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:
– 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.
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.
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.
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!
Open to Wandsworth residents and students aged 16-25.
No previous experience required.
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)
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.
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