Showcase for new musical HALF BROKEN THINGS

Project by Nikki Racklin

We are staging an industry showcase of our brand-new musical HALF BROKEN THINGS and would be thrilled if you could support us.

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The Musical

Based on the novel by Morag Joss

Book & Lyrics by Nikki Racklin
Music by Elizabeth Charlesworth

Directed by Tania Azevedo

"Maybe one day
These half broken things
Will be living like kings"

HALF BROKEN THINGS is a stage-musical adaptation of Morag Joss’s Silver Dagger award-winning novel. This much-feted psychological thriller was also made into a film in 2007, starring Penelope Wilton, Daniel Mays and Sinead Matthews.

With its folk influence, strong choral sound and unsettling undertones, HALF BROKEN THINGS hints at rural England of days gone by, but it's very much a story for today, dealing with themes of loneliness and social dislocation. HALF BROKEN THINGS is, above all, about the hardiness of the human spirit and the power of family.

When an isolated house sitter, posing as 'lady of the manor', takes in a depressive petty thief and a pregnant runaway, they form a makeshift family, spiralling into a dysfunctional fantasy existence that they’ll go to any length to protect.

We are deeply passionate about this story and are delighted to have director Tania Azevedo on board. 

The aim of our showcase is to invite potential partners – theatres and producers who could work with us to help take this musical to the next level, ultimately bringing it to the public.

To stage our showcase, we need to fund the following:

  • Director’s fee
  • MD’s fee
  • Fees for 4 actors
  • Fees for a band consisting of MD/Piano, Clarinet, Accordion, Cello and Percussion
  • Theatre rental (Tristan Bates Theatre)
  • Rehearsal studio rental


A lonely, self-effacing house sitter who’s spent her life caring for her mean-spirited adoptive mother. Facing enforced retirement and with nothing left to lose, Jean decides to pass herself off as the owner of graceful Walden Manor.

A chancer with a skill for mimicry and a history of depression, Michael's life changes forever when he answers the advert Jean places, looking for her imaginary long-lost son.

A young mother-to-be, on the run from an abusive relationship. Despite her fragile looking exterior, Steph is as tough as nails.

Jean’s adoptive mother, who continues to taunt her from beyond the grave.


NIKKI RACKLIN – Bookwriter & Lyricist

Nikki has won numerous international awards for her RTÉ-commissioned web series CUCKOO. She wrote the book and lyrics for the all-female musical FIRST LADIES, for Youth Music Theatre UK. LOVE ME TO DEATH, her modern opera about Ruth Ellis, was performed at the Barbican Pit Theatre, and is currently being developed for this summer's Tête à Tête Opera Festival. Nikki is also writing the lyrics for a stage musical version of Jennie Buckman’s award-winning radio play, DEPTFORD WIVES.


Elizabeth was one of three inaugural composers on Youth Music Theatre’s Triptych Programme, an international competition for female composers. Her musical A LIE was performed at the Mac in Belfast and the Lyric Hammersmith, while THE MIDNIGHT FLOWER PRESS was performed at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth. Collaborating with Nikki, Elizabeth wrote the music for Youth Music Theatre UK’s FIRST LADIES. Elizabeth has also received commissions from Nottingham Theatre Royal and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.


Tania co-founded Play Pen Productions. Directing credits include HELLO AGAIN by Michael John LaChiusa, PAPER HEARTS for Edinburgh Fringe (OFFIE nominated for Best Director), and Upstairs at the Gatehouse, TENDERLY (New Wimbledon Theatre), XY (The Other Palace), PLOTS (TRSE and Citizens Theatre), THE BOW MAKER (National Theatre Scotland), PIECE OF SILK (The Hope Theatre), THE SIGNALMAN (Vault Festival) and THE TOYBOY DIARIES (Hope Mill Theatre).


Half Broken Things, performed by Nikki Racklin

Requiem pour pianos 10 - teaser trailer photograph by Romain Thiery


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