Natalie is in Glass Roots (see my review here) at the Tristan Bates Theatre where she plays the wife of a couple who own an Indian restaurant. They are bullied and the restaurant vandalized by skinheads.
Hi Natalie. Can you tell us something about you and your work?
I am a British actor and writer, born and raised in London. I was inspired by my Classics degree at The University of Nottingham to put my passion for storytelling to practice. I went on to do the MA Text and Performance Studies at RADA, which led me to formally train as an actress at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Since I have starred in leading and major supporting films, Bazodee and Der Koch. More recently my experiences in film spurred me to write and I have written my first short film National Anthem that won a commission from Arts Council England and has been selected for nine film festivals so far, including BAFTA- recognised Underwire Festival 2017.
How is your experience in Glass Root going?
Glass Roots has been an emotional project for me and yet an enlightening one. I play a first generation immigrant Thila, a restaurant owner, cook and wife. It has been a moving and powerful experience to embody her and face her struggles. Although I am aware of the issues in this play, I myself have not suffered the extreme resistance presented to Thila, so this experience has encouraged me to be brave, confront and share a part of me that unwittingly lay dormant. I have learnt a great deal about myself from this process.
If you haven’t seen it, there is still time to enjoy this powerful play.