Singer, Actress, Hopeless Dreamer

    2 Jul 2013

    Most of you may know by now that I’m writing a musical with my best friend. Our musical is about the untold stories of bullying. On sunday 23rd June 2013, we debuted one of our songs from the show in London and this is how it turned out.


    The song is sung from the perspective of a mother who is being abused and bullied by her teenage daughter. Everyone keeps asking her if she’s ok and this song is her saying ‘They keep asking and I keep swearing everything is fine’ but deep down, she knows there’s a problem but she cant see a way through it.

    Let me know what you think of the song. Just trying to get a feel for people’s reactions to the new music

    (Source: michellerachel)

    26 Jun 2013

    Most of you may know by now that I’m writing a musical with my best friend. Our musical is about the untold stories of bullying. On sunday 23rd June 2013, we debuted one of our songs from the show in London and this is how it turned out.

    The song is sung from the perspective of a mother who is being abused and bullied by her teenage daughter. Everyone keeps asking her if she’s ok and this song is her saying ‘They keep asking and I keep swearing everything is fine’ but deep down, she knows there’s a problem but she cant see a way through it.

    Let me know what you think of the song?

    5 Jun 2013

    Always Love presents Always Music

    On Sunday 23rd June 2013, some of London’s best young musical stars bring you an evening of stripped back musical theatre, premiering new work and reinventing well-loved classics. Performers including Michelle Cox (Singer for the Pre-Show party at this years Grammy’s), Helen Hart (Rent), Joel Ballard (All Shook Up), Nathan Lodge (Ushers: The Front of House Musical) and singer-songwriters Rebecca Zoe and Moa Bergstrom along with pianist David Cobbald explore the stories behind the songs.

    The concert will raise production funds for Intesa, Always Love’s new musical premiering in November during national anti-bullying week. The proceeds from the production will go to Stonewall and the Anti-Bullying Alliance. 

    Performers: Michelle Cox, Joel Ballard, Moa Bergstrom, David Cobbald, Ross Harmon, Helen Hart, Nathan Lodge, Rebecca Zoe, David Booth.



    Tickets £10. Doors 6.30 / show 7.30.


    Performing at the well known ‘Pheasantry’ in Chelsea, and singing songs from not only musicals but also songs featured on hit shows like Glee and Smash. This night is one not to be missed!


    To book tickets click here

    8 May 2013

    Please go like our new non-profit organisation’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/alwayslove.uk) and follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/alwayslove_uk) for more information about our up coming concert.


Always Love was created by friends Michelle Cox and Tanja Hansson after they decided they wanted to find a way to work towards a better world. Their aim is to help those in need, through a variety of mediums from live theatre and charity concerts, to random acts of kindness. Michelle has previously owned another theatre company - Deeva Productions - where she raised over £3000 for various charities. Tanja has worked closely with human rights campaigns across the world and is very passionate about equality. She has raised over £10,000 for various charities and causes.This exciting, fresh new company are currently writing an original musical about the untold stories of bullying, which will premiere in London in November 2013. Follow us to keep up to date with our events and shows. 

    Please go like our new non-profit organisation’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/alwayslove.uk) and follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/alwayslove_uk) for more information about our up coming concert.



    Always Love was created by friends Michelle Cox and Tanja Hansson after they decided they wanted to find a way to work towards a better world. Their aim is to help those in need, through a variety of mediums from live theatre and charity concerts, to random acts of kindness. Michelle has previously owned another theatre company - Deeva Productions - where she raised over £3000 for various charities. Tanja has worked closely with human rights campaigns across the world and is very passionate about equality. She has raised over £10,000 for various charities and causes.

    This exciting, fresh new company are currently writing an original musical about the untold stories of bullying, which will premiere in London in November 2013. Follow us to keep up to date with our events and shows. 

    30 Apr 2013

    Intesa - Untold stories of bullying


    Please help us fund our new original, hard hitting musical about the untold stories of bullying. Click here to contribute to our project. Please like and reblog to help get the word out there. One of the stories in our show, is inspired by Tumblr so it would mean a lot to us if we could get funded :D

    Synopsis of the Musical

    INTESA - UNDERSTANDING IS THE KEY TO KNOWLEDGE

    We are not born mean, or homophobic, or racist or sexist. It’s the environment and influence of those closest to you. We are taught the behaviour we have. 

    We are so busy with our lives, that we never take time to notice anyone else. Sometimes, people just need an ear to listen. People are so quick to judge others, but what would you think if you really knew their story? This hard hitting new musical tackles the untold stories of bullying from the people you’d least expect. The mother who’s being bullied by her teenage daughter. The businessman who’s hiding his pain, while every day he gets taunted at his workplace. The girl who is just trying to fit in with her friends. The homeless guy, not really living, but surviving. This show takes you on an emotional roller coaster as we discover just how bullying and intimidation affects even the strongest of people.

