In theatre, a farce is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are exaggerated and thus improbable. Farce is characterized by physical humor, the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense, broadly stylized performances, it is often set in one particular location, where all events occur. Farces have been written for the film; the term farce is derived from the French word for "stuffing", in reference to improvisations applied by actors to medieval religious dramas. Forms of this drama were performed as comical interludes during the 15th and 16th centuries; the oldest surviving farce may be Le Garçon et l'aveugle from after 1266, although the earliest farces that can be dated come from between 1450 and 1550. The best known farce is La Farce de maître Pathelin from c. 1460. Satyr play Phlyax play Menander's Dyskolos Atellan Farce Plautus' Aulularia Querolus Xu Zhuodai, "The Fiction Material Wholesaler" Zhang Tianyi, "The Bulwark" Zhang Tianyi, "The Pidgin Warrior" Zhang Tianyi, "Mr. Hua Wei" Yang Jiang, "Forging the Truth" Devils on the Doorstep God of Cookery Kung Fu Hustle The Boy and the Blind Man, 13th century, oldest written French farce.
La Farce de maître Pierre Pathelin The Liar Molière: Tartuffe Molière: The Miser Voltaire: Candide Labiche: La Cagnotte and other plays. Alfred Hennequin and Alfred Delacour: Le Procès Veauradieux Georges Feydeau: Le Dindon Octave Mirbeau: Farces et moralités. Georges Feydeau: A Flea in Her Ear Marc Camoletti: Boeing Boeing and Pyjama pour Six Jean Poiret: La Cage aux Folles Carl Laufs and Wilhelm Jacoby: Pension Schöller Franz Arnold and Ernst Bach: Wochenende im Paradies Miles Tredinnick with Ursula Lyn and Adolf Opel:... Und Morgen Fliegen Wir Nach Miami Farces are popular in Marathi and Gujarati language theatre. A few such examples: Zopi Gelela Jaga Zala Dinuchya Sasubai Radhabai Pala Pala Kon Pudhe Pale To Gholaat Ghol Idhar Udhar Dekh Bhai Dekh Khichdi Instant Khichdi Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Kareena Kareena F. I. R. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai Comedy Nights with Kapil "The Kapil Sharma Show" Dario Fo: Morte accidentale di un anarchico known as Accidental Death of an Anarchist was first played on December 5, 1970 in Varese, Italy Japan has a centuries-old tradition of farce plays called Kyōgen.
These plays are performed as comic relief during the serious Noh plays. Following stage shows of Umer Shareef are popular: Bakra Qistoon Pay Buddha Ghar Pe Hai Yes Sir Eid, No Sir Eid Akbari Asghari Aunn Zara Azar Ki Ayegi Baraat Aleksander Fredro: Zemsta, 1834 Gabriela Zapolska: The Morality of Mrs. Dulska, 1906 Sławomir Mrożek: Tango, 1964. IMDb list of film and television farces
Dame Julie Mary Walters is an English actress and writer. She is the recipient of four BAFTA TV Awards, two BAFTA Film Awards, a BAFTA Fellowship, a Golden Globe, she has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, in the categories of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Walters came to international prominence for playing the title role in Educating Rita, it was a role she had created on the West End stage and it earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. It won her a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, she received a second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in the 2000 film Billy Elliot, which won her a BAFTA. Her other film credits include Personal Services, Prick Up Your Ears, Stepping Out, Sister My Sister, Girls' Night, Titanic Town, Calendar Girls, Wah-Wah, Driving Lessons, Becoming Jane, Mamma Mia! and its sequel, Brave and its sequel, Effie Gray, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Mary Poppins Returns. She played Molly Weasley in seven of the eight Harry Potter films.
