Nundle creative Natasha Soonchild can usually be found on weekends in her art gallery, Stormcrow Studio, but on March 23 she will don Wild West costume for her one woman show Shootin’ Sadie at The DAG Sheep Station.
Last performed at the Sydney Fringe Festival in 2013, Natasha revived Shootin’ Sadie to raise funds for Hills of Gold Preservation Inc, established last year to research, assess, and inform good decision making regarding a wind farm proposal from Hanging Rock to Crawney.
A Charles Sturt University Communications graduate, Natasha wrote Shootin’ Sadie conjuring the genre she always wanted to perform. She is joined by director Gwenda Hague, who is also her mum.
“I wrote one scene for my grandpa, who loved True Grit, as a Christmas present,” Natasha says.
“When I performed it in his lounge room he encouraged me, ‘Keep doing this’. When he passed away in 2013 I wrote it in his honour.”
Playing an incredible 12 characters, in a 45-minute rollicking tale, Shootin’ Sadie is an epic Wild West adventure drawing on the aural tradition of story telling.
“When I performed Shootin’ Sadie at the Sydney Fringe Festival a feared critic who saw the production complimented it as ‘Tourable’,” Natasha recalls fondly.
“It was always my intention to revive it. This could be the start of something.”
Natasha grew up in Nundle and moved away to study, before returning two years ago to work creatively.
“I love Nundle and the country. I wanted to be creative without the pressure of the city. Smaller communities are supportive and there are less overheads to run a creative business. The country inspires me too.
“I love how people drop things off at your back door, you are visible and fill a place in the community.”
Buy tickets for Shootin’ Sadie, A Dinner and Theatre Experience, (plus lucky door prizes and auction) at The DAG Sheep Station, 6-9pm, adults $50, children $10, tel 02 6769 3486.