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Rudy's Rare Records

Rudy's Rare Records is a tiny down-at-heel old reggae record shop in Birmingham. It's one of a dying breed; a place with real soul, stacked with piles of vinyl, where the slogan is "if we don't have it - them don't mek it". It's owned by the charismatic, irrepressible Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker), reluctantly helped out by his long-suffering neurotic son Adam (Lenny Henry) and Handsworth's first, black, surly girly goth, Tasha (Natasha Godfrey

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About Natasha Godfrey

Performance
With over 2 decades’ professional experience working at a regional, national and international level, Natasha’s work spans Theatre, Radio, Television and Film as well as experience in the Music Industry.
She is widely recognised and best loved for her regular role as ‘Tasha’ (Birmingham’s first black Goth) in the BBC Radio 4 Sitcom ‘Rudy’s Rare Records’ staring Lenny Henry & Larrington Walker.

Performance

With over 2 decades’ professional experience working at a regional, national and international level, Natasha’s work spans Theatre, Radio, Television and Film as well as experience in the Music Industry.

She is widely recognised and best loved for her regular role as ‘Tasha’ (Birmingham’s first black Goth) in the BBC Radio 4 Sitcom ‘Rudy’s Rare Records’ staring Lenny Henry & Larrington Walker.

Developing Creative Talent

Natasha has worked with some of the best aspiring and emerging artists and independent creative professionals. She also gives advice and guidance to young people who are interested in the creative industry.

As Regional Coordinator for ‘England’s leading performance poetry organisation’, Apples & Snakes, Natasha pioneered, co-developed (with poet/coach Jane Seabourne) and commissioned professional development programme for emerging artists working in the ‘Live Literature’ arena. Using life coaching and mentoring models, the programme (Lit Life), provided individual artists with support on the sometimes very lonely creative road. She also delivered the artist development strand (including dramaturgy) of the spoken word theatre production ‘Things That Can’t Be Said’, which was co-produced in partnership with  Black Country Touring, Arena Theatre and Mac Birmingham.

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Training, Teaching & Facilitation

Natasha’s previous work has included corporate clients across the UK with Theatre based Learning & Training company AKT Ltd.  She has used drama to facilitate many issue based sessions around race, identity, confidence and self-esteem in both primary & secondary schools. As a tutor, she has designed and delivered performance related modules for the BTEC National Certificate and Diploma courses at E.A.R.T.H Productions Ltd, one of Birmingham’s leading recording studios and training providers of Music Technology in Birmingham.

Writing

Natasha was commissioned by Birmingham Rep Theatre, to write the spoken word narrative ‘Voices across the Ocean’; which toured the UK and featured the International A’capella sounds of Nawal (Camaros/France), Maureen Lilanda (Zambia) and Birmingham Based ‘Black Voices’.   Other writing includes:  ‘Mind the Gap’, monologues, based on different characters contemplating their personal journeys as they travel on various public transport and  ‘We were only going to buy some Bun & Cheese’ which was well received at both The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham and The Royal Court’s sister venue, The Bussey building in Peckham, South East London.

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Mentoring Young People:

Natasha’s mentoring and group facilitation work in the Social Sector focused primarily on socially excluded teenagers and young offenders.  She has mentored, designed and delivered work around the Government ‘Every Child Matters’ (ECM) agenda, Entry to Employment (E2E) initiative and ‘Keys 2 Learning’ programmes; covering issues of self-esteem, goal planning and employability. Organisations include: Skill Train Ltd, Trident Reach the People Charity, Community Links, Newham Asian Women Project (NAWP), St Basil’s and Connexions South West London and Birmingham.

Other Information:

  • Trained Arts Award Advisor.
  • Holds a combined honours Degree in Dance & Drama in Contemporary Culture; English Language & Literature from De Montfort University.
  • Currently serves on the Board of Directors for Creative Alliance Ltd. (www.creativealliance.org.uk)