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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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