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At Home with…Nathalie Bristow, Bush Theatre

At Home with…Nathalie Bristow, Bush Theatre


Nathalie Bristow works at the Bush Theatre in Events and Fundraising amongst other projects with ministryofprojects.co.uk.

She left her life as a lawyer to become an entrepreneur,  founding Adam Street Club in 2001. She consults on business start-ups and development in the creative and hospitality industries as well organises fundraising events including the First Story Writers Festival 2011 and co-ordinating the Wicked Young Writers Award.

Nathalie is a long-term Bush Theatre supporter who started working there to set up the Bar and Café after selling her local café Cupboard.

She lives in Acton with her husband and three children.

Where are you right now?

At the Bush Theatre in the library organizing our new programme “Bookworms” – children authors will be giving readings here on Saturdays throughout 2013.

What do you do for ‘me-time’?

Go to the theatre or drink lots of cups of tea in cafes plotting.

Where is your favourite place to eat in West London?

When not at the Bush Theatre Café Bar having steaming stew or a panini my children and I love Itsu in Notting Hill.

Career and children – top tip on how do you do it?

I don’t know. Nobody does.

If you had to make a quick escape where would you go?

There’s nowhere better than my old home town Geneva.

What is on your bedside table?

Six half read books – Iris Murdoch, Evelyn Waugh, Sue Townsend, Bill Bryson, Hanif Kureishi, and the One Direction Annual.

Three things you’d take with you to a desert island?

I happen to have three children – can I take them? Otherwise, a laptop, limitless wifi and my bed, and I might just write that book.

Who would you most like to meet for a drink?

Elvis Presley or failing that (for obvious reasons) Priscilla and Lisa-Marie – she was on at Bush Hall recently and it was fascinating.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Theatre tickets. I saw Mark Rylance recently in Twelfth Night and he is incredible… ctually can I change meeting Elvis for a drink to Mark Rylance?

What’s your favourite thing to do as a family?

I force my children to go to endless museums and galleries. They will thank me later I am sure. We just went to Windsor Castle which they loved and I would go to the V&A daily if I was allowed.

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Nathalie was talking to Annabelle King.


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