ANNOUNCEMENT: The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell Cast and Creatives

In super exciting news, here are our wonderful cast and creatives for ‘The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell’ by Chris Buxey…

 


CHRIS BUXEY – Writer
Chris is a writer who lives in the south of England with his wife and two children. His first stage play, The Haunting of Exham Priory, toured theatres across the country in the autumn of 2016. When not writing stage plays, Chris can be found writing web comics and short stories online at chrisbuxey.com.
 

JOHN RAYMENT – Stuart

This is John’s third outing with Blackshaw, having previously appeared as ‘Barquentine’ in Gormenghast: Titus Groan (2012), and in the original reading of The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell in 2017’s Showcase Shortlist. 

Other recent credits include:

‘Trotter’, Journey’s End (2016 UK tour/2017, Ypres, Belgium); ‘Mr. Monopoly’, Monopoly Live, Dubai (2015 & 2017); ‘Sarge’, Choppercoppers, The Brockley Jack (2017); ‘Marcus’ & ‘Patrick’, The Past Is A Tattooed Sailor, The Old Red Lion (2016); ‘Porteous’, Classified, The Space/Hounslow Arts Centre (2015 & 2016); ‘Roy’, Bedtime Story, Theatre Royal Stratford East (2016); ‘Mayor Red Thomas’, Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future (2014); ‘Albany’, Lear, The Union Theatre (2014); ‘Mayor Meanswell’, Lazy Town Live, Abu Dhabi.

 

ABIGAIL MORGAN – Frankie Fightwell/Rachel
Abigail is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (2013).  Since leaving she has played ‘Cassie’ in Gone Viral at St.James Theatre (2014), ‘Iris’ in To Be A Wife at The Hen and Chickens (2014), ‘Ellie’ in The Laundrette at the Vaults Festival (2018), and ‘Catherine Morland’ in Northanger Abbey (2017-18), which was at the Pleasance Theatre last year and will continue to tour later this year.  She also completed her first feature film, One Night More, last year which is set to tour film festivals this summer.
 
Abigail is also an established voiceover artist. She is a regular voice for MTVKISS FM and Capital FM. Abigail played ‘Billie’ in Billie and the Ghost on the Disney Channel, and has also recently finished her first animation.
 

TOM SLATTER – Dominic/Viktor
Tom’s credits include RSC, Suffolk Summer Theatre; Stonecrabs Theatre Co, Ovation Productions, Savio(u)r, Sell A Door Theatre Co, London Grey and Green Theatre Co, London Comedy Writers, Blackshaw Theatre, Tik-Sho-Ret Theatre Co, Foolish People and Sturdy Beggars.  Screen Credits include Slate4Films, Embankment Films, Netflix/Hat-Trick, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and NEWSNIGHT on BBC. Radio credits include Wireless Theatre Company and Roundhouse Radio.
 
ELLIE PITKIN – Director and Producer
Ellie is the Managing & Artistic Director of Blackshaw Theatre Company, which she founded in May 2010.  Directing credits include Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker (London & Edinburgh, 2009) and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (London, 2006).  With Blackshaw, Ellie has directed Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery (Putney Arts Theatre, 2017); Black Shuck by Duncan Hands (Old Red Lion Theatre, 2016); Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (The Pleasance, 2015); Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (Selkirk Upstairs, Battersea Library & The British Home, 2014 & 2015); Character by Florence Vincent (Selkirk Upstairs & Tristan Bates Theatre, 2014 & 2015); Fetch by Duncan Gates (Selkirk Upstairs, 2014); Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (Selkirk Upstairs & Etcetera Theatre, 2013); Gormenghast: Titus Groan (Apr 2012 – The Actors’ Church, Covent Garden).
A graduate in Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University (2008), Ellie also comperes Blackshaw’s regular New Writing Nights and produces/presents Blackshaw’s podcast, The Blackshaw Arts Hour.
 
ANDREW CRANE – Foley Wizard
Andrew is a graduate in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University (2012), and has worked as a sound designer and technician for Blackshaw Theatre since 2012.  Sound Design credits include Moth Man by Nicole Locke (2018), Cailleach Óg by Gerry Moynihan (2017), Black Shuck by Duncan Hands (2016), Call it Even by Naila Vázquez Tantinyà (2016), Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (2015), Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (2014 & 2015), Character by Florence Vincent (2014), and Fetch by Duncan Gates (2014).
For Blackshaw’s Arts Hour on Wandsworth Radio, Andrew has produced live foley and post-production editing for Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery by Richard Stratton (2017), and designed/edited several radio plays including Audience with the Ghost Finder by M.J. Starling (2015), and a serialised adaptation of Great Expectations by Marcus Bazley.
 
 

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 77

It’s a three-way in the studio this time, as Ellie, Matt and Andy talk arts, arts, arts…

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Moth Man Cast and Creatives

 

 

Check out this lovely lot! They’ll be creating a marvellous show on 8th March, for which you can now get (a very limited number of) tickets…keep it secret, keep it safe.

MEGAN PEMBERTON – Amber

Megan Pemberton is a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama and since graduating, her credits include Redefining Juliet at the Barbican (2016) ‘Pheobe’ in After Party (2017) at the Pleasance Theatre and most recently ‘Sargent Jackie Straker’ in Encompass Production’s Chummy (2017) by BAFTA award winning writer, John Foster.  She has recently returned from Junkbox Theatre’s sell out Edinburgh Fringe Tour of Stiff Dicky and Mine.

