AN ACTRESS took the old line of "break a leg" a little too seriously when she ended up in a plaster cast during rehearsals for her upcoming play.
Amanda Grant, from Bournville, tore muscles and ligaments in her leg and ended up in a full-leg cast when she twisted her ankle exiting stage during the final technical rehearsal for the Hall Green Little Theatre's production of Roald Dahl classic The BFG.
She was rushed to Heartlands Hospital before being transferred to Selly Oak hospital where doctors told her she wouldn't be able to put weight on her right leg for at least nine weeks.
"I never really thought about not going ahead with the play," said Amanda. "It would have been much easier for me to give up but I really enjoy performing and I didn't want to let people down.
"At the last minute we had to work out how I was going to get on and off the stage in a wheelchair and on my crutches while at the same time worrying about how the other actors were going to work around me on stage."
Despite her injuries she is still taking on the challenge of performing three parts in the play including The Queen and orphanage owner Miss Plumridge.
Amanda, who lectures in youth work at the University of Birmingham, and who has only been with the theatre since Christmas, also thanked the Birmingham Mobility Centre in Robin Hood Lane, Hall Green, which provided her with a wheelchair to use for the play.
"I tried to get through the play using crutches and I did make it to the end but it was very tiring. It's much easier this way," she said.
The theatre group will be holding performances of The BFG until Saturday from 7pm to 9.30pm. For information or to buy tickets call 0121 707 1874 or visit www.hglt.org.