What a fantastic event, with some seriously snazzy talent – check out the photos, and look forward to next year (we already are).
Photos by Richard Stratton.
It’s behind you! If you (like me) think panto is just for the children, and your panto days are indeed, ‘behind you’, you are so wrong. Panto does require awillingness to abandon an adult outlook, but I saw a fantastic production of Peter Pan at Fairfield Halls this week which had my inner child engrossed right from the moment the curtain lifted. Check out my review on www.whatspeenseen.co.uk
Christmas is certainly known as a time for children, but really it’s just for the child within, isn’t it? I know I still get super excited around Christmas time, and advent has been punctuated for me, by the purchase of no less than three Christmas Jumpers.
The last couple of years have seen rising popularity of the Christmas Jumper – Bridget Jones (early 2000s reference…) thought Mark Darcy was a right berk in his festive knitted creation, but now all the hipsters are wearing one. There’s something fabulously retro and carefree about hideous knitwear, and whether you’ve battled your way through racks of overpriced vintage pullovers that have a genuine 80s horror vibe, or have lazily nipped into Primarni for their latest Christmas vestment, you can revel in the kitsch style. Look snazzy, be liberated in your woolen monstrosity, and join us to celebrate all things kitsch (oh god, the tinsel!) on Saturday at our Kitsch Christmas Party in Tooting. All welcome, only £3 entry – Themed cocktails, Live Music (The Bandits), Comedy (Steve Seller) Santa will be there (SANTA, I KNOW HIM!*), festive edibles, party games (points mean prizes).
PLUS it’s Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow (in aid of Save The Children), so no excuses for not kitting yourself out.
*Reference: Elf, the film – if you haven’t seen it, sort it out.
This June saw Blackshaw run its first free event, and boy did we make it a corker. Held at The Selkirk, home to our recent WAFF show run, in Tooting Broadway we took advantage of their sunny beer garden and turned it into our very own festival venue; complete with bunting, fairy lights, and a smattering of deck chairs for good measure.
We had a cracking line up of both comedy and music to fill the day. All rounded off with a delightful little set from Blackshaw regulars The Bandits, who had the whole crowd dancing to the Hokey Cokey for their final song. An excellent choice you’ll agree.
The other acts were all super too.
Of course no festival themed day is complete without some home baking and face painting, both of which went down a treat, especially with our social events manager, Nick.
A big thank you to The Selkirk, who let us loose for the whole day, if you get a chance do go and enjoy the venue’s tasty, tasty food, I can highly recommend the cheese board.
We had a smashing day, we hope those of you who joined us did too. Make sure you keep your eyes on our twitter/facebook feeds for news of our autumn event – not to give too much away, but you could say it’s going to be the bomb. And we’re all going to get blitzed…Doing the jitterbug…it’s a 40’s themed event.
We were invited to do so, alongside several other companies, by Iris Theatre (resident company at the Actors’ Church, Covent Garden – where we performed Gormenghast: Titus Groan in April 2012). It will be performed in the church and grounds on 1st September and should be great fun.
There will be 8 different audience slots, with each audience group moving in promenade to view each section in turn. Blackshaw has a 5-10 minute slot to perform ‘The Barrister’s Dream’ in the vestry of the church. invited to do so, alongside several other companies, by Iris Theatre (resident company at the Actors’ Church, Covent Garden – where we performed Gormenghast: Titus Groan in April 2012). It will be performed in the church and grounds on 1st September and should be great fun.
More news as and when we have it.