*ANNOUNCEMENT KLAXON* – Scare Slam 2017 Participants

We’re soooOoooOoooo *insert own spooky voice here* excited to announce this year’s Scare Slam line up…

Book your tickets now!

Chris Lincé – The Scratch
Synopsis – A woman suffering from workplace bullying, discovers a mysterious scratch on her arm.

Intro – Chris is the co-producer and director of Hermetic Arts, whose show BADD (Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons) is at the London Horror Festival at the end of the month.
Reece Connolly – The Fatberg of Whitechapel
Synopsis – Told from the perspective of the 130 tonne, 250 m long ‘fatberg’ of cooking oil, wet wipes, nappies, excrement, and other nastiness discovered in a sewer in East London, this piece of comedy-horror spoken
word details their birth, musings, and eventual decision to rise up and take revenge on its human creators who seek to destroy it [or at the very least, convert it into biofuel]. It’s Frankenstein, but a lot smellier.

Intro – Reece Connolly is a writer and theatre-maker based in East London, originally from deepest darkest Northumberland. He grew up next door to a Victorian cemetery in a household of one-eyed cats, dead farmer’s ghosts, garden-fairies, and a thing made of rags that lived in the attic – probably explains why he loves scary stuff so much. He is involved in two production at this year’s London Horror Festival, having written and co-directed MISTER MUSHROOM, and written and directed THE STOMACHING, in which he also performs as a psychotic nun.

Stack 10 Theatre – Murder of Crows
Synopsis – A crow is kicked to death. Crows remember faces, crows hold grudges, and one night a murder of them come for a reckoning.

Info – Stack 10 Theatre have returned to the Scare Slam to bring you more tales from Chiswick, the home of horror and gateway to hell.
Dan Weatherer – The Watching Eye
Synopsis – When Tom and Angela buy Wayside Cottage, they’re hoping for an escape from the rat-race, a slower pace of life in the countryside. They might get more than they bargained for…

Info – Award-Winning Staffordshire Based Author/Playwright Author of four collections, two novels (upcoming) a novella on Dr Crippen, ad a book of plays (due 2018) Visit www.danweatherer.com for more details

Joseph Willis – The Watcher
Synopsis – When a man discovers a pale figure stood watching his house and a mysterious doll in his child’s possession, his sanity and family’s safety will come into question; as he tries to work out what it wants, and more terrifyingly, what it’s going to do next.

Intro – Born in Sheffield, Joseph studied a Masters in Writing, Directing and Performance at the University of York, before starting his own horror theatre collective ‘Danse Macabre Productions’. His usual work can be categorised as ‘bloody tongue in cheek’ and his piece ‘The Watcher’, is a psychological horror that taps into his irrational fear, that people staring into space, are usually doing anything but.

Liam Steward-George – Big Eyes
Synopsis – Modern look at Little Red Riding Hood set in the context of a club and taxi.

Info – Another moralistic tale about a numpty who gets it all wrong. Just don’t be a dick…

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 67

In exciting time news, the Blackshaw Arts Hour will be moving slots on Wandsworth Radio – we’ll now be airing on Tuesdays at midnight (i.e. the midnight between Tues and Weds!).  We’re hoping to welcome new listeners amongst shift workers and insomniacs.

 

As always though, the show is available as a podcast to listen to, anytime you damn well please!

 

In this episode, Ellie and Matt are in the studio, and the following is jam-packed, and headed to your ear holes:

  • Review of Darren Aronofsky’s film, ‘Mother!’
  • The concluding convo about ‘Angels in America’ at the National (with Sinead!)
  • Excitement builds for this year’s Scare Slam, and we take a look back at last year’s terror extravaganza
  • Discussion of the current environment for female playwrights in London
  • Chat about other ladies in the theatre world (including the RSC’s upcoming all-female Director lineup, and the casting of a lady in the role of ‘Bobby’ in ‘Company’).

 

Come on in, the podcasting water is lovely…

Relevant Links

Victoria Sadler Article

2017 in Review: The Lot for Female Playwrights Worsens

2016 Scare Slam

RSC Directors

Casting a woman as ‘Bobby’ in ‘Company’

London Horror Festival 2017

Scare Slam 2017 Tickets

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 66

Ellie and Matt are joined by Vikki and Sinead – we talk about…

– Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic

– Sinead’s Edinburgh Fringe 2017 experience

– Logan Lucky, The Dark Tower, and Atomic Blonde film reviews

– Sinead’s theatre challenge

– Our upcoming Scare Slam http://bit.ly/ScareSlamLHF

Relevant Links:

https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2017/girl-north-country-3

http://www.foilarmsandhog.ie/

https://www.thepretendmen.com/shows/

*Announcement Klaxon* Scare Slam 2017!

Blackshaw’s Scare Slam – at the London Horror Festival

Tickets on Sale now! http://bit.ly/ScareSlamLHF

£10/8

Monday 23rd October, 7pm

Old Red Lion, 418 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NJ

 

A night of chilling storytelling

Produced by Blackshaw Theatre Company

Lovers of scary stories, unite. Adding the fear factor to increasingly popular spoken word nights, storytellers from across the Horrorfest and beyond will share their worst (or should that be best?) nightmares at Blackshaw’s third annual Scare Slam.

Prepare yourself for a night of chilling tales from both sides of the line of veracity.

Come on down for a scare, or, if you’d like to contribute a story, see below…

 

Listen to previous Scare Slams here: http://blackshawonline.com/blog/category/new-writing-night/scare-slam/

 

Tell your story!

Remember:

5 mins max per piece

Notes can be used

These are solo readings of scary stories or anecdotes

You can only submit your own writing

We encourage writers to read their own work (but writers can work with an actor if they prefer)

No tech – we will provide the spooky atmosphere…

Send applications forms (download from www.blackshawonline.com) to submissions@blackshawonline.com by Fri 6th October

 

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.