photo Sin Bozkurt
Nathan has recently completed the short film CURTAINS and is fundraising for his first feature film THE GREY LIBERATION FRONT, starring Simon Callow & Nina Wadia, shooting 2015.
He's made more than twenty short films over the past twenty years including ROCK'N'ROLL SUICIDE, or the puppetry promo Bowie never made, which won the lo-budget award in the London Short Film Festival, screened in the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Queer Up North, and in Oslo, Brussels, Barcelona & LA, and the documentaries MEETING MR CRISP - which premiered at the NFT, toured nationally with the BFI and internationally with the British Council, screening in New York, Vancouver, Cork, Israel, Berlin, Sydney, Turin - and THE SIGNIFICANT DEATH OF QUENTIN CRISP - which was broadcast on Channel 4.
Theatre projects include I LOVE YOU BUT WE ONLY HAVE FOURTEEN MINUTES TO SAVE THE EARTH, a creative collision of cabaret, live art and film which toured the UK 2012-13, and VAUXHALLVILLE, a weekly variety show at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern which ran for over two years, and was in residence at the Latitude festival for two summers. Other productions at the RVT include a PANTOMIME TRILOGY, AN ELECTION ENTERTAINMENT and DAVE'S DROP-IN CENTRE.
This last was one of a number of collaborations with the 'divine' DAVID HOYLE, which also include THEATRE OF THERAPY at Chelsea Theatre, a DOROTHY NIGHT at the Royal Festival Hall, UNPLUGGED at Soho Theatre, and a series of short films which have been acquired by the National Film Archive and have also been released on DVD by the LIVE ART DEVELOPMENT AGENCY.
Other collaborations include music on BUNGALOW, a film by Tessa Garland, direction on THE NOVICE DETECTIVE, a show by Sophie Willan, 7 DEADLY SINS, a punk cabaret with The Tiger Lillies & Ophelia Bitz (Soho Theatre & Speigeltent) and ATOMIC, a lo-fi lip-sync re-mix of Blondie's Greatest Hits with Polly Wiseman. He was also part of Duckie's Olivier award-winning C'EST BARBICAN.
Solo shows include HEAVEN KNOWS I'M MISERABLE NOW - a musical inspired by the songs of The Smiths for casio-keyboard and puppets - WOW! - a recreation of Kate Bush's last live gig, with puppets - PUNCH & JUDE - a new take on the children's classic for age of civil partnerships - RATHER BE DEAD THAN GAY - an ironic look at gay culture through his own sexual and romantic disasters - THE QUEEN STRIPS THE RIGHTS OF HER SUBJECTS - a puppet burlesque - and ALIENATHAN - a comical musical meditation on changing (yourself and the universe).
Nathan has performed at venues and festivals including Roundhouse, Traverse, ICA, Little Angel, Drill Hall, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, Madame Jojo's, Bistrotheque, Unity Theatre, Tron, Arches, Green Room, Junction, Soho Revue Bar, Contact, Stratford Circus, Artsadmin, Artsdepot, Turnmills, Komedia, Hoxton Hall, ActArt, Glastonbury, Bestival, and Aldeburgh.
Nathan studied Fine Art at Oxford University and was then awarded an ACE bursary to write a play for The Bush Theatre. Other plays include BABY, in the 1998 Royal Court Young Writer's Festival and GUERILLA GARDENING, which began at BAC and went on to the Pleasance Edinburgh. He's just completed his first new play in a decade. He also plays with the LONDON GAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.