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Natasha Sparkes: When Women Wee

Natasha SparkesLast year Natasha starred as the female lead in the thriller feature ‘The Tapes’ starring alongside Jason Maza and Arnold Oceng.  She then went on to appear in ‘Demons Never Die’ starring Ashley Walters and Robert Sheehan.  This June she is due to appear in ‘Victim’ which premiered at last year’s Raindance Film Festival.

Natasha’s film credits also include ‘Burlesque Fairytales’ in 2010 starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Campbell Moore.

This May will see Natasha perform on stage in a run of ‘When Women Wee’, a Dirty Stop-Out Production which received rave reviews at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, particularly singling out Natasha’s performance.

“Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011 welcome to the unedited, uninhibited thoughts and behaviours that happen inside the female mind and public toilet. When Women Wee offers a voyeuristic look at the lives of a multitude of women in all stages of love, life and intoxication. An uncompromising and unapologetic comedy with genuine conversations included! Bear witness to the nightly break ups, breakdowns and breakthroughs that all happen ‘When Women Wee’…”
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Natasha took some time out from her busy schedule to answer some questions about herself and her career.

Since 2010 you have been establishing yourself as a film actress appearing in Burlesque Fairytales, The Tapes, Demons Never Die and soon to be released Victim. What have you enjoyed most about your roles so far?
I have enjoyed  creating, learning, researching and exploring, and being employed!

You have a lead role in the horror film The Tapes, what was it like making the film?
Beautiful. It was a labour of love from everybody involved. We had freedom to play and it is a film I will always be grateful for.

On stage you are appearing in When Women Wee, which was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and is transferring to the Soho Theatre (8th – 19th May). What can you tell us about the play and how your character fits into the storyline?
It’s a play about women. Women will find solace in familiarity; men are transported into an unknown realm where they will find out what really goes on in the sacred space that is the female toilet! We highlight the ridiculousness of our culture through comedy so we can laugh at ourselves and realise how absurd our behaviour sometimes is. I have many characters and share the stage with four other talented ladies as we take on 25 unforgettable characters.

Why should everyone go and see the play?
Join us as we follow the young, the old, the divorced, the drunk and the depressed through the trials and tribulations of friendship, alcohol, men, menstruation. Oh and MDMA…

What are your plans after When Women Wee?
I plan to work even harder.

Looking to the future do you have a preference for acting on stage or screen, or happy to continue with both? 
I am obsessed with both. I love the danger of theatre, and love shocking my fellow cast members some nights and the camaraderie on stage is just fantastic. But I seriously hope I am lucky enough to continue to do both for the rest of my life.

Do you have any role models that you aspire to be like?
My Italian nan.

What do you like to do to chill out?
I like to read fashion magazines with a Marlboro Light.

In one sentence how would you describe yourself?
As an actor in the stage show ‘When Women Wee‘ at SOHO Theatre.

Best wishes Natasha for the play at the Soho Theatre and for the future.

Questions by Neil who you can follow on Twitter @LondonTheatre1

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Wednesday 25th April, 2012

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  • Neil Cheesman

    First becoming involved in an online theatre business in 2005 and launching londontheatre1.com in September 2013. Neil writes reviews and news articles, and has interviewed over 150 actors and actresses from the West End, Broadway, film, television, and theatre. Follow Neil on Twitter @LondonTheatre1

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