Projects

A page where you can browse the projects I’ve worked on, work experience I’ve gained and theatre I’ve made.

Contact: Natalie@donst.co.uk

Project Blog/Portfolio

‘Who Are Yer?’ to ‘Halfway Between’

‘Who Are Yer?’ to ‘Halfway Between’

Image Credit: Nick Hillman LRPS (Royal Photographic Society) Think back to October 2017. What were you doing? Autumn was in full swing and indeed the weather was likely miserable so you probably spent a lot of the month inside. I certainly did....

Experience

Directing/Theatre Making

Pravda By David Hare and Howard Brenton

First produced at the National Theatre in 1985, Pravda by David Hare and Howard Brenton is a satirical play exploring the role of journalism in society. Following the newspaper industry in the mid-80s, Pravda uncovers the relationships between press and politicians, the manipulation of truth and the individualistic nature of the industry. With a strong ensemble cast you can expect a high energy, exciting physical take on this Fleet Street Satire.

Presented by UMDS at SU Council Chambers 22-24th Nov. 

Production photos available here

 

 

Halfway Between 'Stories of the Steel City'

A new piece of theatre sharing stories of Sheffield.

Halfway Between is an intimate exploration into people and the places they inhabit.  Using monologues, we are drawn into their spaces to see how they tell their stories and how in turn it is these stories that make these spaces more vibrant. In doing this, we seek to examine their outlook on the city just outside their windows. Ultimately, through reflecting on this we encapsulate how their memories interweave and make up the fabric of our city.

Performed at Theatre Deli Sheffield Fri 6th July

Directed by Natalie Hillman / Performed by Joe Facer / Written by: Natalie Hillman, Tom Jordan, Mitchell Vernals and Joe Facer / Music by: Harry Gold

For more information: click here

Shadow/Assistant Directing

The Bare Project

Interned on Dangerous or Otherwise a site-specific installation at Southwell Workhouse

Assisted director Malaika Cunningham during On the Outskirts rehearsals. Read more.

Took part in workshops/story gathering for ‘Everyday Myths’

Paperfinch
Snow Queen at Theatre Clwyd. In December 2017, I went to Wales to shadow directors/rehearsals. Read More.
Neverland - The Guild Of Misrule
Observed several rehearsals in November at Theatre Deli Sheffield.

Producing/Marketing Experience

Can't Stop Can't Stop - SDT EdFringe18

Producer/Company Manager for SamDoesTheatre Can’t Stop Can’t Stop to Edinburgh Fringe 2018

This piece was part of NSDF 2018 and brings awareness to the stigma surrounding mental illness, in particular OCD. As producer I aim to help facilitate a safe space to share experiences of mental health and engage audiences with the messages of this show.

During it’s Edinburgh run the show received a five 4 star reviews (plus a 4+1/2 star review and 3 star review from the Fest).

It was also shortlisted for 2 awards (Total Theatre Emerging Artist Award and the Mental Health Fringe Award).

SamDoesTheatre Website

Wild Woman SheFest18
As Marketing Coordinator, I took on roles such as sending out the press release and strategic invites, arranged interviews and built a website. Alongside this, I aimed to create an engaging marketing strategy across our social medias and website which could be fun, promote the project in a way that encouraged wildness and confidence and provide insight into ‘behind the scenes’. Through this I feel I was able to effectively engage our audience with the artists work, the message of being wild and sell tickets. (IWD performance sold out and overall over the two nights we sold over 200 tickets). Wild Woman Website Twitter/Facebook

Other

Theatre Deli Sheffield
Placement at Theatre Deli Sheffield during my Gap Year.  Here I’ve gained an insight into running a venue/events, producing and programming, marketing and audience development.
NSDF Management Team 2018
Read my blog post about NSDF here.
'Who Are Yer?' Cardboard Citz/Age Better Sheffield
Click here for more info: https://indigomonkey.co.uk/natalie/2017/10/who-are-yer-cardboard-citizens-age-better-sheffield/
Sixth Form Experience
Choreographer on ‘Oliver’ March 2017 – I used this opportunity to experiment with choreographing both large cast numbers and smaller dance numbers and enjoyed exploring how I could utilise the space and set e.g. using shadow screens and levels etc. Throughout Sixth Form assisted in the Performing Arts department in Y11 and KS3 lessons, KS3 Drama Clubs and dance clubs.

Feel free to contact me if you know of any opportunities I may be interested in or want to know more! Email: