Taken at Òran Mór, Glasgow in November 2017, Hazel O’Connor was born in Coventry, England and rose to fame as an actress and singer in 1980 when playing the role of Kate in the film “Breaking Glass”.
She wrote and performed its accompanying soundtrack and won her the Variety Club of Great Britain Award for ‘Best Film Actor’. She was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.
The film’s soundtrack album reached number 5 in the UK Albums Chart and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry. Several tracks from the album were released as singles, the most successful being “Eighth Day” and “Will You” which both reached the UK Top 10. When O’Connor toured the UK to promote the album, she selected as her opening act a then-unknown group called Duran Duran. It was the band’s first opportunity to play to large audiences throughout the UK and gave them the exposure they needed to secure a recording contract.
The turn of the century saw O’Connor tell her life story in a touring show entitled Beyond Breaking Glass, with harpist, Cormac de Barra. The show was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and toured the UK, the Netherlands, Australia and Canada. The show occasionally is resurrected and restaged throughout the UK.
The 2017 tour took in 15 dates over the length and breadth of the UK.