Fabulous Frankie Fightwell Discounts for Schools and Colleges!

Discount for Schools for Wandsworth Arts Fringe: Live radio play recording at Putney Arts Theatre
 
We are offering discounted tickets to schools and colleges for our live recording of a brand new radio play, The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell, at the Putney Arts Theatre.
This is a great opportunity for schools and colleges to be involved in the Wandsworth Arts Fringe, and for students to engage in a less commonly experienced medium of theatre-making.  This performance includes live foley (creation of sound effects) which is especially exciting!
 
Our special discount for schools and colleges makes student tickets just £5 with a free teacher ticket with every 10 student tickets purchased.
 
Date: Friday 11th & Saturday 12th May, 7.30pm
Venue: Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road, Putney, SW15 6AW
Time: 7.30pm (running time 1hr)
Tickets: £7.50/9.50
 
SPECIAL RATE FOR SCHOOLS: £5 per student and 1 free teacher ticket for every 10 student tickets purchased
  
Please email bookings@blackshawonline.com to take advantage of this discount and to book your tickets.
 
About the play:

Performed in front of a live audience, with live foley (sound effects), this new radio play by Chris Buxey is a dark comedy about principles, money and the importance of family.
 
Stuart is author of the beloved Young Adult literature heroine, Frankie Fightwell. While writing his latest novel, Stuart realises 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! Rated 12A.  
 
British Sign Language interpreter on Friday 11th May.
  
Reviews for Blackshaw Theatre
 
“compelling from start to finish” – 5 stars
Remote Goat for Staying Alive Nov 2015
 
“explosive emotion…a strong cast…lively and full of wit…” – 4 stars
West End Wilma for Staying Alive Nov 2015
 
“a little bit silly, a little bit scary and thoroughly worth a watch.”
London Theatre Reviewer for Black Shuck May 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell Cast and Creatives

In super exciting news, here are our wonderful cast and creatives for ‘The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell’ by Chris Buxey…

 


CHRIS BUXEY – Writer
Chris is a writer who lives in the south of England with his wife and two children. His first stage play, The Haunting of Exham Priory, toured theatres across the country in the autumn of 2016. When not writing stage plays, Chris can be found writing web comics and short stories online at chrisbuxey.com.
 

JOHN RAYMENT – Stuart

This is John’s third outing with Blackshaw, having previously appeared as ‘Barquentine’ in Gormenghast: Titus Groan (2012), and in the original reading of The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell in 2017’s Showcase Shortlist. 

Other recent credits include:

‘Trotter’, Journey’s End (2016 UK tour/2017, Ypres, Belgium); ‘Mr. Monopoly’, Monopoly Live, Dubai (2015 & 2017); ‘Sarge’, Choppercoppers, The Brockley Jack (2017); ‘Marcus’ & ‘Patrick’, The Past Is A Tattooed Sailor, The Old Red Lion (2016); ‘Porteous’, Classified, The Space/Hounslow Arts Centre (2015 & 2016); ‘Roy’, Bedtime Story, Theatre Royal Stratford East (2016); ‘Mayor Red Thomas’, Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future (2014); ‘Albany’, Lear, The Union Theatre (2014); ‘Mayor Meanswell’, Lazy Town Live, Abu Dhabi.

 

ABIGAIL MORGAN – Frankie Fightwell/Rachel
Abigail is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (2013).  Since leaving she has played ‘Cassie’ in Gone Viral at St.James Theatre (2014), ‘Iris’ in To Be A Wife at The Hen and Chickens (2014), ‘Ellie’ in The Laundrette at the Vaults Festival (2018), and ‘Catherine Morland’ in Northanger Abbey (2017-18), which was at the Pleasance Theatre last year and will continue to tour later this year.  She also completed her first feature film, One Night More, last year which is set to tour film festivals this summer.
 
Abigail is also an established voiceover artist. She is a regular voice for MTVKISS FM and Capital FM. Abigail played ‘Billie’ in Billie and the Ghost on the Disney Channel, and has also recently finished her first animation.
 

TOM SLATTER – Dominic/Viktor
Tom’s credits include RSC, Suffolk Summer Theatre; Stonecrabs Theatre Co, Ovation Productions, Savio(u)r, Sell A Door Theatre Co, London Grey and Green Theatre Co, London Comedy Writers, Blackshaw Theatre, Tik-Sho-Ret Theatre Co, Foolish People and Sturdy Beggars.  Screen Credits include Slate4Films, Embankment Films, Netflix/Hat-Trick, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and NEWSNIGHT on BBC. Radio credits include Wireless Theatre Company and Roundhouse Radio.
 
