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04 May 2018

Standing ovation for former students who brings debut show back to the Arc

There was a standing ovation for a former Wiltshire College student who performed her one-woman show back at the theatre where her career began!

Natasha Marshall wowed audiences at the Arc Theatre with her performance of Half Breed on Thursday 3rd May and said, despite a hugely successful tour of India, sell-outs in London and a full month run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this was her most special yet!

The partly autobiographical play dealt with issues such as faith, identity and racism.

The 27-year-old who was a Performing Arts student from 2008-09 and grew up in Erlestoke, near Devizes, said: “For most of my family and friends, the performance at the Arc was the first time they had seen it.

“I had never really spoken about the topics discussed in the show before with my family and so I was excited to see what they thought.

“I was so delighted at how successful it was here.

“My family and friends were all extremely proud of me and it was wonderful to receive a standing ovation.”

Wiltshire College’s Principal Amanda Burnside watched the show.

She said: “It really was a fantastic performance.

“We were delighted to welcome Natasha back to the Trowbridge campus and were delighted to support her in bringing the show to the Arc.

“It was wonderful to see so many people come along and Natasha should be extremely proud.”

Chris Marston, is a regular visitor to the Arc Theatre.

She said: “I go to nearly all of the shows and every single one is unique.

“Years ago I saw one called Chairs about a person on a boat who had many imaginary passengers.  The way in which the actor switched characters and remembered so much information was fantastic.

“I never thought that could be beaten but Half Breed truly excelled in every way – amazing acting and I so loved the comparison of local accents and language.

“It was very imaginative and a real insight into mixed racial people problems.

“I had never given it a thought that being torn between races could be difficult for people.”