    The name of the show derives from the Italian language. The word ‘Intesa’ means ‘Understanding’. If people understood what others went through, would they still turn a blind eye? 


    Short Summary

    Always Love was created by friends Michelle Cox and Tanja Hansson after they decided they wanted to find a way to work towards a better world. Their aim is to help those in need, through a variety of mediums from live theatre and charity concerts, to random acts of kindness. Michelle has previously owned another theatre company where she raised over £3000 for various charities. Tanja has worked closely with human rights campaigns across the world and is very passionate about equality.

    We decided we wanted to try and raise money for organisations close to our heart. So we set about writing our own musical. The issues we address in the show are ones often overlooked when discussing the topic of bullying. Having both been bullied at a younger age, the project is very important to us, to try and get the message out there that they don’t have to deal with it alone.

    With your contribution, we will be able to give more of the final sales from the show, to charity and make a difference.

    What We Need & What You Get

    How will your money help us? Your contribution will make the show as big as it deserves to be. We will be able to pay for the theatre, which means all of the box office sales will go to charity. If we manage to raise a little more than our target, then we can market the show even more and hopefully change a lot of lives with our story.

    We have some great perks for those who are kind enough to contribute to our show including signed scripts, backstage VIP meet and greets with the cast, exclusive Always Love merchandise and much more.  

    The Impact

    The stories of bullying we are telling are those of people often overlooked by society. The homeless man, cyber bullying, the mother being abused by her daughter, the middle aged business man and for once, hearing the bully’s story. Our aim with the show is to try and raise awareness of these often taboo subjects. To make people stop and think about the way they are and the way they are treated. To spread the message ‘always love’. (See what I did there?)

    Between us, we have previously raised over £15,000 for charity through theatre shows, fund raisers and campaign work.

    Other Ways You Can Help

    If you feel you can’t contribute, don’t worry! You can still help us by getting the word out there for us about our organisation and the campaign. We want to try and make sure we have a sell out show so we can raise a large amount of money for these charities, and bring to light these issues.

    You can help us by liking and promoting our facebook page (www.facebook.com/alwayslove.uk)

    or

    Follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/alwayslove_uk)

    or just help us share this campaign with the world!

    Together, we can beat bullies :)

    21 Apr 2013

    INTESA - UNDERSTANDING IS THE KEY TO KNOWLEDGE

    So this is the synopsis for our new hard hitting musical. Just out of curiosity, if we did a kickstarter, who would be interested in contributing?



    We are not born mean, or homophobic, or racist or sexist. It’s the environment and influence of those closest to you. We are taught the behaviour we have. 

    We are so busy with our lives, that we never take time to notice anyone else. Sometimes, people just need an ear to listen. People are so quick to judge others, but what would you think if you really knew their story? This hard hitting new musical tackles the untold stories of bullying from the people you’d least expect. The mother who’s being bullied by her teenage daughter. The businessman who’s hiding his pain, while every day he gets taunted at his workplace. The girl who is just trying to fit in with her friends. The homeless guy, not really living, but surviving. This show takes you on an emotional roller coaster as we discover just how bullying and intimidation affects even the strongest of people.

    The name of the show derives from the Italian language. The word ‘Intesa’ means ‘Understanding’. If people understood what others went through, would they still turn a blind eye?

    21 Apr 2013

    Bullying Musical

    Been so inspired tonight, started writing the script for our musical and it’s already so good. I think you guys will really like it. One of the character’s stories touches on cyber bullying and the effects it has (E.G Driving people to cut or even commit suicide). Another character is bullied for being gay, another is bullied by their teenage daughter…..

    Basically this hard hitting musical will bring to light the issues of bullying that are usually forgotten or untold. The music will be edgy and emotional, and the show will leave you questioning the way you look at the world.

    I will write a full synopsis soon, but i’m so excited about this!

    Just out of curiosity, if we started a kickstarter, who would be interested in contributing?

    23 Mar 2013

    New Musical



    So I am writing a new musical based on Bullying, and the effects of it on everyone, not just teens but in all aspects of life. It’s gonna be heartbreaking, emotional, natural & raw. I haven’t been this excited about creating new work ever!


    Any more bullying stories you guys wanna share with me for research please get in touch. I’m using them as inspiration. None of them will feature in the musical but the emotions and feelings are what I’m trying to create an idea of. 


