The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 52

This week on the show Iasha, Matt and Ellie are joined by Strat and Alex, doing their very first ‘Art’ on the new segment ‘Strat and Alex Do Art’.

Matt reviews Dr. Strange and maintains his professionalism as he is drawn by our two ‘artists’.Ellie talks to us about something new coming to Cineworld in Wandsworth which is pioneering 4DX cinema experiences and we heard from Owen Collins reciting some of his poetry at a recent Blackshaw new writing night.
  
Alex and Strat get into position to begin drawing Matt’s portrait for the hour recording
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                     Strat tries to copy Alex’s art/looks on longingly at his ability to art.
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Strat is hesitant to show his art to the class
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After much anticipation the two portraits are revealed to the enjoyment of Ellie and possibly to the horror of Matt. Some fine work produced – Can you tell who’s portraits is whose?
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The likeness is uncanny.
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Vacancy: External Communications Coordinator

Can you make Twitter sing? Are you organised, enthusiastic, and looking to take ownership of a company Facebook account? We’re looking for someone to look after our social media here at Blackshaw, and make their mark online. Take a look at our work on our website and see if we might be the company for you. There’s also this handy blog post that tells you why you should join us.

Please note: This role is voluntary, part-time and UNPAID. We’re very flexible and work around company members’ availability.

Let us know if you’re interested by sending a copy of your CV and a covering note to say why you think you’d like to work with us, and we’ll set up an informal meeting with you (email ellie@blackshawonline.com).

Responsibilities include:

– Helping to develop content for social media posting (alongside our existing team)
– Writing copy for, and programming, tweets and facebook posts
– Writing occasional blog posts for the Blackshaw blog
– Responding as Blackshaw, to tweets and comments/posts on Facebook
– Supporting the rest of the team with the development of Blackshaw’s voice and presence online

What you can get from working with us:

– Attend super fun events and theatrical productions
– Receive mentoring from professionals in the team to expand your expertise in your field of interest
– Shadow other Blackshaw team members to gain new skills, experience, and expertise in other areas of work
– Optional: Contribute as a co-host or content producer for the company’s fortnightly podcast, the Blackshaw Arts Hour

– Optional: Contribute to the wider press and marketing campaigns for Blackshaw’s productions

–  Get to meet lots of lovely theatre people

Emma, who’s leaving this post for a full time job in Cardiff, reflects on her time in the role:

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.

I was employed as the Press and External Communications Officer. This was my first ever job in the Arts, it really gave me an insight into the Theatre Industry. The role involves programming the social media – being ‘the voice’ of Blackshaw and contacting Press during show times.

What I loved most about this job was how involved I was. Although I ran this role from home (often in my PJs with a cuppa), the communication within Blackshaw is amazing and I was able to keep up-to-date with everything going on, and program the social media accordingly.

I wish Blackshaw all the best and I can’t wait to see what great things they do next!

 

Please note: This role is voluntary, part-time and UNPAID. We’re very flexible and work around company members’ availability.

Let us know if you’re interested by sending a copy of your CV and a covering note to say why you think you’d like to work with us, and we’ll set up an informal meeting with you (email ellie@blackshawonline.com).

 

New Writing Night – September 2016

Photos by Richard Stratton.

Grim Reaper

Written by Dean Bevan

Directed by Marcus Bazley

Grim Reaper – Thomas Witcomb

Deaf Old Man – Tony Parkin

Deaf Old Woman – Margaret Ashley

 

Eyes

Written by Christopher O’Shaughnessy

Directed by Alexander Pankhurst

Actor – David Bibby

 

Callieach Óg

Written by Gerry Moynihan

Directed by Marcus Bazley

Callieach Óg – Victoria Otter

Snibber Bannon – Jimmy O’Rourke

Marie – Liis Mikk

Daithi – Adrian Fear

 

Exposure

Written by Liam Steward George

Directed by Ellie Pitkin

Alice – Victoria Gibson

Mum – Emily Swain

Greg – Alexander Pankhurst

 

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 50

The Blackshaw Arts Hour turned 50! We had a party with fizz, hats and party poppers.

Iasha is joined by Matt, Ellie, Vikki, Helen, Alex and Andy (with Dave in the the background). Join us for Matts regular film review, a few best bits and a lot of reminiscing.
Here’s Tilly the cat getting into the party spirit
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Scare Slam – a little teaser….

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Lucy’s Tea Party by Molly Beth Morossa

“Filled with the freshness of Roald Dahl’s Rotten Rhymes and the nauseating monstrosity of Sweeney Todd” – Three Weeks (on Morossa’s poetry)

 

Chug Life by Dave Bibby

The story of one man and his journey to a cold pint. Stood in his way are an army of chuggers and monsters desperately trying to get their mitts on his cold hard cash.

 

The Dewey Ones by Ben Whitehead

Set in a Historic town on the island of Crete, this is an account of Ben’s experience spending an unsettling night in a converted windmill.

 

The Flat Upstairs by Paul Joseph

A series of increasingly desperate letters from Arthur Benedict to his Housing Manager, Dolly King, complaining about strange and disturbing activity happening in the flat above his. Only when we hear Dolly’s response back is the full nature of Mr Benedict’s living nightmare revealed.

 

Skag n’ Bone Man by Stack 10 Theatre Company

‘If you don’t go to bed the Skag n’ Bone Man’ll getcha. He’ll come for you if you’re naughty. You’ll hear him coming, boot heels crunching on the tower block stairs, bones rattling from his trench coat.

 

At The Edge by Ed Bailey

A young man stops to fish at the edge of a lake. “You won’t catch here. Not anymore,” says an old man coming out of the mist. A chilling tale of a mother’s love for her children, duty and sacrifice, desperation and murder.

 

The Haunt by Stack 10 Theatre Company

Inspired by epistolary fiction from Dracula to the House of Fallen Leaves, and tells the story of the horrors that lie under the surface of any small town in the UK. As he stares into the abyss, the abyss stares back and then pounces.

 

Tickets available but limited, so book to avoid disappointment!

 

 

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.

NEWS – lineup announced for Scare Slam at London Horror Festival, 17th Oct, 9.30pm

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**ANNOUNCEMENT KLAXON**

 

The following acts are going to be strutting their scary stuff at the Scare Slam on 17th October.

 

Book now to avoid disappointment!

 

Tickets only £7/5

 

Lucy’s Tea Party by Molly Beth Morossa

Chug Life by Dave Bibby

The Dewey Ones by Ben Whitehead

The Flat Upstairs by Paul Joseph

Skag n’ Bone Man by Stack 10 Theatre

At The Edge by Ed Bailey

The Haunt by Stack 10 Theatre

 

 

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 49

This week on the podcast, Matt reviews Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neil and Julian Dennison.

Our arts thing this week is The Emmy’s and we talk about the winners and the various performances that occurred this year.
We hear from Richard Stratton at Blackshaws first ever Scare Slam, telling us about spooky things that keep happening to him. We’re getting ready for our upcoming Scare Slam as a part of the London Horror festival, so if you liked Richard’s story then come along to the Old Red Lion on October the 17th.
We also played a piece of new writing from our most recent New Writing Night at the Hen and Chickens, entitled Eyes.
 

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 48

This week on the show, we delve back into a retro film review and talk about Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice.

Matt wraps up his Edinburgh experience and Iasha went and saw The Book of Mormon this week.
Blackshaw is involved in the Horror Festival this year and we’re doing a transfer of Black Shuck and also staging another one night only Scare Slam. All the information is on our website, and we hope to see you at a show!
To take us out to the end of the show, Ellie takes us through all the movies she’s been to see during the course of her Summer renovations.