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Newsletter January 2018

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Newsletter November 2017

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Press Release September 2017

Dreadnought South West wins National Lottery support for the Rebellious Sounds Archive of oral histories about women and their activism. Click here for full article Click here for pdf download

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Occupy The Airwaves 2017 Blog

Dreadnought South West with Phonic FM On International Women’s Day 2017 After months of planning and curation we finally had our 16 hours of radio broadcasting to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017. It was a big shift from 2016’s pilot,

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Newsletter March 2017

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Newsletter February 2017

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Occupy The Airwaves 2017

with Dreadnought South West and Phonic FM International Women's Day 2017 Wednesday 8th March click here for full details »

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Barbican Theatre Rebellious Sounds Writing Workshops 2016

EXPOLORING 100 YEARS OF WOMEN'S ACTIVISM IN THE SOUTH WEST Click here to view the Barbican Theatre workshop poster  

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Writing Workshop – Bodmin November 2016

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Calm Down Dear Festival, Exeter Bikeshed, 2016

Calm Down Dear Festival, Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter “It’s a sting”  says Sarah Moody, musician who we have brought in to join the company for this last burst of research and development on ‘The Orchard’. A sting is a musical interjection. 

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Newsletter September 2016

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Looking into Archives

Looking into Archives It’s very misty and the sea looks pretty choppy and wild, but I am thrilled to be back in Penzance.  Home of the Hypatia Trust, whom I am meeting with later on today.  I’m really excited to

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Lucienne Boyce

Lucienne Boyce writes historical fiction and non fiction. Her first historical novel, To The Fair Land (SilverWood Books) an eighteenth-century thriller set in Bristol and the South Seas, was published in 2012. Her second novel, Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster

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A Sharing

A Sharing (Then something devastating happens): Jo Cox MP would have been 42 years old today. Last week her life was cut short.  Taken from her. We were in the studio locked in a bubble working on Dreadnought’s new play

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Discordance and The Orchard

Discordance and The Orchard Back in the studio. It’s May 2016, and we are getting back into the studio to re-ignite the collaboration with MD and composer Claire Ingleheart.  We also want to bring in a third performer.  To find

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Newsletter April 2016

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Newsletter November 2015

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Newsletter October 2015

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Newsletter August 2015

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Newsletter July 2015

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Returning to The Orchard 2016

Returning to The Orchard Returning to The Orchard after nearly a year away from it has been revealing.  Last year there was the exciting Rebellious Sounds Roadshow of scratch readings and rich audience dialogues across the South West. Here we

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Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year! We hope that this finds you all well. 2015 is already proving a rich and eventful year for us here at Dreadnought HQ, with some wonderful news to share with you: we have recently received funding from

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Land’s End and Beyond

I'm sat in the auditorium of the beautiful Orange Tree Theatre today, where the company are working Oxygen for the space, which is in the round.  Another new space, another new configuration.  Amazing to the see the 'bones' as they

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Oxygen Review – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

On 13 July 2013 Review by Sue Gordon Oxygen, a new play, by Natalie McGrath, tells the story of a group of women who walked from Land’s End to Hyde Park in the Summer of 1913 as part of  the

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Beginnings of Oxygen

It seems quite a long time now since the development of the script of 'Oxygen' for Dreadnought South West began.  It is strange, but useful to be reflecting upon its journey now we are into the tech week of rehearsals

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Jane Duffus from THE F WORD

You could say that 2013 has been a good year for emancipation of women. Colliding with the centenary of Emily Wilding Davison's death at the Epsom Derby in 1913, we've enjoyed a raft of new suffrage books this year, Clare

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Oxygen Review – Trinity Centre

Reviewed by Rosemary Wagg Summer 2013 marks the centenary of Emily Wilding Davison’s death after falling under the King’s horse at Epsom Derby. Unsurprisingly for an historical figure with a secure place on the school curriculum, this anniversary has sparked

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Oxygen Review – Exeter Insider

For what cause would you give up six weeks of your life, leaving your home and family to walk 300 miles? Would you be willing to go to prison for this cause? To endure force-feeding twice-daily, suffering broken ribs, a

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Oxygen Review – Remote Goat

Four stars It's a sunny summer evening and the sisters are out in force. At dusk there's a sense of expectation in Exeter's Rougemont Gardens enhanced by rugs and hampers. The women (plus a few of the others – about

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Oxygen Review – Western Morning News

It could be their costumes, the walking boots, long skirts, straw hats and suffragette-coloured ribbons they are wearing, but as soon as the cast of Oxygen take to the stage there is no doubting the fact that we are about

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Oxygen Review – The Stage

Natalie McGrath’s beautiful and uplifting play celebrates a group of women who walked from Land’s End to Hyde Park in the Great Suffrage Pilgrimage of June 1913. It was a call answered by women all over the country, who converged

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Oxygen Review – Rougemont Gardens

A week ago today, just as the sun started shining on Devon I went to see Oxygen at the Rougemont Gardens in Exeter.  Not only was the weather perfect, but the location couldn't have been more historically ideal; the Rougemont

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Katie Newstead – blog entry

I’ve known Natalie McGrath for eight years now, since she taught me AS-Level Film Studies, and have always admired the passion and enthusiasm she brings to any project. So last summer, when she first told me about Dreadnought South West,

