Half Breed at Edinburgh
Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company presented Half Breed by Tash Marshall at the Edinburgh Festival
August 3rd - 13th & 15th - 27th, 12.20pm
Tickets: From £7
This show will take place at Venue 8, Assembly George Square Theatre, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH - map
Created and Performed by Natasha Marshall
Directed by Miranda Cromwell
Half Breed was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon award 2016 following its performance at Talawa Firsts 2016
You can also see Half Breed at London's Soho Theatre from 11 - 30 September 2017 - find out more here
Talawa Firsts and Soho Rising star Natasha Marshall made her Edinburgh writer / performer premiere with Half-Breed, 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.
Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want to stay in the village. She doesn’t want to have a baby. She doesn’t want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub. She’s got to get out. And when her gran signs her up for a drama school audition in London without telling her:
" ... my brain is just confused as confused as my skin. Should I stay here? Or should I try move to London. Stay.Go.Stay.Go.Stay.Go.Stay …"
Half Breed was shortlisted for the Soho Young Writers’ Award 2016 and the Alfred Fagon Award (2016).
Half-Breed began its life as a poem at spoken word nights. Developed into a short play with Talawa Theatre Company and Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab, Natasha first performed Half Breed at Talawa Firsts 2016 and later at Soho Theatre’s Soho Rising festival.
Half Breed will have its full-length premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year. Natasha hopes it will be a voice of an experience that is raw, real and distinctive.
Half Breed is created and performed by Natasha Marshall and directed by Miranda Cromwell.
Half Breed was a Talawa Theatre Company co-production with Soho Theatre.
★★★★ “ … descriptive, often angry, wrapping the room in language … it's the way Marshall tells it that captures you. 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.”
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."
★★★★★ "Natasha Marshall gives a blistering solo performance that hits the mark in every aspect"
To Do List
★★★★½ " ... compelling and impressive performance from Natasha Marshall ... slick, clear and ... humorous transitions. The writing is excellent ..."
British Theatre Guide
★★★★ " ... powerful piece ... marks Natasha Marshall and her director Miranda Cromwell as ones to watch."
★★★★ "Marshall dives headlong into her performance, and into living out Jazmin’s dream."
“My whole life I’ve been holding my breath, but when I perform Half-Breed I feel like I’m breathing. I want to bring something real and different to the Fringe. I want to create a conversation, I want to open people’s minds up ..."
About Tash Marshall
Growing up mixed race in the West Country, Natasha moved to London to attend East15 Acting School. During the course Natasha discovered her love for writing poetry and started writing.
In 2010 Natasha also joined Talawa Theatre Company's TYPT. After graduating from East15 Acting School in 2012, Natasha made her Edinburgh Fringe acting debut in Thugz and Tearz where her character died in the first scene.
Taking a six month break from it all, Natasha returned to the regions working in different factories (some more depressing than others) before moving back to London to participate in Royal Court Writers Group (2014/2015), BBC Comedy Room, BBC Sketch Group and BBC London Voices (2016) and Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab (2016).
Half-Breed began its life as a poem at spoken word nights, and was developed into a short play with Talawa Theatre Company and Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab.
Natasha first performed Half Breed at Talawa Firsts and later at Soho Theatre’s Soho Rising festival in 2016.