Looking Back at Half Breed

In 2010, Tash Marshall joined Talawa's TYPT summer school, and has been a part of the Talawa family ever since.

In June 2016 Tash Marshall opened Talawa Firsts, Talawa's festival of new writing, with HALF BREED.  That first outing was directed by Miranda Cromwell, who has maintained the directorial helm ever since.   

In 2017, after many years of careful nurturing HALF BREED played to audiences in London, and then Edinburgh, where it garnered rave reviews, before going on to tour India.

HALF BREED began its life as a poem at spoken word nights. It was developed into a short play with Talawa Theatre Company and Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab.

HALF BREED is a one woman partly autobiographical dark comedy about faith in yourself: finding your voice, fighting for what you want and being fearless in who you are.

HALF BREED was shortlisted for the Soho Young Writers’ Award 2016 and the Alfred Fagon Award (2016).   

Marshall  has also been nominated as  'Most Promising New Playwright' for HALF BREED in the #Offies2018.

  • Ann Treneman, The Times

    ★★★★ “Marshall … holds our attention: she’s got something special about her, almost a sort of wildness. I think she’s going to be a star.”

  • Veronica Lee, Evening Standard

    ★★★★ “ Marshall ... gives an impassioned performance … funny and gripping, and its emotional punch feels very real.”

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  • Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

    "Natasha Marshall’s debut show, which she also performs solo, is a little cracker: full of fierce wit and neat observations about village life and what being a best mate really means."

  • Clare Brennan, The Observer

    "I thought I would not see anything else so finely crafted, so movingly delivered ... And then I saw Tash Marshall … Vivid characters; split-second changes; intelligent analysis delivered with emotional intensity – as writer and as performer, Marshall is breathtaking."

  • Joy Francis, Words of Colour

    ★★★★ "Natasha Marshall is a storyteller to watch in this exceptional one-woman performance."

  • Theatre Va-va-voom!

    “… a fine actor and writer … with a lot of important and uncomfortable things to say. Natasha Marshall is a bright star.”

  • Natasha Marshall

    “My whole life I’ve been holding my breath, but when I perform Half-Breed I feel like I’m breathing ... I want to create a conversation, I want to open people’s minds up."

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