Breaking Glass Magazine – January 2021

A stone bridge over a river with this slogan stencilled on in light blue paint ‘No. I only sleep with girls I’m in love with’.

Breaking Glass Magazine – January 2021

Cover image © Ryan Bell

In the first lockdown back in the spring of 2020, I spent most of my government allocated exercise periods out and about on my bike, rediscovering my local area of Wakefield. Just aside a nature reserve, I came across this particularly striking piece of street art.

Upon first glance the text reads like a dramatic plea of innocence from some local libertine, more Jeremy Kyle than Jean Luc, but a quick google proved it was indeed pinched from Godard’s 1963 film Le Petit Soldat.

I was suitably impressed and finding Wakefield’s ode to 1960’s French New-Wave Cinema was one of the more welcome of the many surprises 2020 brought.

Words and photo © Ryan Bell

Here’s to many more welcome surprises this year. We will be running more photo galleries as well as individual photographer features – get in touch if you have images or a project you’d like to share. Wishing you all the very best for 2021.

1st January 2021

Breaking Glass Magazine – December 2020

Breaking Glass Magazine – December 2020

Cover image Snow Huts © 16 Beasley St Photography

Here we are then at the end of the longest, oddest year I can remember. Thank you to everyone who’s helped keep Breaking Glass going this year; creative people are amazing at finding different avenues to explore when their usual sources are taken away. I hope you’ve all found ways to get by without flipping from ballerina to cyberspace and, more importantly, are staying safe and well.

We have end of year galleries coming on the website soon; there’s still time to submit your photos if you’d like. And if you’re hankering after some seasonal music that’s not too full of party poppers and saccharine, have a listen to the new Chilly Gonzales album.

Look after yourselves and the people around you and, to paraphrase Jarvis Cocker, let’s all meet up in the year 2021…

Words and photos © Siobhan

1st December 2020

Breaking Glass Magazine – November 2020

Breaking Glass Magazine – November 2020

Cover image Moj Taylor performing Make-Up at Brighton Fringe
© 16 Beasley St Photography

After what has felt like the longest absence, it’s been a blessing to have live performance back, albeit it briefly and in a socially distanced fashion. Just as events across the UK have begun to creep back, the brakes are about to be applied again nationally after numerous local lockdowns. Brighton Fringe, renowned for its eclectic mix of theatre, comedy and spoken word, made a later in the year than usual appearance throughout October, having had to postpone its regular May spot. With artists and venues taking huge measures to keep things safe, there has at least been an opportunity for some performers and writers to debut new work to audiences.

The diversity of its programme is what makes The Fringe such an exciting prospect for all ages. The photos below show poetry and comedy from Kieran Hearty and Victoria Melody (top row) for Lava Elastic who run a regular neurodiverse night at Sweet Werks in Brighton. London troupe Let’s All Dance brought ballet to Alice in Wonderland and there was shadow puppetry in Anytime the Wind can Change from The New Shadow Cabinet (second row), both at Brighton Open Air Theatre. Any suitable venue can be transformed and a topical protest performance of Savage Beauty from Actors of Dionysus took place in a garden (third row). The header and final images are from Make-Up by No Logo Productions back at Sweet Werks, the story of a drag artist reflecting on their life and family relationships. The variety of shows on offer has been excellent and a very welcome escape, despite all the restrictions in place; fingers crossed that they will be able to deliver their full complement in 2021.

A huge shout out goes to everyone involved in supporting the arts whether through live shows, online streams, fundraising, promotion, performing or all the behind the scenes stuff that pulls everything together. For now, stay safe and look after everyone around you so we can get this back soon.

Words and photos © Siobhan

1st November 2020

Breaking Glass Magazine – October 2020

Breaking Glass Magazine – October 2020

Cover image: Megan © 16 Beasley St Photography

October 2020 sees Breaking Glass hit its second birthday – enormous thanks to everyone who has contributed over the last two years; it’s genuinely been a pleasure and privilege to have all your talent on board. As a new feature, we’re introducing cover images to head up the website for each month; if you’re a photographer and think you have an idea for an image that might work, drop us an email to discuss. As this is web rather than print based, the picture needs to be landscape format, have enough background space for text, as above, and should fit with the month, season or something topical.

This year has been a challenge for sure and I’ve loved all the In Lockdown features that offered a personal insight through photos into the impact on people’s lives. It’s heartening to see exhibitions opening and, after a long absence, it looks as though live music and performance are edging their way back into existence, albeit in a slightly different form. Here’s hoping that the music community will be able to pick up again soon, despite the ongoing and highly short-sighted lack of government backing. Keep supporting artists and venues where you can, stay safe and please wear a mask.

Siobhan, Editor
1st October 2020