On stage, she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress for the 2001 production of All My Sons. On television, she collaborated with Victoria Wood, appeared with her in several television shows including Wood and Walters, Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Pat and Margaret, Dinnerladies, she has won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress four times, for My Beautiful Son, The Canterbury Tales, for her portrayal of Mo Mowlam in Mo. She starred in A Short Stay in Switzerland in 2009, which won her an International Emmy for Best Actress. In 2006, she came fourth in ITV's poll of the public's 50 Greatest TV stars in Britain. In 2008, she released. Walters was born in St Chad's Hospital, Birmingham, the main maternity hospital for Smethwick in Staffordshire, her parents, Mary Bridget, a Roman Catholic postal clerk born in County Mayo and Thomas Walters, an English builder and decorator, lived at 69 Bishopton Road, near Lightwoods Park, in the Bearwood area of Smethwick. The youngest of five children and the third to survive birth, Walters had an early education at a convent school and at Holly Lodge Grammar School for Girls on Holly Lane in Smethwick.
"It was heaven when I went to an ordinary grammar school", she said in 2014, although she was asked to leave at the end of her lower sixth because of her "high jinks". In an interview with Alison Oddey, Walters said about her early schooling: "I was never going to be academic, so suggested that I try teaching or nursing I'd been asked to leave school, so I thought I'd better do it."Her first job was in insurance at the age of 15. At 18 she trained as a student nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and worked on the ophthalmic and coronary care wards during the 18 months she spent there. Walters decided to leave nursing, studied English and drama at Manchester Polytechnic, she worked for the Everyman Theatre Company in Liverpool in the mid-1970s, alongside several other notable performers: Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite, Jonathan Pryce, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale. Walters first received notice as the occasional partner of comedian Victoria Wood, whom she had met in Manchester; the two first worked together in the 1978 theatre revue In at the Death, followed by the television adaptation of Wood's play Talent.
They went on to appear in their own Granada Television series and Walters, in 1982. They continued to perform together over the years; the BAFTA-winning BBC follow-up, Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, featured one of Walters's best-known roles, Mrs Overall, in Wood's parodic soap opera, Acorn Antiques. Before making her London stage debut in Educating Rita, Walters had worked in regional theatre, stand-up comedy and cabaret, her first serious acting role on TV was in the classic Boys from the Blackstuff in 1982, she broke into films with her Academy-Award-nominated, BAFTA Best Actress award-winning and Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical/Comedy award-winning performance opposite Michael Caine in Educating Rita, a role she had created on the West End stage. In 1985, she played Adrian Mole's mother, Pauline, in the TV adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Walters appeared in the lead role of Cynthia Payne in the 1987 film Personal Services – a dramatic comedy about a British brothel owner.
She played the lead character's wife, June, in the film Buster, released in 1988. She appeared as Mrs. Peachum in the 1989 film version of The Threepenny Opera, renamed Mack the Knife for the screen. In 1991, Walters starred opposite Liza Minnelli in Stepping Out and had a one-off television special, Julie Walters and Friends, which featured writing contributions from Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale. In 1998 she starred as the Fairy Godmother in the ITV pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, alongside actors Neil Morrissey, Adrian Edmondson, Paul Merton, Denise van Outen and Julian Clary. From 1998 until 2000 she played Petula Gordeno in Victoria Wood's BBC sitcom Dinnerladies. In 2001, Walters won a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Arthur Miller's All My Sons, she received her second Oscar nomination and won a BAFTA for her supporting role as the ballet teacher in Billy Elliot. In 2002, she again wo
Complex is an American New York-based media platform for youth culture, founded as a bi-monthly magazine by fashion designer Marc Milecofsky. Complex reports on trends in style, pop culture, music and sneakers with a focus on streetwear, sneaker culture, hip hop, graphic art. Complex reached over 90 million unique users per month in 2013, across its owned and operated and partner sites and YouTube channels; the magazine ceased publication with the December 2016/January 2017 issue. Complex has been named by Business Insider as one of the Most Valuable Startups in New York, Most Valuable Private Companies in the World. Complex CEO Rich Antoniello was named among the Silicon Alley 100. In 2012, the company launched an online broadcasting platform. Complex was established in 2002 by the founder of the Eckō Unltd. Brand, Marc Ecko, as a print magazine aimed at providing young males a report of the latest in hip hop and pop culture without regard to race; the name Complex evolved from a slogan developed to promote the Eckō Unltd.
