Introducing... Broken Rose


Impatience is a virtue. It always gets things done quicker; getting them done better is not the issue, at least you’re flying along by the seat of your pants in a slipstream somewhere, and probably having a delightful time doing it.

So that’s me. Miss Impatient. I’m the kind of girl who’s already reaching for the button on her jeans before she’s closed the cubicle door because I’m having far too much fun bumbling along to waste extra seconds in the loo.

And that’s Broken Rose; performance that wants to show off now, and not later when it could be more practiced. No. That would ruin the aesthetic. We’re here to teach something primal. Here to tell a story of love, hatred, and someone who never made it by others’ standards, but by some other warped one, one day you’ll see their name in ‘effing lights.

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Broken Rose

With thanks to Original Fuse Designs.


A short interview of Gemma Connell for Broken Rose Performing Arts company regarding what the company is about, what it aims to achieve and how you can get involved.

Filmed and edited by Francesca Hughes of Original Fuse Designs -

Choreography by Gemma Connell


The story of an introverted creative who finally takes a step outside and into the unknown.

Broken Rose Performing Arts’ first short film.
Written and Directed by Gemma Connell

Walking Girl - Sarah Milton
Hands - Gemma Connell
With thanks to members of Warwick Street Vibe for the dance rehearsal scene.
“Untitled” by AFI
“This Time Imperfect” by AFI
“Affliction” by AFI

Footage from the Tongue-in-Cheek Eccentrics dance parade which took place in June 2009, as part of Warwick Student Arts Festival, at Warwick University.

The parade moved between two different stages and involved the swapping of music and costumes between dance styles. This footage is that which was choreographed by Gemma Connell, now the artistic Director of Broken Rose, who used this project as inspiration for her performing arts company.

For more Broken Rose and Tongue-in Cheek footage, check out the Broken Rose channell - or the website -

Huge thanks go to Samilia E for filming and editing this for us.

The original idea of Broken Rose came in the summer of 2008, when I decided to organise a dance parade on campus at Warwick University the following year. The name of this parade was “Tongue-in-Cheek” and, with the help of many university students, some with and some without dance training, I tried out a few ideas for what would eventually become Broken Rose.

Here is a video from summer 2009 of a selection of “Tongue-in-Cheek” rehearsals.

Excuse the shakey camera.
Choreography: Gemma Connell
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A montage of rehearsal videos and photos from a university project.

Written and directed by Gemma Connell, Jay Saighal, Yasaman Haghighat and Elizabeth Holmes.

Gemma Connell - Ophelia/Nurse 1
Jay Saighal - Roy Cohn/Nagg
Yasaman Haghighat - Dr. A/Nurse 2
Elizabeth Holmes - Hamm/Nell.

All actors also play various different patients.

“Such Great Heights” by Postal Service
“A-Punk” by Vampire Weekend
“The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” by Postal Service
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