ANNOUNCEMENT: Podcast format changing after our 100th Episode

**Announcement Klaxon**

As of Feb 2019, we will be ceasing to broadcast our ‘magazine’ style podcast every fortnight. Instead, we will be focusing our energies on producing more audio drama.  As we wind down (or up?) to our 100th episode of the podcast, the next few months’ programming looks like this…

21st Nov – Black Shuck, a radio play, in full
5th Dec – Great Expectations, a radio play, Part 1
19th Dec – Great Expectations, a radio play, Part 2
2nd Jan – Great Expectations, a radio play, Part 3
16th Jan – Great Expectations, a radio play, Part 4
30th Jan – 100th Episode!

 

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: FREE Writing Workshop

Thanks to support from the Wandsworth Arts Fund, we are running a FREE Writing Workshop for Wandsworth residents aged 16+ on Sat 12th May, 2-4pm, Putney Arts Theatre.

The workshop will cover the discipline of writing, creating narrative, writing for radio, and can offer support for starting writing, or works in progress.

Apply now!

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

Internship Applications Open for The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell

Theatre/Radio Internship with Blackshaw Theatre Company

 
An introduction to working in professional theatre/radio, offering the chance to shadow and assist our sound designer/engineer, director, actors and stage manager on a professional production.
 
You could choose to shadow/assist in one or more of the following areas:
– foley 
– sound
– directing
– theatre/radio production
 
You will also have a place reserved for you on our new writing workshop (Saturday 12th May, 11am-1pm, Putney Arts Theatre).
 
Our interns will be fully supported throughout their time with us, and on successful completion of the internship will receive a credit in the programme, and a reference for future job applications.
 
Foley –
This is the creation and performance of sound effects on stage.  It’s super fun, and will be coordinated by our sound designer, Andrew Crane.  To get a taste of what we’ve done before, listen to Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery.  The role could involve working with Andy to try out different ways to produce sound effects, assisting during rehearsals, and/or performing these on the day during the show. 
Sound – 
We need to carefully balance the recording of foley and live voices of the actors during the performances, so you could work with our sound engineer to see how this works in practice, and assist during the get in, technical rehearsal and performance.
Directing – 
You could work with our Director, Ellie, during rehearsals and on show day; working with the writer to tweak the script, coordinating foley and sound with Andy, and getting the best possible performances from our actors.
Theatre/radio production – 
There needs to be a clear overview of the performance – coordination of venue, creatives, sales, marketing.  If you want to see what it’s like to hold all the strings, come and assist our company director, Ellie, in the production of the whole show!
 
Eligibility
Open to Wandsworth residents and students aged 16-25.
No previous experience required.
Dates/Hours

Please note you will definitely need to be available for the get in/technical rehearsal, and performance dates (11th and 12th May, details below), but other dates can be flexible and work around your other commitments.

Friday 11th May, 3-9pm (Putney Arts Theatre)

Saturday 12th May 6-9pm (Putney Arts Theatre)

Sunday 15th April, 11am-5pm (Tooting)
Sunday 29th April, 11am-5pm (Tooting)
Sunday 6th May, 11am-5pm (Tooting)

TBC – production meeting with interns (based on everyone’s availability)

 This is a voluntary, unpaid post, but we are seeking funding to cover travel expenses.
 
About the show

The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell by Chris Buxey
Putney Arts Theatre
Friday 11th May & Saturday 12th May (7.30pm)
This radio play is a dark comedy about principles, money, and the importance of family. Stuart is a writer and creator of the beloved Young Adult literature heroine Frankie Fightwell. When Stuart’s agent delivers some bad news, Stuart soon comes to realise that there might be more than just the usual vampire sharks and giant Nazi man-spiders preventing Frankie from making it to the end of her latest adventure. But Frankie – and Stuart – aren’t going down without a fight! 

The radio play will be performed in front of a live audience, with live foley (sound effects) and aired on the Blackshaw Arts Hour on Wandsworth Radio and made available on the Blackshaw Arts Hour podcast to stream or download.
To express an interest and receive an application form, email: ellie@blackshawonline.com
Application Deadline: Friday 23rd March
Testimony from volunteers we’ve worked with before – 

“Blackshaw Theatre are an inspiring theatre company and I had a great time working with them over the last year and a half. They are a very welcoming and talented group of people who really made me feel part of the company from day one. This was my first ever job in the Arts, it really gave me an insight into the Theatre Industry.”

– Emma, Press and External Communications Officer

“It is great to be able to work alongside such passionate and enthusiastic people who share a love of the theatre.”

– Nicole, New Writing Night Manager

“All the work Blackshaw has enabled me to do in the last 2 years, contributed to my successful application to study a Masters in Stage Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.”
– Lizzie Cooper, Stage Manager

“A fantastic opportunity for me to get some hands on experience in a great atmosphere”
– Michelle Bristow, Costume Assistant

“It’s fantastic working with such a great bunch of motivated and creative people and the support from all members of the Blackshaw team has been fantastic.”

– Iasha, Radio Producer

“Working with Blackshaw was not only great because of their supportive nature, but exciting because they helped see potential in my work and kept the whole process as collaborative as possible… it’s all about the work and no one is ever forgotten or made to feel their role is not important”
– Katie McCullough, writer

“A lovely working atmosphere in which people feel able to contribute and work as equals in a friendly environment.”
– Ceridwen Smith, Actor

WANTED: Designer for ‘Moth Man’

Designer and Props Maker needed for ‘Moth Man’ at The Old Red Lion, 8th March 2018

 

WORLD PREMIERE – MOTH MAN by Nicole Locke
Blackshaw’s Showcase Award Winner 2017
An industry showcase produced by Blackshaw Theatre Company

Thursday 8th March 2018, 7.30pm (1h)
The Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St John Street London EC1V 4NJ

“I can see. There is the moon. Besides I’m not exactly going anywhere whilst I’m transitioning, am I?”

Lepidopterist, Dave, tries to cope with his recent breakup by transforming into a Moth. His sister, Amber, must put aside her own feelings in order to coax him from his cocoon. However, Dave and Amber will discover that not everything is as simple as Moth and Man, when a series of hidden betrayals emerge, forcing them to confront what is really happening behind the makeshift wings and all the maple syrup.

As it’s an industry showcase, and one night only, we don’t need a fully realised stage design, but aim to do a set up which is evocative of a design that one might go for if a full production was staged. We are keen to have a clear aesthetic concept, and need for the homemade moth wings to be robustly made.  They should be made out of rubbish – household items – they need to stay on when for the duration of a lot of flapping, but don’t need to actually look like moth wings.

In the script the setting is described as:A dark open plan London flat. There is a kitchen on the left hand side and a living space filling the rest of the stage.

A window allows moonlight to illuminate the space. The flat is a mess with rubbish, beer bottles and syrup everywhere. There is a large cocoon made from rubbish, duct tape and syrup in the living room. Rustling and insect sounds can be heard coming from the cocoon. After a minute footsteps are heard from outside the flat, then a man’s voice. Sound of a key turning in the lock. The cocoon falls silent.

He is covered in insect like markings, wearing dirty clothes, with wings attached to his back made out of rubbish.

All cast and creatives are welcome to invite any industry folk they want, and we have a list of people we invite (producers, venues, directors, agents), so it gives everyone great exposure and networking opportunities. Due to the nature of the budget, we have a budget of £50.

We anticipate the designer being needed in person for one meeting, and the performance day itself.

Please email ellie@blackshawonline.com to express interest.