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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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