Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 75

Ellie’s riding solo this time, but don’t let that put you off!  Check out all this content…

Film reflection – Ellie chats a bit about ‘3 billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’

Strat and Alex do Art – the genteel pastime of Potato Printing

Listen to the 2nd half of 18 shows to see in 2018 (off of that Timeout article)

We give you some Blackshaw news!  2 shows are upcoming…woo!

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 74

Ellie, Matt and Vikki are in the studio for the first time in 2018!

  • Matt reviews Pitch Perfect 3
  • Strat & Alex do Art – Limericks (oh dear…) – tweet us your limerick and we’ll RT our faves
  • We talk about Timeout’s ’18 shows to see in 2018′
  • Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018 is open to applicants until 2nd Feb – get involved!
  • Merely Roleplayers is half way through Season 2 – catch up with the hijinks.



Limericks by Strat

While listening to the show yesterday,
They reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey.
Matt didn’t find it a thriller.
He found it rather vanilla.
Which I didn’t expect him to say.

We thought we’d do something real smart,
A high-brow, intelligent part.
We wanted a section,
That was utter perfection.
But we got Strat and Alex do Art.

When Matt’s recording, sat on his tushy,
There’s something you can’t, but he can see.
If you hear him mutter,
Or stumble or stutter,
He’s distracted by Ellie’s pussy.


Limbericks by Alex

Two jokers attempting to art
Its hard to tell them apart
Laughing and playing
Don’t know what they’re saying,
I’m just glad I’ve not used the word fart
The Matt Boothman film review
Fancy a listen? Pull up a pew.
This man knows words in a way thats absurd
So much its hard to eschew
Working alongside a cat
Can be hard, there’s fairness in that.
This fluffy ball of fur does more than just purr,
She also eats loudly, the twat.
I’m not an old man from Kent
My nose isn’t terribly bent
These Stereotypes are silly and shite
And not at all what is meant
Tentatively approaching a task
Trying not to get caught up too fast
Being tactful and deft wanting emotional heft
But knowing its already been done in the past

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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.

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 72

This show includes…

Our next episode will be a live recording of our 2017 Scare Slam at the London Horror Festival.  WoooOoooOoo!

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 71

Matt and Ellie are back in the studio!


  • Matt reviews DC’s latest offering, ‘Justice League’
  • Our sister podcast, Merely Roleplayers, series 1 is available to binge now!
  • We see and review ‘How to Win Against History’ at the Young Vic (trailer here), brainchild of Seiriol Davies (book/music/lyrics/genius man playing the lead role of 5th Marquess of Anglesey)
  • Strat and Alex do Art – photography in the field (the wilds of Tooting).  It’s a draw, so the public decides whose photo best encapsulates the spirit of Tooting Market (photos below!) – voting opens 6th Dec and closes 14th Dec at midnight
By Alex
By Strat

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 69

Back with some brand new, and super snazzy, jingles!

Matt reviews Thor: Ragnarok (spoiler: it sounds GREAT).

Ellie and Matt chat about potential Oscar nominations (using this handy buzzfeed article).

Ellie has watched the first episode of ‘The Good Doctor’ and lets us know her thoughts (she done a cry).

There’s some netflix recommendations (‘The Good Place’ & ‘Mindhunter’).

Strat & Alex do Art – this time they take on a team challenge, and work together to write a children’s book!



Jessica Pride Goes to School

by Richard Stratton & Alexander Pankhurst


It was a sunny morning at Safari Primary School and all the children were busy learning.

“Good morning class.”

“Good morning, Miss. Russell!”, said the children.

“I would like to introduce your new classmate. Her name is Jessica Pride. Say hello, class.”


— Would you like to say hello to Jessica? —


“Terry’, said Miss Russell, “How about you show Jessica round?”

Terry was excited about showing Jessica the classroom and all the activities. They started with finger painting.

“Ooo, your hand looks different to mine.”, said Terry.


— What does your hand look like? —


Next they went to play in the Home corner.

“What should we cook for dinner?” Asked Terry.

“I like antelope.” Said Jessica.

“Oh, that’s different.”, said Terry, “I like chips.”


— What’s your favourite food? —


Next Terry showed her the wet play area.

Jessica didn’t like getting wet, but Terry really liked splashing in the water.

— Do you like playing in the water? —


Finally, the whole class sat on the carpet to sing a song.

Jessica’s voice was very loud. Much louder than Terry’s


— How loud can you sing? —


Terry realised that something was different with Jessica…She was a lion!

“But lions aren’t meant to come to school are they?” said Terry.

“Of course they can.” said Miss. Russell, “Everyone should get to go to school.”

So Jessica got to stay at school and she and Terry became best friends.


The end.

Scare Slam 2017 – Photos & Reviews

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

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“enjoyable, scary and memorable” – London Pub Theatres

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

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The Scare Slam was recorded live and will be airing on the Blackshaw Arts Hour podcast on 3rd Jan 2018.


Photos by Richard Stratton –