This lyrical and immediate play moves between Scotland and a Twenty-First Century city under siege, where women in a war zone fight to stay alive, conjuring up memories, fragments of love and loss, as the night sky is lit up by heavy fire shaking them to their core.
Blessed was originally ignited by the Hall for Cornwall’s Bricks and Mortar project. In 2019 it undertook development at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, as part of their Open Submissions programme. It was also part of the of new writing in November 2019.
We’ll Meet In Moscow
“You have woken me up. You have shaken me up.”
A butch tells us a love story. It’s her story. It’s dizzying and its dangerous and it spans a hundred years. It’s a story about hope and resistance, the distances we travel, and the lengths we go to when falling in love.
Part of Shift Scot’s Pride Plays in Association with the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in February 2020.
Traverse Theatre Summer Festival 2021: August 10th – 31st. On demand audio drama.
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The Cause – An Overture of Rebellion and Revolt
1913. Revolution stings the air. In an orchard two women meet. Their actions have divided them. Divided a nation. Split their cause in two. What happens when the two women are suffrage leaders; Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett?
The Cause considers the impact of a lifetime of political campaigning on an individualAsking how far would you go for what you believe in? It also marks this centenary year of the first votes for some women in 1918. This dynamic production has an original musical score and film animation projected for thrilling visual effect.
A Dreadnought South West production.
Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme, Exeter City Council, Foyle Foundation, Fawcett Devon.
“I thoroughly enjoyed The Cause at the Assembly Rooms, on a cold night with a full house. In particular, I thought the script particularly strong and thoughtful, never didactic but reflecting the passion, despair and commitment of both women and the impossibility of reconciliation, both between their methods of gaining suffrage and in themselves. The performances were particularly strong and moving and gave added poignancy and depth to the story and political landscape in which the meeting was set.
“For me, as for many others I imagine, there were many contemporary resonances: #MeToo, obviously, with understated but very powerful observations of the abuse both women suffered, but also the current political hegemony, unequal pay and opportunity, male complacency and of course how power works and ultimately controls dissent.”
Paul Goddard, Arts Council England
Imagine that fifteen women gather. Together they map eight geographic arteries across England and Wales. Reaching out to a singular destination.
At Land’s End a group of women start putting one foot in front of the other. For them there is no road back.
What they want is to end child poverty.
What they want is to stop trafficking.
What they want is to end sweated labour.
And when these women become tens of thousands in Hyde Park it is July 26th 1913, and the women from Land’s End are there sharing the same oxygen.
In June 1913 the Great women’s suffrage pilgrimage begins.
A Dreadnought South West production. Funded by Arts Council England South West, Exeter City council and the Elmgrant Trust.
Coasting was developed through Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment platform and produced in the Studio.
In a down-at-heel, windswept seaside town. Ocean is swishing his hips, donning his kohl and play both ends against the middle. Pearl is playing the fruits, necking little green pills and dreaming of the next train out of town.
Falcon is dinning her uniform, falling for the wrong girl and taking risks that shake her carefully protected life into a thousand tiny pieces. And then there’s the dead man on the beach.
Coasting is an elegiac mix of 1980s pop culture language and Polari, gay slang from the 1940-50s and is set in a faded seaside town, following best friends Pearl and Ocean as they stay together making small change from slot machines and escaping reality any way they can.
A Bristol Old Vic production.
Even then the land has more language than me
We could see in the dark
You and me
We didn’t need the starkness of a day
A woman returns to Dartmoor after years of exile. Running away from what she has seen and ready to face what she left behind.
NWxSW Tour of six new short plays.
A Box Of Tricks production.
As I run
there is poetry in my body
in my arms there are doves
in my legs there is a river
and in my heart
a mountain that grows
As an athlete trains and dreams of Olympic success in Kenya’s Rift Valley, a woman on Exmoor puts on a pair of trainers that do not belong to her. Between both the volcanic fault-lines connecting them across continents.
A Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton production. Development funded by Arts Council England South West.
Awarded the Inspire Mark as part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012.
home yeah this city is a home with me innit innit again me heart blazin beatin no
longer under an Afghan sun got the patch got the corner the bomb that what they
call it yeah no running for cover here
Part of Bristol Old Vic’s short fuses season of short new plays for their Studio.
A young soldier returns home from Afghanistan after losing his best friend in combat.
A Bristol Old Vic commission and production.
like a border
at what is delicate
A soldier is posted to Iraq and her lover mourns her departure. A mother searches desperately for her son and a daughter becomes consumed by the beauty of the desert. Four women, all caught up in the crossfire search for personal liberation, understanding, hope and love. As unstoppable forces collide, brutality and tenderness meet.
Sometimes a heart wants to keep things hidden for a while.
A Theatre West commission and production. Part of a season of new plays in Bristol.
Shortlisted for the Meyer Whitworth Award at the National Theatre. This was Natalie’s first produced play.
That’s what I do
The way it goes
It’s 1998 and New Labour are in power. They’ve kicked off their heels and peace in Northern Ireland is a priority. The final negotiations for the Good Friday Agreement are coming to a close. In the middle of it all is Mo.
Originally developed by Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment platform and supported by their Literary Department. Readings of The Peace have taken place at Bristol Old Vic, Exeter Phoenix as part of Exeter Fringe 2019, Exeter Bikeshed Theatre and Exeter Boatshed.