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Gants Hill woman grooves in London play set in the 60s

PUBLISHED: 15:13 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:00 28 November 2017

Gants Hill resident, Natalie Green, is starring in a play in London. Picture:Claire Bilyard

Gants Hill resident, Natalie Green, is starring in a play in London. Picture:Claire Bilyard

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A woman from Gants Hill is transporting people back to the ’60s in Waterloo Vaults.

No, I am not tripping – although audiences will be when they arrive at a psychedelic, flower power theatre, where the play Hair is being performed.

Natalie Green, 29, is starring in the performance which explores the themes and feelings of young people who will be drafted to serve in the Vietnam war.

Although the play is 50 years old, Natalie said with world events in 2017 there are lots of parallels to be drawn and the play is as relevant as ever.

“The play is about peace, freedom, and equality and the show is very relevant for today’s audiences,” she said

“At one point we strip naked and it is very liberating.

“Like most women I was body conscious, but the way it is done is beautiful.

“It is an intimate, performance and we are all onstage for the duration of the play so it is quite intense.”

Like a mini Woodstock, from the moment the audience arrive, The Vaults entrance is transformed into a fully immersive 1960s venue with groovy artwork and psychedelic decorations.

With themed pop-up restaurants from the decade, tie-dye clothing and hippy memorabilia the theatre promises to have everything needed for a legal high.

Then the audience moves through to the intimate theatre seating just 200, where the youthful cast reveals their feelings up close and personal through Hair’s drug-fuelled journey.

Natalie said the playwright, wrote the whole production in two weeks and a feeling of immediacy and pace is felt in the play.

“The writer was a genius,” she added. “It is quite a unique experience and people watching really feel part of the play.”

Featuring classic hit songs including Aquarius and Let the Sun Shine, the story of youth and war still resounds throughout the world making this a “topical musical for the millennial generation”.

“The music is so good and I get goose pimples listening to everyone,” she said. “The play is based on fact and has every kind of genre of music in it. You don’t want to miss it.”

Visit londontheatre.co.uk/theatres/vaults

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