Website: "Ecko.complex". The idea was to create a men's magazine that combined Eckō's streetwear and hip hop attitude along with the style of Japanese men's magazines by providing consumer guides; this was achieved by creating a magazine in two sections: one traditional magazine, the other a shopping guide. In 2005, Complex was joined by the former senior editor of Noah Callahan-Bever, he became editor-in-chief and chief content officer a year later. By 2006, Complex had begun to turn a profit which allowed the magazine to consider an expansion of their online presence. In April 2007, Complex soft-launched a media network with four websites: NahRight, Nice Kicks, SlamxHype and MoeJackson. In September 2007, Complex launched Complex Media in order to capitalize on the trend toward digital content. In 2010, ad sales grew 154%. According to comScore, Complex got 12 million unique hits in March 2012; this encouraged large brands such as Coors, AT&T, Ford, McDonald's, Nike and Apple to advertise within the collective.
Complex now includes over 100 sites. In 2011, Complex acquired Pigeons & Planes, an indie music and rap blog, brought their total sites to 51 with monthly traffic of 25 million uniques. In 2012, Complex launched Four Pins, a humorous menswear site, edited by Fuck Yeah Menswear author Lawrence Schlossman. In 2013, Complex launched the dance music site Do Androids Dance and Green Label, a branded content site presented by Mountain Dew; that year, Complex acquired the sneakerhead culture magazine and website Sole Collector. On November 4, 2013, Complex premiered a new logo and cover design on Instagram that would appear online, as well as on the December 2013 Eminem cover issue. In 2013, Complex partnered with Mountain Dew to launch "Green Label" an entertainment and culture website. In 2014, Complex launched an NBA-themed website called "Triangle Offense" in a partnership with Bacardi rum. In August 2014, Complex ranked #3 in the United States in a ComScore survey of unique visitors between the ages of 18 and 34 with 20.3 million in that demographic per month.
In January 2015, Complex announced its acquisition of Collider, the online source for movies, breaking news, incisive content, imminent trends. Collider.com reaches over 3 million monthly unique readers powered by a team of ten writers, including founder and Editor in Chief Steve Weintraub. In February 2018, Complex sold Collider.com to former head-of-video Marc Fernandez. In 2015, Do Androids Dance was merged into Complex. In 2016, Four Pins was closed. In 2009, Complex raised $12.8 million from Austin Ventures. In September 2013, Complex secured $25 million in a second round of funding from Iconix Brand Group, who own Rocawear, Eckō Unltd. and Umbro, among others. On April 18, 2016, Complex was acquired by a joint venture of Hearst Communications and Verizon Communications, Verizon Hearst Media Partners; the venture emphasized a goal of building "a portfolio of the emerging digital brands of the future for the millennial and Gen-Z audience", proposed that Complex would develop content for Verizon-owned AOL and go90.
Complex became known early on for split format. Complex covers combined celebrities from across music and sports. For example, Mos Def and David Bowie appeared together on the cover of the August/September 2003 issue; some of Complex's early covers included Nas, Tony Hawk and Xzibit and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mos Def and David Bowie. In 2007, Complex gave Kim Kardashian her first-ever magazine cover. Complex has since expanded to interactive digital covers. Complex TV launched in 2012 as an online broadcaster of original content. Nathan Brown, a long-time video development and production executive, serves as general manager of Complex TV and Video. In December 2013, a subsidiary of Complex TV, Complex News, was launched, focusing on day-to-day news. In 2014, Pluto.tv added Complex Media as a content partner in an attempt to challenge traditional TV. Complex Content Studio is supported by an 18-person editorial team. On November 10, 2017, a block of Complex TV series began airing on the U. S cable network Fuse under the Complex x Fuse banner.
Complex TV has produced more than two dozen original shows, which include: In 2014, Complex won "Best Original Non-Scripted Video Series" at the Digiday Video Awards for "Magnum Opus". Rich Antonie
The Jaguar E-Type, or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market, is a British sports car, manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world; the E-Type's 150 mph top speed, sub-7-second 0 to 60 mph acceleration, monocoque construction, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, independent front and rear suspension distinguished the car and spurred industry-wide changes. The E-Type was based on Jaguar's D-Type racing car, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three consecutive years beginning 1955, employed what was, for the early 1960s, a novel racing design principle, with a front subframe carrying the engine, front suspension and front bodywork bolted directly to the body tub. No ladder frame chassis, as was common at the time, was needed and as such the first cars weighed only 1315kg. On its release in March 1961 Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car made".
