Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 93

Some performances from the live and spooktastic Scare Slam, as recorded at the Old Red Lion Theatre on Friday 12th October 2018, for the London Horror Festival.

Nightsweats, written and performed by Sasha Wilson

Lay Me Down by Morgan Noll, presented by Somna Theatre Company, performed by Robbie Heath

Warm and Chewy by Ollie George Clark, performed by Dene Horgan

Banshee Bungle by Vivian C Lermond, performed by Victoria Howell

Mrs Miller, written and performed by Reece Connolly

 

Scare Slam 2018 Lineup Announced

The spooktacular Scare Slam is upon us and we’ve got chills…the terrifying line up is as follows:

Mrs Miller by Reece Connolly

At school, I’m the only kid who’s afraid of Mrs Miller. And I think that’s because – in all honesty – I’m the only kid who can see her…’ A haunted classroom, a sadistic ghost, and one terrified school kid. This is the story of little Rory and his least favourite teacher. Told in rhyme.

My primary school was a Victorian-build that looked a lot like the Amityville house and backed out onto a derelict graveyard. I feel a lot of that probably made its way into this piece of scholastic terror. I’m a writer and performer originally from the North East, now based in East London. I’ve written and directed HUBERT IS VERY DEAD which is playing at the London Horror Festival on Oct 23rd + 24th, and my original play CHUTNEY [about a couple who decide to spice up their relationship by murdering their neighbours’ pets] is running at The Bunker Theatre throughout November.

 

An Evening by Patrick Chivers

Performed by Peter Frost

A man pays a visit a friend, absent on the night of their bi-weekly textiles class. The savage plot he uncovers is both haunting and tragic.

This story is a Poe-lite fable written by Patrick Chivers – soon to be seen presiding over ‘Midnight Horror’ on 26 & 27th October (the only midnight production and cheapest ticket of the festival!!) He writes: ‘For those with a taste for pre-textual explanations, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong wordsmith. Like the shocked face of an unidentified corpse, this dumb tale must be left to speak for itself.’

 

Banshee Bungle by Vivian C Lermond

Performed by Victoria Howell

On the Eve of All Hallows, 2 Celtic Creatures on their way to “a job” miss the opportunity and one lucky man is spared to live another day.

BANSHEE BUNGLE is a monologue in the style of the old storytelling tradition. Vivian is an award-winning playwright whose one-acts and monologues have entertained audiences in the US, Mexico and the UK.

 

The Intruders by Jason D. Brawn

A couple get a rude awakening during their sleep, in a cottage in the middle of the nowhere. What if witch-hunting still existed today in rustic England?

Jason D. Brawn is a rabid fan of the horror genre, and a writer of dark fiction, which includes a plethora of published short stories and prose poetry, as well as a few produced radio plays and comic book scripts. His short screenplay Portrait was made as a successful short film, and he holds a BA in Film and Media from Birkbeck, University of London.

 

The Beast by Scott Younger

An 18th century merchant tells of his enslavement in Africa, and the terrifying cargo he escaped with.

This piece is taken from a longer play about The Beast of Gevaudan, a true story of a wolf-like creature that terrorised France in the 18th century.

 

Lay Me Down by Morgan Noll, presented by Somna Theatre Company

Performed by Robbie Heath

“Lay Me Down” is a short horror tale in the form of a spoken monologue, relying on the imaginative power of children to generate a grim story of religious fear and parental anxieties. “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” meets “The Babadook” .

New kids on the block, Somna Theatre Company, have produced Lay Me Down as a thematic appetiser for their debut show as a company, Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? A one man show focused on parental fears, alienation and child paranoia. If you like what you hear tonight, then be sure to attend their London Horror Festival premiere October 15th at 9:30pm at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

 

Warm and Chewy by Ollie George Clark

Performed by Dene Horgan

Warm and Chewy is the story of Gerty, the parasite of a small community and how, when the rain stops and food becomes scares, the community turn to feed on him and discover just how warm and chewy he is.

This is the story of Gerty, the over grown globby parasite of a small town, becoming the Warm and Chewy centre of the community. Written by BAFTA Rocliffe Writer Ollie George Clark, his writing credits include Coconuts at the Lyric Hammersmith Evolution Festival, Those we Exile at the Almeida and in the beginning… at the Bloomsbury Festival.

 

Nightsweats by Sasha Wilson

It is about a woman who finds herself alone and awake in the middle of the night in the Prairie during the period of Westward expansion. It’s about hallucination and a haunting and a man that comes running from the woods toward her house.

 

Sasha Wilson has been described as a “trifle morbid.” She is the author of Bury The Hatchet a true crime podcast meets live bluegrass musical about the infamous American axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. She likes history and things that go bump in the night. This evening is no exception. This evening, ladies and gentlemen, she presents “Night Sweats” a tale of terror and loneliness in the Wild West.

