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Natasha Oxley

Research Interest

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  • Theatre for Young Audiences, including cultural messages and international approaches;

  • Contemporary Polish Drama, including dramatic techniques, cultural memory, and playwriting as a social intervention;

  • Socially engaged drama;

  • Actor training, including psychophysical techniques such as Laban;

  • Directing for theatre.

  • welcoming PhD students in the fields of Polish theatre, socially engaged theatre, reminiscence theatre, theatre for young audiences, approaches to acting, and actor training.

Conference Papers

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  • May 2019 (forthcoming): co-presentation on intergenerational reminiscence projects based on memory boxes with second year students, The Theatre of Memory conference, Dublin

  • January 2019: SHIFT conference co-presentation on presenting effective feedback.

  • January 2019: ‘The absence of Contemporary Polish playwriting on the British stage’, conference presentation at Brexit Stage Left conference, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

  • January 2019: post show talk on the role of the translator in drama, as translator, The Yard Theatre, as part of the Brexit Stage Left conference and festival.

  • November 2017: An introduction to the Processes and Outcomes of the Memory Box Project: An International, Intergenerational Experience.In: Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today, 17th November 2017, Bathway Theatre, University of Greenwich. (Unpublished) (conference presentation)

  • November 2017: research presentation on Contemporary Polish Drama for the Literature and Drama research group, University of Greenwich.

  • June 2015: Conference presentation at POMP conference on contemporary Polish drama.In: Post-1945 Poland: Modernities, Transformations and Evolving Identities, 11-12 June 2015, St Antony's College, University of Oxford.

Publications

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  • Oxley, Natasha (2016)Modernisations of Polish identities in contemporary Polish plays: The right to individuality.In: WORKING PAPERS: Post-1945 Poland: Modernities, Transformations and Evolving Identities. POMP, London, pp. 147-159. (Publication)

  • 2016: co-translation ofWojtek the Bearby Tadeusz Slobodzianek for surtitles at the Teatr Dramatyczny, Warsaw

  • 2013: co-translation of Young Stalin by Tadeusz Slobodzianek for surtitles at the Teatr Dramatyczny, Warsaw

  • Oxley, Natasha (2006) Getting to Grips with Grotowski, MA Thesis submitted to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, published online by The British Grotowski Project: https://www.kent.ac.uk/arts/research/grotowski/GROTOWSKIESSAY.pdf

Performance

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  • June 2019 (forthcoming): performance with Chiffchaff Children’s Theatre of Peace at LastandWhatever Nextfor young children, adapted (by N. Oxley) from the books by Jill Murphy, at the Greenwich Book Festival (dir. Natasha Oxley).

  • August 2018: creation and performance ofOn the Way Home, adapted (by N. Oxley) from the book by Jill Murphy, for young children at all ten libraries in Newham (dir. N. Oxley).

  • April 2016: creation and performance of Banana! based on the book by Ed Vere andWhatever Next!based on the book by Jill Murphy, first performed at Leytonstone Library (adaptation and direction N.Oxley).

  • September 2015: creation and performance ofPeace at Last, based on the book by Jill Murphy, for young audiences, performed at Leytonstone Library (adaptation and direction N.Oxley). Also performed in December 2015.

  • Various others as performer and/or director.

Professional Affiliates

  • HEA Fellow

  • Full Member of Equity

  • Member of TaPRA

  • Member of The Actors Centre

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