In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in The Daily Telegraph online list of the world's "100 most beautiful cars" of all time. Outside automotive circles, the E-type received prominent placement in Diabolik comic series, Austin Powers films and the television series Mad Men; the E-Type was designed and shown to the public as a rear-wheel drive grand tourer in two-seater coupé form and as a two-seater convertible "roadster". A "2+2" four-seater version of the coupé, with a lengthened wheelbase, was released several years later. Model updates of the E-Type were designated "Series 2" and "Series 3", over time the earlier cars have come to be referred to as "Series 1." As with other hand made cars of the time, changes were incremental and ongoing, which has led to confusion over what a Series 1 car is. This is of more than academic interest, as Series 1 E-Types—and Series 1 roadsters have values far in excess of Series 2 and 3 models.
Some transitional examples exist. For example, while Jaguar itself never recognised a "Series 1½" or "Series 1.5," over time, this sub-category has been recognised by the Jaguar Owners Club of Great Britain and other leading authorities. The "pure" 4.2-litre Series 1 was made in model years 1965–1967. The 4.2-litre Series 1 has serial or VIN numbers 1E10001 - 1E15888, 1E30001 - 1E34249. The Series 1.5 left hand drive roadster has serial numbers 1E15889 - 1E18368, with the hardtop version of the Series 1.5 having VIN numbers 1E34250 - 1E35815. Series 1.5 cars were made in model year 1968. The Series 1 cars, which are by far the most valuable fall into two categories: Those made between 1961 and 1964, which had 3.8-litre engines and partial synchromesh transmissions, those made between 1965-1967, which increased engine size and torque by around 10%, added a synchronised transmission, provided new reclining seats, an alternator in place of the prior dynamo, an electrical system switched to negative earth, other modern amenities, all while keeping the same classic Series 1 styling.
The 4.2-litre Series 1 E-Types replaced the brake servo of the 3.8-litre with a more reliable unit. "The 4.2 became the most desirable version of the famous E-Type due to their increased power and usability while retaining the same outward appearance as the earlier cars."As of the end of 2014, the most expensive regular production Jaguar E-Types sold at auction included a 4.2-litre Series 1 roadster, with matching numbers, original paint and interior, under 80,000 original miles, a history of being in the original buyer's family for 45 years and a 1961 "flat floor" Series 1, selling for $528,000 in 2014. Special run racing lightweights go for far more still. For example, a 1963 E-type Lightweight Competition advertised as original and with lots of patina, one of just twelve that were built, sold for $7,370,000 at the 2017 Scottsdale, Arizona auctions. Being a British-made car of the 1960s, there are some rather rare sub-types of Series 1 E-Types at the beginning and end of the Series 1 production.
For example, the first 500 Series 1 cars had flat floors and external bonnet latches. At the close of the Series 1 production run, there were a small number of cars produced that are identical in every respect to other Series 1 units, except that the headlight covers were removed for better illumination, it is not known how many of these Series 1 cars were produced, but given that 1,508 Series 1 roadsters were produced worldwide for 1967, combined with the fact that these examples were made in just the last several months of Series 1 production, means that these, like the flat floor examples that began the Series 1 production run, are the lowest volume Series 1 variant, save of course for the special lightweights. Worldwide, including both left and right hand drive examples, a total of 7,828 3.8-litre Series 1 roadsters were built, with 6,749 of the 4.2-litre Series 1 roadsters having been manufactured. While the 1968 Series 1.5 cars maintained the essential design of th
Ian Charleson was a Scottish stage and film actor. He is best known internationally for his starring role as Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire, he is well known for his portrayal of Rev. Charlie Andrews in the 1982 Oscar-winning film Gandhi. Charleson was a noted actor on the British stage as well, with critically acclaimed leads in Guys and Dolls, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Fool for Love, Hamlet, among many others, he performed numerous Shakespearean roles, in 1991 the annual Ian Charleson Awards were established in honour of his final Hamlet. The awards reward the best classical stage performances in Britain by actors aged under 30; the Houghton Mifflin Dictionary of Biography describes Charleson as "a leading player of charm and power" and "one of the finest British actors of his generation". Alan Bates wrote that Charleson was "definitely among the top ten actors of his age group". Ian McKellen said Charleson was "the most unmannered and unactorish of actors: always truthful, always honest".
