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Natasha Sutton Williams

Natasha Sutton Williams is an award winning writer, actor and journalist. She is a member of the Soho Theatre Writers' Alumni Group. Her plays have been performed at multiple London venues, including Southwark Playhouse, Arcola Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, King's Head Theatre, Brasserie Zedel, Chelsea Theatre, Bunker Theatre, Rosemary Branch Theatre, Waterloo East Theatre, Space Theatre, and Angel Comedy Club. She will blog about her latest research and development project Lesbian Pirates! – the untold true story of ruthless, maverick, queer 18th century pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read. They met while cross-dressing as male pirates, fell in love, slaughtered swathes of men, stole treasure and escaped execution. Previously erased from history, this inspiring, rebellious, and incendiary female narrative will use original music and a disabled cast to bring to life a sexy, violent and turbulent world.

Posts by Natasha Sutton Williams

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Passengers – a nuanced account of what it is like to experience Dissociative Identity Disorder

Natasha Sutton-Williams caught a preview of Kit Redstone’s Passengers – taking audiences on a journey through Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) – at London's Omnibus Theatre before it's Edinburgh Fringe run until 25 August. The experimental, non-linear Passengers takes its audience on a winding journey through the mind of Max. The only ...

Jellyfish: making the invisible visible

Following a sold-out run at the Bush Theatre last year, Sarah Gordy returns to play Kelly in 'Jellyfish' written by Ben Weatherill at the National Theatre from 5 -16 July. Natasha Sutton-Williams interviewed actor and playwright about the process of writing and performing this ground-breaking play. Jellyfish is a progressive and ...

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Going Through: the emotional journey of a child’s solo migration across countries

The Bush Theatre's production 'Going Through' illuminates the realities of child migration through the deaf experience. Natasha Sutton Williams spoke to actor Nadia Nadarajah, director Omar Elerian and translator Kirsten Hazel Smith about their creative process and how they blended English, British Sign Language, Creative Captioning and Visual Vernacular into ...

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“Be the Forest Fire” Playwright Ross Willis on his debut play Wolfie

Wolfie, the debut play by disabled playwright Ross Willis is a fantastical fairytale following two twins separated at birth, which looks at life in and after the care system. It plays Theatre503 20 March-13 April. Natasha Sutton Williams spoke to Ross Willis ahead of its premiere. Ross Willis is an up-and-coming ...

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Invisible Cabaret: Being Anti-Shame is Pretty Thrilling

In an interview with Natasha Sutton-Williams, Invisible Cabaret cofounders and performers Rosalind Peters and Rochelle Thomas bear all in their mental health focussed cabaret at VAULT Festival in London. Invisible Cabaret are a burlesque and cabaret troupe that perform vaudeville-style variety shows devoted to raising mental health awareness. Through the mediums of ...

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Mental Health Burlesque and Life-Saving Blood Hounds at VAULT Festival

VAULT Festival is back, bringing over 400 shows including theatre, comedy, immersive, experiences, cabaret, live performance and late night events. This is their most diverse festival yet, with 53% female-led work, 25% LGBTQ+ work and 11% disability-led work. Natasha Sutton Williams spoke to the VAULT programming team, and four theatre ...

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vessel – A Meditative Study on the Power of Language

Writer, director and BSL interpreter Sue MacLaine (creator of the award-winning Can I Start Again Please?) returns to the stage with a new show that connects the personal with the political. Review by Natasha Sutton-WIlliams In vessel, Sue MacLaine has created a quietly hypnotic show utilising the bodies and voices of ...

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Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence uncover attitudes towards disability

Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence shine a spotlight on prejudices against disabled people in their latest touring production 'Still No Idea'. Review by Natasha Sutton-WIlliams Actors Lisa Hammond, Rachael Spence and their director Lee Simpson have created a genuinely innovative show using verbatim, improvisation, comedy gags and musical numbers. With these ...

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vessel – the new work by Sue MacLaine Company, explores historical and contemporary ideas of activism

In conversation with Natasha Sutton-Williams, about her new work 'vessel', theatre-maker Sue MacLaine poses the question "Who is silenced and who is allowed to be visible?" Sue MacLaine is one of the most sought after BSL Interpreters in the theatre world and is known for challenging and interrogating ideas of accessible ...

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Still No Idea: Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence tread the boards in a new adventure

Presented by Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence with Improbable and the Royal Court Theatre, Still No Idea revisits the original production, which toured the UK in 2009. Natasha Sutton-Williams unravels the concept behind the piece due to tour the UK in a new format, this autumn. "The public are trying to ...

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Graeae Ensemble’s ‘Hurricane Protest Songs’ hits the head and the heart with one swift punch

Graeae’s Ensemble of young theatre makers recently showcased a breakthrough production as part of the learning process, interweaving spoken word poetry, movement, music and storytelling. Review by Natasha Sutton-Williams Graeae's Ensemble training programme has produced a group of dynamic, engaging and theatrical performers who have worked with leading disabled artists from ...

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This Is Not For You: A Battle Cry for Those Who Demand To Be Heard

Graeae highlight the injustices incurred by disabled veterans from the First World War as well as the men and women affected by more recent conflicts, in an epic outdoor production. Working with the National Centre for Circus Arts, Graeae has trained 25 disabled veterans in performance especially for the piece. Review ...

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Libby’s Eyes: Questioning Society’s Gaze from a Disabled Perspective

Presented by Poke in the Eye Productions, Libby’s Eyes sits firmly in the modern sci-fi genre that is populating contemporary UK stages. With shows like Lazarus at King’s Cross Theatre, Instructions for Correct Assembly and Alistair McDowall’s X at the Royal Court, Libby’s Eyes is located in a world that ...

Back to Back push the physical, aural and visual boundaries of contemporary theatre

Australian theatre company Back to Back are an ensemble of actors with perceived intellectual disabilities who co-author and perform their work. Their latest show Lady Eats Apple at the Barbican is part of LIFT 2018, a theatre festival that celebrates unconventional, radical, international theatre. Review by Natasha Sutton Williams For over ...

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Four Directors Give Four Reasons to be Graeae

To mark the launch of Graeae’s new book Reasons to Be Graeae which charts the history of the company which was founded in the early 1980s, Natasha Sutton Williams talked to four Graeae directors whose work has spanned the decades. They give four major insights into what makes Graeae so ...

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Going Underground VAULT Festival: London’s Biggest Arts Explosion

Deep down inside the subterranean underworld beneath Waterloo Station lie the Vaults. Here in these cavernous bunkers you will find yourself immersed in the biggest performing arts festival in London. Natasha Sutton-Williams previews four of the top disability shows. There are over 300 shows to choose from at VAULT Festival, ranging ...