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Rebecca Hulbert

Rebecca Hulbert trained for three years at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in acting. She has worked extensively in theatre, film, television and radio in London before returning to Cornwall where she has worked with local theatre

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Michelle Ridings

Michelle Ridings is a theatre artist based on the Devon/Somerset Borderlands. A performer and director, Michelle trained in theatre and writing for performance at Dartington College of Arts where she also specialised in Vocal Studies. She has worked on productions

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Rachel Rose Reid

As an actress, Rachel has appeared in productions including The Wild Party (Riverside Studios); Pins and Needles (Cock Tavern, Time Out Off-West-End Musical of the Year); The Folk Contraption (Old Vic Vaults  / London Wonderground). She has toured internationally in

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Stevie Thompson

Stevie trained in Performing Arts at the University Of Northumbria and then in Commedia Dell’Arte with Antonio Fava at the Scuola Internazionale Dell’Attore Comico, Reggio Emilia, Italy. Theatre includes: numerous shows for the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, including ‘The Odyssey’,

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Carolyn Tomkinson

Theatre:  Irish Blood, English Heart (Trafalgar Studios); 1984, Northern Broadsides; Great Expectations and Tom's Midnight Garden, Library Theatre, Manchester; Under The Blue Sky, (u/s Catherine Tate), Duke of Yorks Theatre; Night Bruises The City, Southwark Playhouse; The Recruiting Officer and

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DSW first blog

As the very first full DSW blog I thought I would just say a little bit about how the project itself got started.  Partly because I am responsible for us being where we are.  Other partly because it just seems

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Josie Sutcliffe – Director

Josie has over thirty years experience as a director, performer and lecturer, working in education, the arts and communication for business in the UK and internationally. In the UK this has included work with Theatre Clwyd, Derby Playhouse, Chichester Festival Theatre,

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Natalie McGrath – Playwright

Natalie is currently working on 'Oxygen'; for Dreadnought South West, Summer tour 2013.  She is also Joint Project Director for DSW.  Most recently she wrote 'Exodus' for Box of Tricks Theatre Company's Word:Play/NWxSW tour 2013 www.boxoftrickstheatre.co.uk .  Natalie is a collaborator

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Kerrie Avery – Creative Producer

Having a wide experience of project and production management in theatre, production touring, live music, site specific productions, public space works, television and live events; Kerrie has developed a considered and knowledgeable practice for producing creatively admired and functionally balanced

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Charlotte Bister – Stage Manager

Charlotte graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and drama and got her first touring job with Miracle Theatre, Cornwall in 2008. She then went on to form Cornish-based company 'Owdyado Theatre, of which she is co-artisic director, actor and

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Catherine Cartwright – Waymarker Artist

Catherine is an artist, facilitator and tutor and a Director for Double Elephant Print Workshop, Exeter, UK.  Through her artist practice Catherine explores, document and raises awareness of human rights through creating work and exhibiting, art action and participatory workshops. Women’s

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Sophia Clist – Designer

From a background of sculpture Sophia creates installations, sets and objects, puppetry and costume for performers and audiences to inhabit, manipulate and transform.  Much of her work is participatory and interactive, collaborating with artists in dance, theatre, music, film, and

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Sally Crooks – Production Manager

Sally has over 10 years of experience in managing touring theatre and comedy. She is also an established actor, producer and teacher. She trained as a clown at the school of Philippe Gaulier, Paris, in 2007 and graduated with a

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Belinda Dillon – PR and Marketing

Belinda has more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry, as a journalist, feature writer, copyeditor and editor, working on daily, weekly and monthly titles including: The Oil Daily, Financial Times Telecoms & Media, Neon, Cable Guide, Devon Life,

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Claire Ingleheart – Musical Director

Musical Director, Multi-Instrumentalist, Choir Director, Workshop Leader, Associate Lecturer. Shows with Wildworks Theatre:  Musical Director for Babel, The  Passion with Michael Sheen, Beautiful Journey Plymouth and Newcastle. Musician in Souterrain in Colchester and Hastings. Musician and choir leader in Souterrain

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Erika Lindahl – project intern and Assistant-Director

Erika Lindahl is our project intern and Assistant-Director for Oxygen.  She has travelled from Sweden to be with us on our adventure.  Her work and dedication to the project has been amazing, and we have thoroughly enjoyed working and collaborating with

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Sarah Scaife

www.sarahscaife.co.uk Sarah is a visual artist and freelance community curator, often exploring memory and sense of place. She uses a range of media and processes, but the intimate acts of drawing and careful listening are her most frequent starting points. Mapping

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Diana Theodores – Choreographer

Diana Theodores, PhD. trained with the visionaries of the American Modern Dance, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. She has worked with many inspirational artists in theatre and dance over the years and has staged works at the Abbey Theatre, the

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Nicci Wonnacott – Waymarker Artist

Nicci works as a political artist, practicing in art action and the manifesto through performance, participation and mapping the body. Working in text, film, theater, textiles, drawing, sculpture, photography and in sonic arts; to create social commentary, documentation and exhibition. Nicci reflects on ritual and

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