    Don’t forget to like my facebook page too where everything will be updated with news of casting and such for the musical, once its completed. Got some exciting things happening soon so go like the page now! -  facebook.com/michellerachel

    22 Mar 2013

    michellerachel:

    So I’m looking to do a bit of research. If you’ve been bullied or have been a bully, tell me your story.

    I want to know how you felt, how people reacted, what you think could have been done……everything you want to tell me. I’m looking into as many forms of bullying as I can: cyber bullying,…

    Still looking for more stories. You guys have been so brave opening up to me about this, like I didnt expect it. But it’s been so enlightening, and I definitely have a greater understanding of what people go through. For this I’m so grateful!

    20 Mar 2013

    Bullying

    So I’m looking to do a bit of research. If you’ve been bullied or have been a bully, tell me your story.

    I want to know how you felt, how people reacted, what you think could have been done……everything you want to tell me. I’m looking into as many forms of bullying as I can: cyber bullying, gay bullying, bullying in the work place………anything.


    Inbox me, I’m not here to judge, just research for a new project. You can submit anonymously here. No one else will see these, just me. It’s going to be for a hard hitting play that I’m putting on in London, to show people that something small that you do, can affect others in a big way, and you may not see it as bullying, but it is. It’s an eye opening new drama, but I need as much real and honest research as I can get.


    SPREAD THE WORD!

    22 Nov 2012

    Exactly how I feel right now….

    You, with your words like knives
    And swords and weapons that you use against me
    You have knocked me off my feet again
    Got me feeling like I’m nothing
    You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard
    Calling me out when I’m wounded
    You picking on the weaker man

    You can take me down with just one single blow
    But you don’t know, what you don’t know…

    Someday I’ll be living in a big ol’ city
    And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
    Someday I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me
    And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
    Why you gotta be so mean?

    You, with your switching sides
    And your wildfire lies and your humiliation
    You have pointed out my flaws again
    As if I don’t already see them
    I walk with my head down
    Trying to block you out ‘cause I’ll never impress you
    I just wanna feel okay again

    I bet you got pushed around
    Somebody made you cold
    But the cycle ends right now
    ‘Cause you can’t lead me down that road
    And you don’t know, what you don’t know…

    Someday I’ll be living in a big ol’ city
    And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
    Someday I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me
    And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
    Why you gotta be so mean?

    And I can see you years from now in a bar
    Talking over a football game
    With that same big loud opinion
    But nobody’s listening
    Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things
    Drunk and grumbling on about how I can’t sing
    But all you are is mean

    All you are is mean
    And a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life
    And mean, and mean, and mean, and mean

    But someday I’ll be living in a big ol’ city
    And all you’re ever gonna be is mean, yeah
    Someday I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me
    And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
    Why you gotta be so?..

    Someday I’ll be living in a big ol’ city (Why you gotta be so?..)
    And all you’re ever gonna be is mean (Why you gotta be so?..)
    Someday I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me (Why you gotta be so?..)
    And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
    Why you gotta be so mean?

    22 Nov 2012

    Cyber bullying…..

    I really don’t understand why people send anon hate :( I DO take it personally, I do react badly, I’m only human. I don’t like anyone feeling anger or hatred towards me. I’d much rather you just tell me if I am doing something that makes you annoyed, then I can do something about it. Just sending hateful messages, hiding behind a screen isn’t achieving anything other than making another person feel horrible and upset. I genuinely don’t know how celebrities deal with so much hate. Cyber bullying is cowardly and immature ;(

    19 Oct 2012

    29 Jul 2012

    I think people underestimate what hurtful words can do to a person. And once they are said, no other words can cover up the hurt.


    ‘If words could physically hurt, our bodies would be covered in wounds and bruises.’


    Why does it seem that hurtful words are more powerful than kind ones? I often wonder this. I’ve said it before, but I truly believe that words have the power to hurt, discourage and dishearten even the strongest of people.

    Even after posts have been deleted, a sorry said, a word is taken back…it still affects the person you’ve said these to.


    Words have power. They can either lift you up or tear you down. What you say makes a difference. What others say also makes a difference, although many will disagree and say, “It doesn’t matter what others say about you” —- sometimes it does.’


    Think, before you slate someone, before you throw hurtful or spiteful words at them. Would you like to be in their situation and recieve the verbal abuse?


    ‘There are words which sever hearts more than sharp swords; there are words the point of which sting the heart through the course of a whole life.’ 


    23 Jun 2012

    Don’t let your past define your future. It may be hard to let go of what has happened in your past, but instead of dwell on it turn it into something positive.

    Don’t let your past define your future. It may be hard to let go of what has happened in your past, but instead of dwell on it turn it into something positive.