ELLIE PITKIN – Director and Producer
Ellie is the Managing & Artistic Director of Blackshaw Theatre Company, which she founded in May 2010.  Directing credits include Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker (London & Edinburgh, 2009) and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (London, 2006).  With Blackshaw, Ellie has directed Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery (Putney Arts Theatre, 2017); Black Shuck by Duncan Hands (Old Red Lion Theatre, 2016); Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (The Pleasance, 2015); Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (Selkirk Upstairs, Battersea Library & The British Home, 2014 & 2015); Character by Florence Vincent (Selkirk Upstairs & Tristan Bates Theatre, 2014 & 2015); Fetch by Duncan Gates (Selkirk Upstairs, 2014); Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (Selkirk Upstairs & Etcetera Theatre, 2013); Gormenghast: Titus Groan (Apr 2012 – The Actors’ Church, Covent Garden).
A graduate in Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University (2008), Ellie also comperes Blackshaw’s regular New Writing Nights and produces/presents Blackshaw’s podcast, The Blackshaw Arts Hour.
 
ANDREW CRANE – Foley Wizard
Andrew is a graduate in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University (2012), and has worked as a sound designer and technician for Blackshaw Theatre since 2012.  Sound Design credits include Moth Man by Nicole Locke (2018), Cailleach Óg by Gerry Moynihan (2017), Black Shuck by Duncan Hands (2016), Call it Even by Naila Vázquez Tantinyà (2016), Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (2015), Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (2014 & 2015), Character by Florence Vincent (2014), and Fetch by Duncan Gates (2014).
For Blackshaw’s Arts Hour on Wandsworth Radio, Andrew has produced live foley and post-production editing for Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery by Richard Stratton (2017), and designed/edited several radio plays including Audience with the Ghost Finder by M.J. Starling (2015), and a serialised adaptation of Great Expectations by Marcus Bazley.
 
 

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 –

 

BOOK NOW

 

Cailleach Óg – March 2017, The Pleasance Theatre

CAILLEACH ÓG by Gerry Moynihan

WORLD PREMIER: Industry Showcase

Blackshaw’s Showcase Award Winner 2016

Performed Thursday 2nd March, 7.45pm, The Pleasance Theatre

‘CAILLEACH ÓG…? She arrived on the back of a pig. What else do ye need tae know?’

Husband and wife DÁITHÍ and MÁIRE UÍ DHOMHNAILL own a pub in Bally Briocht – frequented by local barfly SNIBBER BANNON. A strange woman calling herself CAILLEACH ÓG arrives, and is soon making wild claims about being “The Mother of Mountains”, much to the amusement of DÁITHÍ, MÁIRE and SNIBBER.

DÁITHÍ subsequently finds his fate increasingly intertwined with that of CAILLEACH ÓG. And as his life very quickly unravels beyond his control, he desperately tries to hold on to his marriage as well as his sanity.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Gerry is from Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He graduated in 2012 with an MA in Screenwriting from The London College of Communication. His projects include a feature King Billy And The Popes; a TV spec script for a Detective series Bundle, a spec script for BBC TV Series ‘Doctors’ Teenage Kicks and a radio play entitled The Bread of Life. He has also published one short story, Phantom Limbs.

His first piece for theatre, a short play entitled Skiver, was staged at the Brockley Jack Theatre. His first full length play Continuity opened “Vibrant 2016” – The Finborough Theatre’s Annual Festival of New Writing and is currently being considered for a full production in the summer.

Cailleach Óg won The Blackshaw Theatre’s Showcase 2016 Award.

t: @GerryMoynihan w: http:// geraldmoynihan890.wixsite.com/scriptwriter

THANKS FROM THE WRITER

Marcus Bazley for his insightful script feedback. Matt Boothman, Vikki Weston and Ellie Pitkin for the support in making this production happen at all! The talented actors and crew whose combined efforts brought the script to life. To Ronnie Troughton for listening/arguing/supporting. And a very special thanks to my number one muse & critic who keeps me going; Claire Dongworth.

