New Writing Night – March 2016 (Showcase Award Shortlist)

Bruised by Hannah Puddefoot

Directed by George Islay-Calderwood

Emma – Lisa Ronaghan

Mike – Dan Burman

 

Cailleach Og by Gerald Moynihan

Directed by Jo Greaves

Cailleach Óg – Jo Greaves

Màire Mí Dhomhnaill – Natasha Colenso

 

Maybe God is Michael by Karen Bartholomew

Directed by Stephen Bailey

Paul – Robert Daoust

Helen – Hilary Buss

Vicar – Koullis Kyriacou

 

Parents by Dan Weatherer

Directed by Tutku Barbaros

Gilly – Daniel Garcia

Tom – Tom Slatter

Steff – Abigail Morgan

Marianna – Natasha Colenso

 

The Unexpected Guest by Rosie Marsh

Directed by Ellie Pitkin

Hannah – Angela Ferns

Sally – Emily Rae

 

Photos by Richard Stratton.

 

Black Shuck: An interview with Rachel Nott

UPDATE: See Rachel in the transfer at the London Horror Festival.

You can see Rachel Nott in the role of ‘Martha’ in Black Shuck by Duncan Hands, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2016, 11-14th & 18-19th May at the Bedford, Balham – £10-12. Book your tickets now!

Ahead of rehearsals starting, we had a chat with Rachel –

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What are the particular challenges of this play?

Working with Alex, obviously… That aside, there’s a heck of a lot to learn! And the older I get, the worse my memory gets…

Have you done similar projects to this before?

Playing a smuggler? Can’t say I have. I’ve not been in a full-length two-hander before either, so I’m really looking forward to that.

What are you looking forward to at rehearsals?

We are definitely going to be doing a lot of laughing – to the point that we will need to make sure we actually rehearse the play. I also really love playing around with the characters in a rehearsal process – approaching situations differently and seeing what works. Often what you saw was one thing in the initial read-through can become something completely different after rehearsals.

Who are your favourite comic actors?

Hmmm… Steve Coogan, Kathy Burke, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Julia Davis, Mackenzie Crook, Kenneth Williams, Jack Lemmon (old school), Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Catherine O’Hara, Steve Carrell, Will Ferrell, Sandra Bullock… It’s a really long list. I feel bad for leaving people out.

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You can see Rachel Nott in the role of ‘Martha’ in Black Shuck by Duncan Hands, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2016, 11-14th & 18-19th May at the Bedford, Balham – £10-12. Book your tickets now!

 

 

 

Black Shuck: An interview with Alexander Pankhurst

UPDATE: See Alexander in the transfer at the London Horror Festival.

You can see Alexander Pankhurst in the role of ‘Art’ in Black Shuck by Duncan Hands, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2016, 11-14th & 18-19th May at the Bedford, Balham – £10-12. Book your tickets now!

Ahead of rehearsals starting, we had a chat with Alex –

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Alex’s first answers…

What are the particular challenges of this play?

Working with Rachel Nott

Have you done similar projects to this before?

Yes. With Rachel Nott.

What are you looking forward to at rehearsals?

Rachel Nott.

Who are your favourite comic actors?

Rachel Nott. And Rowan Atkinson.

 

Alex’s revised answers…

What are the particular challenges of this play?

I think that the main issue doing this play (from my perspective) will be varying the pace. Because it’s quite a static piece (only set in one place) and there are only two of us, there is a danger that it could become monotonous for the audience. But I think that Blackshaw are well up to the challenge

Have you done similar projects to this before?

I have done a two hander before (An Audience with the Ghostfinder by M. J. Starling) so that’s familiar ground but every project is different so I’m just looking forward to seeing how this one pans out.

What are you looking forward to at rehearsals?

Absolutely. Working the Ellie and Rachel is always really good fun and they will inevitably have me in stitches.

Who are your favourite comic actors?

There’s so many to choose from, Rowan Atkinson has to be up there along with Julie Walters and Mark Heap but the list is almost endless!

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You can see Alex in the role of ‘Art’ in Black Shuck by Duncan Hands, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2016, 11-14th & 18-19th May at the Bedford, Balham – £10-12. Book your tickets now!

