NEWS: award-winning Frankie Fightwell broadcast date!

Thrilled that ‘The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell’ by Chris Buxey, what we performed at the Putney Arts Theatre has only gone and won Stagedoor’s Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018 New Writing Award!


You can put the award-winning piece of radio drama in your ears when it launches on 20th June – broadcast on Wandsworth Radio at midnight, and then available to stream or download.



Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 84

  • Listen to the Q&A session from the end of our WAF writing workshop (featuring Blackshaw’s Director, Ellie Pitkin, Blackshaw’s Project Manager, Vikki Weston, and writers; M. J. Starling, Chris Buxey and Kat Roberts.
  • Strat & Alex Do Art: this time they try their hand(s) at haiku
  • We announce that ‘The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell’ will be played in full in the next episode (released 20th June).

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 83

Pop this in your earholes – the fantastic Chris Buxey, Kat Roberts, and M. J. Starling discuss writing – the discipline of writing, how to write ‘real’ dialogue, and more!

Chris Buxey

He wrote ‘The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell’, which is our next show for Wandsworth Fringe at the Putney Arts Theatre! Find out more about Chris on his website and our blog –


Kat Roberts

She wrote ‘Staying Alive’, our 2014 Showcase Award Winner, which went on to have a run at the Pleasance Theatre with Blackshaw, AND was published by Nick Hern books! Kat is now developing a new play, and writing scripts for TV.  Find out more about ‘Staying Alive’ on our blog –


M. J. Starling

He wrote ‘Audience with the Ghost Finder’, which we produced at Wandsworth Fringe 2013, and London Horror Festival 2013! Find out more on his website and listen to the radio play version on our blog –

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 81

  • Matt reviews ‘The Quiet Place’
  • Helen interviews the cast and creatives at the first rehearsal for ‘The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell’
  • Strat and Alex do Art – this time they tackle Set Design – they’re drawing the set for an imaginary production of Frankie Fightwell (no budget constraints!).

Relevant Links

The Quiet Place – 

The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell –

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 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

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 80

  • Matt reviews Pacific Rim Uprising
  • Strat & Alex do Art returns!  This time, they’re painting eggs (sure…)
  • Ellie saw ’42nd Street’  – what did she think?
  • Matt saw ‘The Great Wave’ – what did he think?
  • Matt and Ellie have a chat about the latest series of ‘Merely Roleplayers’  – they’re in the Wild West – listen to some clips (and then binge the series!)



Useful Links

Pacific Rim Uprising –

42nd Street –

The Great Wave –

Painting Eggs – dragon fun –

Merely Roleplayers –