The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 64

This episode features Matt, Ellie, Alex and Strat.

Matt reviews ‘The Beguiled’ – spoiler, he says he has ‘almost forgotten it already’.

We chat to some lovely people about their Edinburgh Fringe shows:

Dave Bibby – Nobody Puts Bibby in the Corner

Richard Stott – Wretched

Anna Marsland –  Ballistic

Christopher Woodley – The Soft Subject (a Love Story)

Strat & Alex do Art: The cut-up technique (or découpé in French) is a literary technique in which a text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s.  We gave them a copy of the Evening Standard each and let them run riot with the scissors (NB: no actual running with scissors occurred – that’s not allowed).

Relevant Links:

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/soft-subject-a-love-story 

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/wretched

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/nobody-puts-bibby-in-the-corner

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/ballistic

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 63

On the show this time – Ellie, Matt, Alex and Jess.  A review of ‘Baby Driver’, and a light touch review of ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’, and a quick round of EdFringe Roulette.

 

Jess talks to us about the show she’s in at the fringe, ‘Dates’, and we hear from Karen Bartholomew, whose show ‘God’s Waiting Room’ is playing at the King’s Head as part of Festival 47.

Relevant Links:

 

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/dates

http://www.kingsheadtheatre.com/copy-of-elsewhere 

https://kingsheadtheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873574852 

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 62

Ellie, Matt, Alex, Strat and Helen are in the studio!

– Strat & Alex do an art; a ‘drabble’ (100 word short story)

– Matt reviews ‘Nerve’ off of UK Netflix

– We chat about the latest core funding awarded by the Arts Council England

– Another game of EdFringe Roulette!

Links mentioned in the show:

Arts Council Funding

Lyn Gardner’s Guardian Article RE: ACE funding.

‘The Big Four’ Telegraph Article.

BBC R2 Stories Competition.

Gary by Alexander Pankhurst

“Gary, Gary, Gary, Gary!”
“I’m sorry what?”
“Birthday?!”
“Oh yeah!”
Opening the blinds Gary brought his large mechanical arms up in mock surprise.
“Close the blinds you idiot you’ll spoil it!”
“Sorry! I wasn’t aware that our guest of honour was going to be here so soon.”
“You know full well that he’s upstairs!”
“Fine,” Gary drawled, “If it’s so important to your little plan I’ll close them.” Snapping them shut he flounced off, only pausing to smirk and waggle his servo operated fingers precisely in Bens direction.
“Dick!” Ben spat. It was a lame retort and he knew it.

100 word story by Richard Stratton

“It’s behind your hand”, Gary drawled, “the handkerchiefs were up your sleeve, the rabbit is under the table.”

Dandini, Woking’s greatest birthday party magician, didn’t like Gary. Gary was an arrogant, know-it-all bully who had spent the last year terrorising his year 7 classmates. Dandini had chosen well.

“Now I need require a volunteer. How about the birthday boy?”. Gary swaggered over, sneering.

“In to my trunk of disappearance. Excellent, mind your head while I close the lid. Abrakadabra!”

10 minutes later Dandini was leaving the party.

Gary’s dad was talking to another child’s parent.

“Gary? I’m sorry? What birthday?”

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 61

Ellie and Matt are back on the proverbial horse, bringing you an ‘unplugged’ episode packed with film reviews (Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, FF8, Snatched, A Dog’s Purpose), chat about the latest TV sensation, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Matt’s thoughts on the first part of ‘Angels in America’ at the National, the return of Edinburgh Fringe Roulette, and some interruptions from Ellie’s cat.

 

 

Miss McSkimming – Photos

A radio play recorded in front of a live audience (hilarious sound effects included).

What at first seems like a trivial case soon reveals a plot that could shake the very foundations of the British Empire. With her faithful valet by her side, Miss McSkimming must deal with butlers, the police, mysterious men in the shadows and a hippo, to get to the bottom of what could be her biggest case yet.

A rollicking comedy with a chic lady investigator and mysteries abounding, this piece promises to delight audiences, young and old!

Performed by Jessica Bailes, Ellie Pitkin, Chris Starkey, Helen Stratton and Richard Stratton, with live foley from Andrew Crane and David Turnbull.

Recorded live at the Putney Arts Theatre on Saturday 13th May 2017, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

 

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 60

Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery

by Richard Stratton

A radio play recorded in front of a live audience (hilarious sound effects included).

What at first seems like a trivial case soon reveals a plot that could shake the very foundations of the British Empire. With her faithful valet by her side, Miss McSkimming must deal with butlers, the police, mysterious men in the shadows and a hippo, to get to the bottom of what could be her biggest case yet.

A rollicking comedy with a chic lady investigator and mysteries abounding, this piece promises to delight audiences, young and old!

Performed by Jessica Bailes, Ellie Pitkin, Chris Starkey, Helen Stratton and Richard Stratton, with live foley from Andrew Crane and David Turnbull.

Recorded live at the Putney Arts Theatre on Saturday 13th May 2017, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

Some Treachery – Interview with Cast & Creatives

‘Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery’ is coming up soon!

A radio play recorded in front of a live audience (hilarious sound effects included).

What at first seems like a trivial case soon reveals a plot that could shake the very foundations of the British Empire. With her faithful valet by her side, Miss McSkimming must deal with butlers, the police, mysterious men in the shadows and a hippo, to get to the bottom of what could be her biggest case yet.

A rollicking comedy with a chic lady investigator and mysteries abounding, this piece promises to delight audiences, young and old!

Listen to the interview with cast & creatives –

 

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April 2017 Newsletter

 

Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery

A live radio play (hilarious sound effects included).

 

What at first seems like a trivial case soon reveals a plot that could shake the very foundations of the British Empire. With her faithful valet by her side, Miss McSkimming must deal with butlers, the police, mysterious men in the shadows and a hippo, to get to the bottom of what could be her biggest case yet.

 

Have a peek at the skillz of our sound man, Andrew Crane – a taste of what you’ve got to look forward to…

 

Date: Saturday 13th May 2017

Venue: Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road, Putney, SW15 6AW

Time: 6pm (running time 1hr)

Tickets: £8-10 bit.ly/SomeTreachery

 

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Ch-ch-changes…

We’re making a change to our 2017 plans – we won’t be hosting any more New Writing Nights in 2017, BUT we will keep running the Showcase Award, so will have an annual New Writing Night for the shortlisted pieces.

 

PLUS our doors are open to scripts/script extracts, so we can pick up on anything that catches our eye, for full live or radio production. If you’ve got something you’d like us to see, send it to submissions@blackshawonline.com

 

Now, why on earth would someone want me to break a leg onstage…?

 

When is a ‘broken leg’ a good thing? Well actually there are a couple of theories as to why we wish this blight on one another before a show. The first, is that old stage curtains used to have little legs at the base of them. If a show was well received they would bounce the curtain repeatedly for extra curtain calls, which would sometimes break the little legs. The other is that theatres used to book lots of individual acts for shows, but not all would get to perform. The leg is also the name for the line between offstage and on. Therefore, if you were needed to perform that night you would cross the line, breaking the leg, and get paid that night. Phew. That’s a weight off my mind…