Natalie McGrath is Joint Director of Dreadnought South West with Josie Sutcliffe, (www.dreadnoughtsouthwest.org.uk), which celebrated the centenary of the Great 1913 Women’s Suffrage pilgrimage in 2013. Natalie also wrote the play Oxygen, which toured along the original pilgrimage route from Land’s End to Hyde Park, at the same time, one hundred years later. Most recently Dreadnought have been developing a new play (also written by Natalie): The Orchard through a roadshow styled activity, where audiences across the South West were uniquely invited in to respond to early versions of a new script in each location travelled, with the play evolving from each scratch performance. Dreadnought is also developing the first archive of women’s stories about activism in the South West for future performances and events. Dreadnought South West is an associate company of Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre.
Natalie is also currently working with Exim Dance in Plymouth (www.eximdance.org.uk) on a new research and development project for a new piece of work: Etch.
Natalie was contributing writer for Blind Ditch’s This City’s Centre a city wide arts, digital and performance project across Exeter. Exodus, a short play was commissioned by Box of Tricks (www.boxoftrickstheatre.co.uk) for their NWxSW tour, 2013. This was also produced by Ripped Script as part of Plymouth Fringe 2015. Rift, was produced at the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, 2012, developed through Grants for the Arts, awarded the Inspire Mark as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Coasting; was developed by Bristol Ferment, produced in the studio by Bristol Old Vic (www.bristololdvic.org.uk) in 2011. Scottish Kiss was commissioned by Paines Plough (www.painesplough.com) as part of Come to Where I’m From. Wild Doves was a Bristol Old Vic/Short Fuses commission in 2010. Metal Remains was produced by Theatre West (www.theatre-west.co.uk) in 2008 at the Alma Tavern Theatre, and was shortlisted for 2009 Meyer Whitworth Award.
An Artistic Associate at the Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter (Winner of the TMA Most Welcoming Theatre Award, 2013), Natalie is also an Associate Lecturer in Theatre & Performance at the University of Plymouth.
Oxygen: ‘Beautiful and uplifting’ – The Stage
‘It is a powerful piece of theatre that confirms Natalie McGrath’s genuine talent as a theatre maker’ – British Theatre Guide
Coasting: ‘There’s no mistaking the distinctive timbre of McGrath’s voice’ – The Guardian ‘