Theatre editor Daniel Perks catches up with writer and performer Natalie Cutler, bringing Not Yet Suffragette to Theatre N16's new home in Tottenham.

It closed its doors on Balham in 2017, only to relocate back up to North London. It opened at the Tottenham Hale-based performance space and bar Styx at the end of March 2018. Yes, it’s back. It’s Theatre N16. And the latest show through its new doors is Natalie Cutler‘s Not Yet Suffragette.

Not Yet Suffragette plays from 8 – 12 April 2018, seemingly a part of the theatre’s latest strategy to programme shorter runs for works in progress or work new to the London fringe scene. I caught up with writer and performer Natalie before the opening:

Not Yet Suffragette Natalie Cutler

Natalie Cutler

Describe Not Yet Suffragette in three words.

Makes. You. Think.

Is this your first Theatre N16 performance experience?

This is my first time performing with Theatre N16, as well as in their new venue at Styx in Tottenham. I have been working on trying to get a London show for a while so it’s exciting that it’s finally happening and with a theatre venue that is renowned for producing great, new work.

Who or what are your inspirations?

Tina Fey!

I’m also super passionate about human rights, communication and what we can all do as a collective to move forward. I have a lot to say and I learnt that people take on new ideas better when they are laughing. So, I figured if I’m going to get people round to my way of thinking, I need to make it funny. My energy to ‘keep going’ with theatre comes from a place where I realise there are still problems in the world that need to be addressed and I think art (particularly theatre/ storytelling) is the best way to highlight these issues and effect change. So I keep on storytelling. Did I also mention Tina Fey?

What are the future plans for Not Yet Suffragette?

Believe it or not my dream WAS to get it to TheatreN16. When Jamie came back to the organisation, he noted he was looking for feminist work in particular and I reached out. Now that I’m here, of course the next step on the dream ladder would be Soho Theatre. Then I’ll be satisfied. Promise.

What is the best production that you have seen in the last 12 months?

I saw John Legend at the Birmingham Arena – does that count? The dude sounds even better live, which NEVER happens…

Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?

Not Yet Suffragette has teamed up with 50:50 Parliament – 10% of all ticket sales will be donated to their campaign to get more female MP’s into Parliament. Their leader Frances Scott will be holding a post show Q&A on female leadership and women in politics after the show on Thursday 12 April. I’ll be there too, answering any questions on my show, or just taking a roast. Either way, as long you buy a ticket I don’t mind.

 

 

Not Yet Suffragette plays at Theatre N16 from 8 – 12 April 2018. For more information, please visit the website.