EDDIE USHER – Dave

Eddie trained at Drama Studio London.  Some of his theatre credits include A Clockwork Orange (UK/World Tour), Alkaline (Park Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Camden Peoples Theatre), Should’ve Gone to Lourdes (The Arts Theatre)Smoking In The Boys Room (Theatre 503), Brainville At Night (The Old Red Lion), The Pope’s Wedding (The Cock Tavern).  TV and film credits include: Literally A Festival (BBC), Eva’s Diamond (Soob Productions), Centurion (Millicent Productions), The Only One Who

Knows You’re Afraid (DeCantillon Films), Metatron (Bargus Films), Pink Teats (Fright Fest), Sinister Ministers (Discovery Channel).  He’s waiting on the release of new film, A-Symmetry, which is in post-production.

 

 

LIAM FLEMING – Director

Liam works as a Director, Writer and Actor. He is the Artistic Director of in(ep)trepid, an immersive and interactive theatre company since 2014 producing shows for Green Space (2015) and Boomtown Festival (2017). He also runs Bare Essentials, a New Writing Night for Encompass Productions.

His most recent acting credits include: ‘Kevin’ in The Favourite By Yorgos Lanthamos (2018), ‘The Gate Keeper’ in The People’s Revolt By Differencengine (2017) and ‘Mr. Bliss’ for Boomtown Festival (2017).

Website: ineptrepid.com

Twitter: imaginationpipe

 

NICOLE LOCKE – Writer

Nicole is a graduate in English and Creative Writing from Royal Holloway University (2015) where she specialised in playwriting. She is currently completing a Masters degree at City University in Playwriting and Screenwriting, and looking for representation.

Nicole worked with Blackshaw (2013-2016), both as Company Administrator and New Writing Night Manager.  Since then, Nicole has gone on to focus and develop her own writing, including tonight’s play, Moth Man.  She enjoys writing dark comedies/dramas and has recently been experimenting with more supernatural elements.  Her current ambition is to get a run of Moth Man in a fringe theatre, developing it further and getting a wider audience to see her work.

ANDREW CRANE – Sound & Lighting Design

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 76

Ellie and Matt are reunited in the studio!

  • Film Review: The Cloverfield Paradox
  • Strat and Alex do Art: Stop Motion
  • Moth Man – interview with the writer, Nicole Locke
  • We announce the Moth Man cast
  • Theatre Reviews – The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter (The Harold Pinter Theatre til 14th April) & The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth (Gielgud til 19th May)
  • We announce the Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell cast

Relevant Links –

http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-birthday-party/harold-pinter-theatre/ 

http://theferrymanplay.com/ 

Internship Applications Open for The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell

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:
– foley 
– sound
– directing
– 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.
 
Foley –
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. 
Sound – 
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.
Directing – 
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!
 
Eligibility
Open to Wandsworth residents and students aged 16-25.
No previous experience required.
Dates/Hours

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)

 This is a voluntary, unpaid post, but we are seeking funding to cover travel expenses.
 
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.
To express an interest and receive an application form, email: ellie@blackshawonline.com
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

WANTED: Designer for ‘Moth Man’

Designer and Props Maker needed for ‘Moth Man’ at The Old Red Lion, 8th March 2018

 

WORLD PREMIERE – MOTH MAN by Nicole Locke
Blackshaw’s Showcase Award Winner 2017
An industry showcase produced by Blackshaw Theatre Company

Thursday 8th March 2018, 7.30pm (1h)
The Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St John Street London EC1V 4NJ

“I can see. There is the moon. Besides I’m not exactly going anywhere whilst I’m transitioning, am I?”

Lepidopterist, Dave, tries to cope with his recent breakup by transforming into a Moth. His sister, Amber, must put aside her own feelings in order to coax him from his cocoon. However, Dave and Amber will discover that not everything is as simple as Moth and Man, when a series of hidden betrayals emerge, forcing them to confront what is really happening behind the makeshift wings and all the maple syrup.

As it’s an industry showcase, and one night only, we don’t need a fully realised stage design, but aim to do a set up which is evocative of a design that one might go for if a full production was staged. We are keen to have a clear aesthetic concept, and need for the homemade moth wings to be robustly made.  They should be made out of rubbish – household items – they need to stay on when for the duration of a lot of flapping, but don’t need to actually look like moth wings.

In the script the setting is described as:A dark open plan London flat. There is a kitchen on the left hand side and a living space filling the rest of the stage.

A window allows moonlight to illuminate the space. The flat is a mess with rubbish, beer bottles and syrup everywhere. There is a large cocoon made from rubbish, duct tape and syrup in the living room. Rustling and insect sounds can be heard coming from the cocoon. After a minute footsteps are heard from outside the flat, then a man’s voice. Sound of a key turning in the lock. The cocoon falls silent.

He is covered in insect like markings, wearing dirty clothes, with wings attached to his back made out of rubbish.

All cast and creatives are welcome to invite any industry folk they want, and we have a list of people we invite (producers, venues, directors, agents), so it gives everyone great exposure and networking opportunities. Due to the nature of the budget, we have a budget of £50.

We anticipate the designer being needed in person for one meeting, and the performance day itself.

Please email ellie@blackshawonline.com to express interest.

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

Related Links

Pitch Perfect 3 – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4765284/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Limerick – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limerick_(poetry)

18 shows in 2018 – https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/london-theatre-shows-not-to-miss-in-2018

WAF 2018 – http://www.wandsworthfringe.com/get-involved/take-part-in-waf

Merely Roleplayers – https://merelyroleplayers.podbean.com/

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.