YOU couldn’t get a richer cultural upbringing than that of Natasha Granger.

When she was two, her parents, Colin Granger and Marina Kobler established Komedia, which has become one of Brighton’s best-loved arts spaces. Natasha recalls international theatre groups performing at the venue on a weekly basis, as well as her own starring roles in the children’s shows that Colin would put on.

“Not many children would have that kind of experience,” she laughs. Later Natasha studied at the esteemed Brit School, the former stomping ground of Adele and Amy Winehouse, where she enjoyed the best two years of her life.

All this stood her in good stead to push on with her promising career in storytelling and performance. Along with Colin and Marina, Natasha formed Theatre Fideri Fidera in 2015.

The group’s children’s show Oskar’s Amazing Adventure returns to Komedia for several dates over Christmas. It truly is a family affair, with Colin writing the original picture book and script, Marina designing the set and Natasha captivating the young ’uns with her one-woman performance.

Oskar’s Amazing Adventure makes use of puppetry, physical theatre and music to tell the story of an excitable puppy who descends from his home at the top of a snowy mountain in search of friendship.

He encounters a few trials and tribulations along the way. It seems like it would be a difficult skill to even hold the attention of children, let alone entertain them. But Natasha has an instinctive way of communicating with her audience, aided by her teaching experience.

“That taught me how to talk to kids and get them engaged,” she says. “I’ve learnt some techniques but I almost can’t put my finger on how it happens. It’s about breath, movements, and not giving too much away early on so they listen to you.”

Children can be an unpredictable bunch, too, as Natasha has found out. “I’ve sometimes ended the show with a kid up on stage with me because they don’t want to sit down. You’ve got to adapt. If they’re losing focus, you have to change the tone of the show.”

There are themes of friendship and overcoming adversity in the show, but Natasha says she and her parents try to avoid “bashing people over the head with a moral story”. At any rate, she adds, even being in a theatre is a novel experience for young children.

“It’s enough for them just to be in that space and sing and dance around with you. They go on a journey with you. It’s important for kids to interactive – some of them are a bit shy at first and at the end they are up doing all the movements with you.”

As for working with her parents, Natasha admits to being a little nervous before the trio founded Fideri Fidera but says that the set-up has worked. The key, apparently, is to separate work time and family time (even though in the Grangers’ case the two are merged).

Natasha performed in various musical theatre productions around Brighton before heading to the Brit School. “It was amazing to be in a place where you could perform every day and showcase your talent,” she says of the prestigious institution. “I’d love to be able to do that now.”

Natasha currently balances her acting career with part-time work in a restaurant. The West End is a “bit of a dream” but her real passion lies in writing, “creating a character from scratch”. Fideri Fidera also have ambitions to expand and embark on international tours.

Natasha says that her parents’ business – Komedia – “took over” when she was young but that was far from a negative thing. She calls growing up in such an environment “inspiring”. Colin’s friends will occasionally tell Natasha they remember her as a young child welcoming them into Komedia with her father before a show.

It’s fitting that Natasha is now ushering a whole new generation into the magical experience of theatre.

Oskar’s Amazing Adventure, Komedia, December 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31