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Natasha Wood was born with the rare genetic spinal condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Now 37, and having lived on both sides of the Atlantic, she is on the road with her one-woman show "Rolling With Laughter".
The Nottingham-based actress wrote the show on the suggestion of her friends who told her how funny her emails home from New York were. The production evolved to tell the story of her journey from the Midlands market stalls (where she helped her parents sell lingerie) to Manhattan and LA - with Natasha playing over 30 characters (with a variety of accents) along the way.
She has also had a successful career as a production assistant for the BBC and it was following a stint working in television in New York that she decided to follow her ambition to be a performer, enrolling in acting and writing classes in Los Angeles.
"Rolling With Laughter" has already played to enthusiastic audiences in Los Angeles and at the Edinburgh festival, but now Natasha is bringing the show to London's West End. On Sunday 30th March she will take to the stage of Her Majesty's Theatre to raise money for the Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Despite having partied with the likes of Leonard Di Caprio, Dustin Hoffman and Clint Eastwood, Natasha's dream is to become a regular at the Rover's Return in our very own Coronation Street - and why not?
Natasha, who is also hoping to follow up her stage show with a book about her life, is grateful to the Independent Living Funds for helping her get the support she needs to live independently.
For more information/ticket info about the show please visit www.rollingwithlaughter.com