Charleson was diagnosed with HIV in 1986, died in 1990 at the age of 40. He requested that it be announced after his death that he had died of AIDS, in order to publicise the condition; this was the first celebrity death in the United Kingdom attributed to AIDS, the announcement helped to promote awareness and acceptance of the disease. Born in Edinburgh, Charleson was the son of a printer, grew up in a working-class area of the city. A bright, artistic child, by the age of eight he was performing in local theatre productions, he attended Edinburgh's Royal High School. He sang solo as a boy soprano in church and in the Royal High School choir, which performed on the radio and in Edinburgh Festival concerts. Charleson won a scholarship to the University of Edinburgh, which he attended from 1967–1970, obtaining a three-year Scottish MA Ordinary degree. Charleson studied architecture. However, he spent most of his time acting with the student-run Edinburgh University Drama Society, decided to pursue acting as a career.
He changed his study concentration accordingly, graduated with a degree in English, fine art, mathematics. In addition to his acting roles at Edinburgh University, Charleson directed many plays there, he designed costumes for several as well. From 1967 through 1973, Charleson performed at the Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, becoming a noted actor in those circles. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh – where he played leads in dozens of productions, including numerous Shakespeare plays – Charleson won a place in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he studied for two years. From LAMDA, Charleson was hired by Frank Dunlop's Young Vic Theatre Company, he made his professional stage debut in 1972 with the Young Vic, as one of the brothers in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, televised in the UK that same year by Granada Television. In 1973, he starred as Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger, that year he was Hamlet and Guildenstern in the first revival of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
As part of the Young Vic company, Charleson was Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing in 1974. He traveled with the company to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York that same year, to appear as Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, Ottavio in Scapino, Brian Curtis in French Without Tears. In 1975, he played the title role in Hamlet in a Cambridge Theatre Company touring production; the performance garnered good reviews. Charleson made his West End debut in 1975, in a long-running production of Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged at the Queen's Theatre. In it he played a surly Scottish lodger, opposite Alan Bates, he next appeared at the National Theatre, where he performed Octavius in Julius Caesar in 1977. That year he played Peregrine in the classic play Volpone, opposite John Gielgud, Captain Phoebus in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Charleson spent a year in Stratford-upon-Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Company 1978–79. There he performed. With the RSC, he was Lawrence Vail in an acclaimed production of Once in a Lifetime at the Aldwych Theatre, he played Pierre in the Jane Lapotaire vehicle Piaf, giving a performance which caught the eye of the filmmakers of Chariots of Fire.
In the 1980s, Charleson won particular critical and popular acclaim for his starring roles at the National Theatre. He was a glowingly reviewed Sky Masterson in Richard Eyre's enormously successful revival of the musical Guys and Dolls, opposite Julie Covington as Sister Sarah, with Bob Hoskins as Nathan Detroit and Julia McKenzie as Adelaide. Charleson received an Olivier Award nomination for Actor of the Year in a New Play as Eddie in Sam Shepard's gritty and physical two-person drama, Fool for Love, opposite Julie Walters as his on-again off-again love object, and he was a praised Brick, the repressed homosexual protagonist in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, opposite Lindsay Duncan. Shortly before his death, while ill from AIDS, from 9 October to 13 November 1989 Charleson performed his second run of Hamlet, this time at the National Theatre – giving a definitive performance which garnered m
Hazel O'Connor is a British singer-songwriter and actress. She became famous in the early 1980s with hit singles "Eighth Day", "D-Days" and "Will You", as well as starring in the film Breaking Glass. O'Connor was born in England, she is the daughter of a soldier from Galway who settled in England after the Second World War to work in a car plant. Her film debut was in Girls Come First in 1975, she became prominent as an actress and singer five years in 1980 when playing the role of Kate in the film Breaking Glass, performing its accompanying soundtrack. I ran away from my home in Coventry when I was 16.....made and sold clothes in Amsterdam, picked grapes in France, joined a dance troupe that went to Tokyo onto Beirut traveled West Africa, crossed the Sahara, sang with a dreadful singing trio for the U. S. troops in Germany and came home to "settle down". Through all this experience of life and the world I realized. I decided to be a singer. Through strange turns of fate I ended up in a film called'Breaking Glass' I ended up writing all the songs for the movie.
