"A thoroughly immersive experience, Suffragette City certainly requires a good dose of active participation and willingness to play the game to be fully enjoyed. From engaging with the Suffragettes (Ariane Barnes, Natasha Langridge, and Eleonora Russo), to standing up to the arresting officer (Canavan Connolly) and talking back to the police (Edward Andrews, Ralph Bogard, Padraig Lynch), it's mostly based on reception and prompts."
Excerpt from the LondonTheatre1.com review for Suffragette City, London Pavilion.
"It is 100 years since the partial granting of the vote to women, and Suffragette City is here to remind us what life was like for women in those days. The London Pavilion that serves as The Women’s Social and Political Union’s (WSPU) headquarters for this project is historically important as it was a meeting place for the suffragettes and was the scene of several of Emmeline Pankhurst’s arrests."
Excerpt from Rev Stan's Theatre Blog review for Suffragette City, London Pavilion.
"I'm walking down Jermyn Street trying to look casual while being vigilant. I've got a package to post in my bag and if found with it I could get arrested - I'm a suffragette and this is about 'deeds not words'."
"Keeping to the opposite pavement before double backing towards the post box, all seems clear so I deposit the parcel and head back to HQ via a different route, checking to see if I'm followed."
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Suffragette in the Snow: The National Trust & National Archives create a Suffragette City; an experience marking 100 years since the partial granting of the vote to women.
The immersive experience uses National Archive records to recreate the life of a real Suffragette activist, Lillian Ball, a dressmaker and mother from Tooting. The Exhibition is at The Pavilion, 1 Piccadilly Circus in Central London (8th - 25th March, 2018).
'Regeneration means demolition': Artist performs monologue about destruction of her home in west London.
The monologue is being performed on a barge at three docks across London.
West London-based Natasha Langridge is performing an emotional monologue about the demolition of her home on the Wornington Green housing estate in North Kensington.
The production, In Memory of Leaves, opened on Fordham Gallery Barge at Meanwhile Gardens in Kensington on Wednesday (October 4).
A review excerpt from The Play's The Thing UK by Laura Kressly.
Since 2013, Natasha Langridge has watched her neighbourhood become unrecognisable. As the developers and their machinery creep ever closer with every passing month, she documents their journey along side her love life. Birds sing in trees as she falls in love with Dave who lives in Korea, and those trees are chopped down as she gets off with her much younger Drama Lover.
"Both a love letter and a lament to London and its obscene housing crisis, In Memory of Leaves is an intensely personal one-woman show exploring love, loss and gentrification. Performed on a boat that will cruise the canals of London, this play touches on poignant themes to varying degrees of effectiveness; but Natasha Langridge remains stoic, raw and likeable throughout."
Tucked up on a boat on the Grand Union Canal near Westbourne Park station, I feel an immense sense of community with my fellow audience members. We’re packed in, physically touching, and bound together in this powerful moment of political theatre. Outside, London roars: emergency services rush past and commuters wander home from work. We are at once inhabiting a theatrical space and a public area for all to share.
Excerpts from Fringe Review by Simon Jenner:
"… It’s a unique experience, where Langridge works with Jayne McVeigh on supple fluid movement through the barge’s space, and Lisa Goldberg’s dramaturgy perhaps helps to tighten and interrogate the appalling assault of real events on the heart of an already powerfully-freighted play."
In Conversation With Natasha Langridge | In Memory of Leaves | Interview by Olivia Mitchell, Editor
Following on from Memoirs of a Tree, Natasha Langridge returns with, In Memory of Leaves. This monologue describes Natasha’s experience living in a block of flats on the Portobello Road council estate, which is being torn down by developers, and how all of her surroundings and green spaces are rapidly changing. The monologue also explores her work in Calais with the Occupy movement and the sadness people feel when they have to say goodbye to "home".
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