come in - and boy - we're excited by them!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Rocks Press Release

PRESS RELEASE 8 July 2013               

Breaking Thirty presents

Rocks and Hard Places
by Tanja Mariadoss

Tuesday 30 July to Saturday 3 August 2013
Performances at 7.45pm  

Tracey is a Switchboard Operator sick of working for The Man. Stella is an East End Fishmonger trying her luck on reality TV. Sarah and Sophie are estranged school friends attempting an ill-fated reunion. Mari makes peace at her mother’s grave whilst Loretta gate-crashes her childhood sweetheart’s wedding.

Separate lives. Separate stories. But what these women share is the strength of spirit and resilience to survive when the world is up against them.
Bringing together new writing with a selection of hand-picked show tunes, Rocks and Hard Places is a unique fusion of drama, comedy and music, packed in to an evening of theatre that promises to entertain.

Rocks and Hard Places is Breaking Thirty’s debut production.

Listings Information

Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
410 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2DH

Box office:
or 0844 8700 887

30 July to 3 August  
Performances Tuesday - Saturday at 7.45pm

Tickets: £10 (all tickets) (Suitable for 16+) 

Venue contact: Karl Swinyard

Notes to editors:

Breaking 30

Breaking 30 is founded by East 15 graduates Tanja Mariadoss and Susanna Goldsworthy, Rocks and Hard Places being its debut production.  Breaking 30 sets out to be bold, be brave and have heart. Life is so wonderfully absurd, humans so predictably bewildering and day-to-day existence so jam-packed full of delicious moments that sometimes the only way to understand and celebrate it, is to put it on the stage.

Tanja Mariadoss

Tanja‘s first play, Carcinoma, was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Royal Exchange Award ’06 and received commendation by Old Vic New Voices and BBC Writersroom.

She has since worked with Walking Forward Theatre Company. Her play Wasted, an educational drama sponsored by Transport for London, currently tours the UK. Other collaborations include work with Stand Up Drama’s London Bites, Page To Stage and Rogue Writers at the Canal Café Theatre. Her 15 minute monologue, I Just Called, reached the final of Off Cut 2010.

Her short play Let There Be was the winning play in the Audience Award  category of Off Cut 2011, the full-length reached the  shortlist for Write Now 4 at the Brockley Jack. Her short play Into The Light was performed at The Arcola Theatre at Miniaturists December 2011 and was shortlisted for Taleblazers at The Southwark Playhouse 2012.

For further information including images contact Tanja Mariadoss at

Rocks and Hard Places

Written by:      Tanja Mariadoss

Directed by:    Amanda Hill

Cast:               Susanna Goldsworthy, Tanja Mariadoss

Creatives:        Pianist: Alex James Ellison, Lighting/Sound Operator: Paul Williams

Monday, 8 July 2013

The Birth of 'Breaking 30'

Back in 2011 at around about the time when Susie was sat on a  rock somewhere in the Galapagos islands facing-off a Komodo Dragon - I was sat in a lonely Lebanese café in North London when I whipped out my phone and messaged her on Facebook: 'I have a plan for world domination - it involves you, it involves me, and it involves theatre'. In a split second I had made an impulsive decision that can be summarised very nicely by something I read online earlier today: Complaining is pointless. Either act or forget. I had decided. I was going to produce my own show.

As soon as I'd made this decision, I  immediately regretted it. The prospect of producing my own work scared the life out of me. What if it was crap? What if people hated it? What if I can't act anymore? What if my writing is mediocre at best? What if we make a loss? What if we forget our lines? What if no one shows up? What if I get run over by a bus the day before our opening night and then there'd be no show at all?  For years I'd let these fears hold me back - but then I found myself thinking about the alternative. Did I want to be the woman who, ten years down the line looks back and says 'I wish I'd have done that'. No one wants to be that person. Certainly not me. Better to have tried and failed than to not have tried at all. Someone said that. I think it was Tennyson?  I've probably misquoted him. You get my point.

So, once Susie had stopped swanning around the globe with strange, wild  animals (I'm talking about James, her boyfriend, who grew a mammoth yeti-like beard over 9 months), I sat her down over coffee and unveiled my grand plan for theatrical world domination.

