Natasha Wood whizzes around the stage delivering humorous anecdotes of how a girl from the Midlands ended up with a one woman show in the West End. This is her story, every line true. A tale of how with sheer determinism and a lot of wit you can achieve your goals.
Woods recounts her childhood spent selling bras and knickers on her parents’ Bulwell market stall, watching her Dad’s banter over a good price – if anyone has been to Bulwell Market especially back in the 80’s, you’ll know it’s all about the bargains! She tells about her time spent living in an old people’s home as a student (as one of her now late brother’s said “you can have a bath everyday!”) and ‘getting it on’ in the backseat of her car in a field while being caught by her teacher.
Woods describes the highs and lows she’s faced with complete honesty from a fairytale wedding that ended up in divorce to the tragedy of losing a brother; but all with a glint in her eye and the attitude that life is for living.
Woods has described her show as drama. It is completely autobiographical and she holds nothing back; recalling having a boob job from the aptly named Dr Perks and the sadness she felt having to give up her service dog, Zoe when she was living in America.
Woods has achieved, big time. As a production manager for the BBC Woods was sent to New York - cue the stories of taxi drivers shouting “how you doin’?” as they drove by her and the surreal bus journey that finished with passengers helping her decide to pursue a career in LA.
Rolling with Laughter is an amusing drama about one woman’s drive to live, love and laugh. And laugh is what Woods has done, all the way to the West End.
Rolling With Laughter was performed at Nottingham Playhouse on Wednesday 20th October 2010