Why enter our new writing competition?

2016’s Showcase Award Winner, Gerry Moynihan, tells us why you should go ahead and enter this year’s new writing competition.  You too, could be having your work developed and produced at a London theatre!

 

Deadline: 30th December.

Info on the scheme and how to submit, here.

 

“I submitted a short piece called “CAILLEACH ÓG” to the showcase largely on a whim. At the time I had no idea who the central character was; what the play was about or why I even wrote it! I only  had a vague idea that I wanted “to write something for the stage”. But winning the showcase award soon provided me with the incentive to grapple with the central enigmatic figure who seemed to have come from nowhere.

Blackshaw certainly created a momentum as they immediately set about planning a full production of the play for March 2017. This certainly focuses you and  is a valuable  yet risky leap of faith in the writer; just what most aspiring writers need in fact. But luckily Blackshaw are a writer-centred organisation who are friendly, supportive, approachable, enthusiastic and proactive in their endeavour to get things done.

If you win the showcase award your play will be produced. I recommend that you get in there and very quickly you will move from being “someone with an idea for a play” to being  a writer  with a deadline working towards a full production of your work. And what writer doesn’t want that?”

– Gerry Moynihan

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 53

This week on the show, Iasha is joined by Vikki and Matt, and Strat and Alex are back once again to tackle an art, this week we’re doing sculpture!

Matt reviews Arrival and can hardly contain his excitement for what seems to be a high contender for one of Matt’s picks of the year.

Vikki tells us about a very immersive theatre experience she and Alex participated in last Friday and we also hear a live recording of a Scare Slam story from our Scare Slam at the Horse and Stables last year.

Below is the photographic evidence of the sculpting that took place during the live recording of this podcast…keep reading to find out the winner and the artist whose work would make it onto the fourth plinth (if this were a real contest and not just us making things up for the sake of radio…)

Alex halves the block of clay, pure joy.

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Strat gets in close to achieve optimum art.

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Alex gives us “Giving Thanks”. Not enough to win this time.

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And the winner, deserving of a spot on the fourth plinth, Strat’s “Trump Slug”

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Well done guys, another successful ‘art”

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Scare Slam 2016

A night of chilling storytelling.

A fabulously spooky evening at the Old Red Lion as part of the London Horror Festival.

17th October, 9.30pm.

 

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 (written by Ed Hartland, performed by Stuart Vincent)

At The Edge by Ed Bailey

The Haunt by Stack 10 Theatre (written by Ed Hartland, performed by Charis King)

Compered by Ellie Pitkin

Photos by Charlotte Discombe, Helen Johnson and Ellie Pitkin

 

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.