"We're going to do a show". There was a pause while she sipped her drink.

Yes, on reflection, this moment wasn't quite as dramatic as perhaps I'd imagined. BUT, the point is - we were going to ACT. And so, Rocks & Hard Places began to take shape.

We sat down and brainstormed what we thought was a good formula to please the average fringe-going audience. We weren't setting out to break boundaries with some great political statement. We weren't setting out to create a piece of theatre full of controversy that would divide our audience and force them to question and debate its content. No, quite simply, we wanted to entertain. To tell a good story (or 5 as it transpires). To make an audience laugh and cry and smile and clap. And if we could do all of that, and do it well, with integrity and punch - then we would be happy. It wasn't quite going to be world domination, but it was a good place to start.

So what would be our magic formula? Well, we would keep it short and we would keep it sweet. And like any good recipe, we felt the key was about balance. A sprinkle of comedy, a dash of  drama, a pinch of tragedy and a squeeze of song and music to bring our dish to life. A tapas of theatre!  We would offer our audience a selection of bite-size pieces of all of these things so that they could leave feeling they'd got value for money.

We needed good ingredients. We already had our meat  - that's me and Sue. She's leaner - but with me you get crackling. So, something for everyone :)

Our veg would be my writing - which I have grown in my allotment (insert whitty pun) for nearly ten years without pesticides. Organic writing.

Then we called on Colin Sell, ex Head of Music at East15, for our musical sauce. We needed help picking songs that would reflect the themes of the writing. You can't serve a Riesling with beef, for instance. It was important we picked the right songs for the right moments. Colin came up trumps and picked a selection of songs that we think fit the bill perfectly.

Now we needed a chef. Too many analogies?  Probably. But I've committed now so I'm going to see this through.

Amanda Hill would be our Director. Our Gordon Ramsey. Tough when we needed it. Swear and curse at us if we were crap. Push us hard in the rehearsal room. Make us use ingredients we hadn't necessarily thought of ourselves.. But we know we'll get the best dish possible at the end of it with her on board. Both Susie and I have worked with Amanda in the past. She directed us back at East15 in a gritty production of 'Men Should Weep' by Ena Lamont Stuart. To this day, it remains one of our favourite theatrical experiences.

We recruited talented pianist, Alex James Ellison (fresh out of Mountview's Musical Theatre course) - to play our music on the night. He's the bread and butter to soak up the sauce. Our lighting and sound operator is East15 Technical course graduate Paul Williams - our salt and pepper without whom, everything would be bland.

We booked a week at the Jack. Signed ourselves up and committed.

We then began sweating quite a lot.

About 300 'pep talk' calls between me and Sue followed. They went like this:

Pick up phone. Dial. One of us answers.

A: Hello?

B: I'm getting The Fear.

A: F**k off. We'll be fine.

Hang up. Go drink wine.

We got publicity photos taken by the supremely skilled Nic Dawkes. We borrowed the beautiful couture dresses for that shoot from friend and designer Chris Clyne.

We put together our marketing. We were just about to go to print when….

We realised we needed a company name.

We scratched our heads.

Then we thought back to that moment at drama school when we were all on the cusp of being booted out the theatre doors into the big, wide world. Our acting tutors gave both Susie and I the same cryptic message upon leaving: "It will happen, but not until your 30s". Neither of us had a clue what this meant. 9 years later we're still trying to figure it out. But we decided to make these words our mantra.

And thus, Breaking 30 was born…

At the moment it's just a name. Breaking 30 is me and Sue pedalling away hard at our dreams. You remember that scene in The Labyrinth when that great, rotating, metal machine drills its way through the tunnel towards Sarah and there's no escape? Then remember the bit when she dives for cover and it passes her by - and behind the wheel are those two cheeky little trolls happily bobbing up and down turning the cogs. That's us. That's Breaking 30. Two happy trolls labouring away at getting a machine through a tunnel.

Except camper.

And sexier.

And without David Bowie as the boss. (Well, you can't have everything).

Want to come and make up your own mind on what exactly we are? Then book here.