 

Get your tickets now!

Scare Slam 2018 – Applications Now Open!

Got a scary story to tell? We’d love to hear it.

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…

Download a submission form and submit by midnight on Fri 28th September.

Got questions? Just email ellie@blackshawonline.com

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 for info.

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

“ranging from peculiar to haunting, with some humour thrown in for good measure” – The Spy in the Stalls

“enjoyable, scary and memorable” – London Pub Theatres

“I was totally engrossed by it. A winning horror story that I wanted to end… for all the right reasons!” – Scare Tour UK

 

 

**ANNOUNCEMENT** – Scare Slam 2018

**ANNOUNCEMENT KLAXON**

The Scare Slam is back for its 4th consecutive year.  We’ll be haunting the Old Red Lion Theatre as part of the London Horror Festival, Friday 12th October, 9.30pm.

Tickets will be on sale, and applications opened, sooOoOoOn *ghost arms*!

Check out past Scare Slams (pics, reviews, recordings) here.

Blackshaw’s Scare Slam – at the London Horror Festival

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 fourth annual Scare Slam.

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

“ranging from peculiar to haunting, with some humour thrown in for good measure” – The Spy in the Stalls

“enjoyable, scary and memorable” – London Pub Theatres

“I was totally engrossed by it. A winning horror story that I wanted to end… for all the right reasons!” – Scare Tour UK

ANNOUNCEMENT: Moth Man Cast and Creatives

 

 

Check out this lovely lot! They’ll be creating a marvellous show on 8th March, for which you can now get (a very limited number of) tickets…keep it secret, keep it safe.

MEGAN PEMBERTON – Amber

Megan Pemberton is a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama and since graduating, her credits include Redefining Juliet at the Barbican (2016) ‘Pheobe’ in After Party (2017) at the Pleasance Theatre and most recently ‘Sargent Jackie Straker’ in Encompass Production’s Chummy (2017) by BAFTA award winning writer, John Foster.  She has recently returned from Junkbox Theatre’s sell out Edinburgh Fringe Tour of Stiff Dicky and Mine.

EDDIE USHER – Dave

Eddie trained at Drama Studio London.  Some of his theatre credits include A Clockwork Orange (UK/World Tour), Alkaline (Park Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Camden Peoples Theatre), Should’ve Gone to Lourdes (The Arts Theatre)Smoking In The Boys Room (Theatre 503), Brainville At Night (The Old Red Lion), The Pope’s Wedding (The Cock Tavern).  TV and film credits include: Literally A Festival (BBC), Eva’s Diamond (Soob Productions), Centurion (Millicent Productions), The Only One Who

Knows You’re Afraid (DeCantillon Films), Metatron (Bargus Films), Pink Teats (Fright Fest), Sinister Ministers (Discovery Channel).  He’s waiting on the release of new film, A-Symmetry, which is in post-production.

 

 

LIAM FLEMING – Director

Liam works as a Director, Writer and Actor. He is the Artistic Director of in(ep)trepid, an immersive and interactive theatre company since 2014 producing shows for Green Space (2015) and Boomtown Festival (2017). He also runs Bare Essentials, a New Writing Night for Encompass Productions.

His most recent acting credits include: ‘Kevin’ in The Favourite By Yorgos Lanthamos (2018), ‘The Gate Keeper’ in The People’s Revolt By Differencengine (2017) and ‘Mr. Bliss’ for Boomtown Festival (2017).

Website: ineptrepid.com

Twitter: imaginationpipe

 

NICOLE LOCKE – Writer

Nicole is a graduate in English and Creative Writing from Royal Holloway University (2015) where she specialised in playwriting. She is currently completing a Masters degree at City University in Playwriting and Screenwriting, and looking for representation.

Nicole worked with Blackshaw (2013-2016), both as Company Administrator and New Writing Night Manager.  Since then, Nicole has gone on to focus and develop her own writing, including tonight’s play, Moth Man.  She enjoys writing dark comedies/dramas and has recently been experimenting with more supernatural elements.  Her current ambition is to get a run of Moth Man in a fringe theatre, developing it further and getting a wider audience to see her work.

ANDREW CRANE – Sound & Lighting Design

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 73 (Scare Slam 2017)

Settle down for some spooky tales! A live recording of our 2017 Scare Slam, featuring the following performances:

 

The Scratch by Chris Lincé

The Fatberg of Whitechapel by Reece Connolly

Murder of Crows by Ed Hartland at Stack 10 Theatre

The Watching Eye by Dan Weatherer (performed by Ellie Pitkin)

Big Eyes by Liam Steward-George (performed by Jessica Brindle)

The Watcher by Joseph Willis

 

 

Check out the pics and reviews here.