Her performance as Kate won her the Variety Club of Great Britain Award for'Best Film Actor'. She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music; the film's soundtrack album featured songs written and performed by O'Connor and reached number 5 in the UK Albums Chart. It 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, the opening act were 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. Subsequent albums released by O'Connor included Sons and Lovers, Cover Plus, Private Wars and Five in the Morning. O'Connor collaborated with other artists, made appearances in the video for Mick Karn's "The Sound Of Waves" and a cameo appearance in the 1983 Eurythmics video "Who's That Girl?".
O'Connor donated her songwriting talents to Greenpeace First International Record Project released worldwide in 1985 as a response to the French bombing and subsequent sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. Her duet song "Push and Shove" with Chris Thompson leads off the second act of the album and accompanying video, she has made numerous television appearances, starring in Jangles on British television and in 1986 playing the lead role of Vivienne in Fighting Back as well as singing the theme tune. She played a singer in an episode of Prospects on Channel 4 in 1986 resulting in the release of two spin off singles alongside former Breaking Glass actor Gary Olsen, her theatre work included One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Royal Exchange, Nightshoot at the Tricycle Theatre, Girlfriends at the Playhouse, Swing Out Sister, her own production, at the Riverside Studio, The Raven Beckons at the Riverbank Theatre and The Cuchulain Cycle at the Riverside Studio, London. In 1997 she recorded the studio album Five in the Morning with record producer, co-writer and guitarist, Gerard Kiely.
The album included the song "Na Na Na". A live album, Live in Berlin, followed; 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 in 1998 and toured the UK, the Netherlands and Canada. In 2002 she signed to Invisible Hands Music, which triggered a run of new releases and deluxe re-issues of her 1990s work. A commercially available reincarnation of the mail-order Beyond the Breaking Glass was followed by a unreleased acoustic concert, Acoustically Yours. In 2003, Invisible Hands Music released O'Connor's first-ever official best of compilation, A Singular Collection, which brought together her early hits from the Albion days, mid career work at RCA, the best of the latter, DIY era. To add something new to the best of compilation, O'Connor recorded a cover of her friend George Michael's hit "One More Try", with a band that included drummer Carlos Hercules, who at the time was playing for Annie Lennox and Beverley Knight.
Hercules joined George Michael's band in 2006. The track was released as a single, generated extensive airplay and renewed interest in O'Connor – the following year saw her perform at the Glastonbury Festival. Hidden Heart, produced by Martin Rushent and including duets with Maire Brennan and Rob Reynolds, was released in the UK in 2006, her 1984 album Smile was reissued on CD in 2008. In 2008, O'Connor performed for the second time at the Glastonbury Festival, playing an acoustic set on the Avalon stage. In 2009, O'Connor performed as part of the'1980s Here and Now' tour at many venues including Wembley Arena, she continued to tour extensively with her own solo projects,'Beyond the Breaking Glass' and'Bluja Project'. In 2009 she was awarded her own star on Coventry's'Walk of Fame'. In September 2010, O'Connor performed in France with The Bluja Project featuring Clare Hirst and Sarah Fisher, in Ireland in October with Cormac de Barra, she performed'Breaking Glass Live' throughout England, culminating in a show at the Leicester Square Theatre in London on 5 December 2010.
O'Connor married artist Kurt Bippert in 1987. The ceremony took place on California, it received coverage by Hello! magazine. The actor David Rappaport was best man, Dave Wakeling from The Beat gave O'Con