CAST & CREATIVES

VICTORIA OTTER – Cailleach Óg

Victoria graduated with an MA in Acting from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and studied Drama at Exeter University. Recent theatre credits include ‘Jackie’ in Bad News (Briefs) by Shaun Kitchener (Waterloo East Theatre), ‘Gertrude’ in Hamlet (site specific), ‘Rivers’ in Richard III (Old Red Lion Theatre), ‘Stevie’ in Fitting Room by Tara Lepore (Eastern Angles, The Wolsley Theatre) and ‘Sarah Casey’ in The Tinker’s Wedding by J.Synge (London Irish Theatre).

Victoria first played Cailleach Óg as a rehearsed reading for Blackshaw Theatre at their New Writing night at the Hen & Chickens theatre.

 

NATHAN GORDON – Dáithí Ó Domhnaill

Nathan graduated in 2016 from the one-year acting course at Oxford School of Drama. Theatre credits include: ‘H’ in Flashes by Isley Lynn (Soho Theatre, 2016); ‘Lucio’ in Measure for Measure (North Wall Oxford, 2016); and ‘Ernest Beevers’ in Time and the Conways (OSD, 2016). Screen credits include: ‘Marc Vlessing’ in Foyle’s War (ITV, 2013) and ‘Duncan Stonehouse’ in Irish soap Fair City (RTÉ, 2008-10). Nathan very recently recorded The Secret by Deric Henderson as an audio book for RNIB Talking Books.

 

LIIS MIKK – Máire Uí Dhomhnaill

Liis trained with The National Youth Theatre. Her recent theatre credits include ‘Woman’ in The Ones with Urbn Theatr (2016), ‘Chorus’ in The Bacchae with Lazarus Theatre Company (2016), ‘Liz’ in Master of the Macabre with MOTM Productions (2015), and ‘Berta’ in Re:Tale with Written Foundations Theatre Company (2015).

Liis is currently seeking representation.

 

STEPHEN GOOD – Snibber

Stephen is a graduate of Drama Studio London. Credits include ‘Polonius’ in Hamlet (2012; directed by Jimmy Walters). For Mercurius Theatre (all directed by Jenny Eastop): ‘Chrysalde/Henry’ in School for Wives (2013); ‘Hoard’ in A Trick to Catch the Old One (2014); ‘Yellowhammer’ in A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (2015); ‘Everill/Sir Paul Eitherside’ in The Devil is an Ass (2015). For television: ‘Pete’ in Unbelievers (2015 TV pilot, directed by Matthew Colclough).

As an Irish actor, Stephen is particularly gratified to be involved in a new Irish play.

MARCUS J. BAZLEY – Director

Marcus is Artistic Director of Cyphers Productions, as well as a freelance director who has worked across the UK and in France. He has previously worked for Blackshaw as Assistant Director on Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (2015) and Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (2015). Directing credits include: Henry V by William Shakespeare (2014 & 2015), Le Journal d’un Fou by Nikoli Gogol (2015), Communicate by Jeremy Fletcher (2016), as well as his own adaptations of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (2015) and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (2016).

ANDREW CRANE – Sound & Lighting Designer

Andrew is a graduate in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University (2012), and has worked as a sound designer and technician for Blackshaw Theatre since 2012. Sound Design credits include Black Shuck by Duncan Hands (2016—Old Red Lion), Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (2015—The Pleasance), Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (2014 & 2015—Battersea Library), Character by Florence Vincent (2014—Tristan Bates), and Fetch by Duncan Gates (2014—The Selkirk).

For Blackshaw’s Arts Hour on Wandsworth Radio, Andrew has edited several radio plays including Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (2015), and a serialised adaptation of Great Expectations by Marcus Bazley.

ELLIE PITKIN—Producer

ADAM PENNY—Assistant Producer

VIKKI WESTON—Script Consultant

MATT BOOTHMAN—Script Consultant

JESSICA BAILES, VIOLAINE BRUNELIN, IASHA CHAPMAN, SUSANA COLUNGA, CHARLOTTE DISCOMBE, LIAM STEWARD-GEORGE, RICHARD STRATTON—Associate Producers

 

 

Black Shuck at the London Horror Festival: A Review

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“Played by Alexander Pankhurst, it’s an enjoyable portrayal of this geeky character who is able to precisely name different birds by their call alone. He provides a wonderful foil to Martha played by Rachel Nott, a bolshie and dominating woman. The two of them are a comically incompetent pair.”

 

“There is a particularly well thought out lighting and sound design by Andrew Crane who helps to transport us to the night-time Norfolk Coast and give the play some eerie atmospheric effects. The aeroplane landing lights is particularly effective. The one simple piece of set, a groyne, also works wonders.”

 

Read the full review here.