 

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 37

This week on the show Iasha was joined in the studio by Matt who reviewed new Disney animation Zootropolis.
We heard Ellie Pitkin Interview Tom Weston-Jones who told us about his career to date and his aspirations as an actor.
Matt saw The Caretaker at the Old Vic last week and we discussed the most noticeable mistake we’ve seen in a theatre production to date.
Helen Johnson will be on The Blackshaw Arts Hour next week interviewing Duncan Hands, who wrote Blackshaw’s upcoming production of Black Shuck. We heard a snippet of that in conversation interview so make sure you tune in next show to hear it in full!

NEWS – winner of 2016 Showcase Award

We’re thrilled to announce the winner of this year’s Showcase Award is Cailleach Óg by Gerald Moynihan.  We’ll be working with Gerald over the coming months, and producing a full-length performance of the show as an industry showcase in January 2017.

Cailleach Óg is a Gaelic mythological figure  – a change in direction from Gerald’s usual pre-occupation with social issues and more worldly concerns…

“I am the Cailleach, Goddess of Winter, Mother of Mountains, Ageless Lady of Dark Places, Ancient Crone of Wisdom. The Winter brings the Spring, and in death, I am endlessly renewed.”

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 36

This week on the show Iasha is joined by Matt and Andy.

Matt reviews 10 Cloverfield Lane and we also chat about London Has Fallen. Andy is in the studio to talk to us about the last episode of Great Expectations and the challenges and he faced during the course of this project.

The final episode of Great Expectations takes us to the end of the show. Don’t forget to tune in in two weeks time to hear our mystery interview by Ellie Pitkin and come along to Blackshaws New Writing Night at the Horse in Lambeth this Wednesday! Tickets here!

NEWS: Shortlist for the Showcase Award 2016

*Announcement Klaxon*

 

Shortlisted pieces for our 2016 Showcase Award are…

 

Maybe God is Michael by Karen Bartholomew

The Unexpected Guest by Rosie Marsh

Cailleach Og by Gerald Moynihan

Bruised by Hannah Puddefoot

Parents by Dan Weatherer

 

You can see all 5 pieces being performed at the New Writing Night on Weds 30th March, The Horse & Stables (Waterloo), 7.30pm.  Tickets £4 advance, £5 cash on the door.

Book your ticket now.

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The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 35

Iasha is joined in the studio this week by regulars Matt and Alex along with new voice, Nick Tatchell. Nick works with us at Blackshaw and is our responsible for the funding and partnership aspects of the theatre company.
At the top of the show Matt reviews partly crowd-funded independent film Nina Forever and we discussed what’s coming up in the next film review. Get over to twitter and tweet us your suggestions!
Vikki gave us her first Arts Thing of the Week, this week, multiple arts things and we discussed what we’re all looking forward to the most for 2016.
(seeing) Black Shuck is Blackshaw’s next production coming up in May. Alex is going to be performing in this new piece of writing and we chatted about what the play is about and also a very windy photo shoot that took place last weekend on the shores of Whitstable in Kent.
To take us to the end of the show was Episode 5 of Great Expectations. Only 2 more episodes of this fantastic radio play to go so make sure you tune in to Wandsworth radio to catch us live at 6pm on the 13th of March or subscribe to our podcast to never miss a thing.

Wild Whitstable: Black Shuck Photo Shoot

Here’s a little backstage glimpse of those who suffered for their art on the shore of the north Kent coast.

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Wild and windswept, the actors Alexander Pankhurst and Rachel Nott posed perfectly in character as Art and Martha. We only stopped briefly; to rescue Rachel’s scarf from a dog weeing on it, to shoo away other dogs checking out said wee and to give my arm a rest from my role as a human lighting stand.

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Despite the 40mph winds and the various acts canine vandalism, Robin Savage executed a professional photo shoot with excellent results (keep your eyes peeled for the photos on our Twitter, Facebook etc very soon!).

If you’re a fan of schadenfreude, you’ll like this – in my attempt (two days prior to the shoot) to inflate a yellow buoy. My misadventure began when I came home from an evening work event, with the bright idea of inflating the buoy with my bicycle pump. With nothing to eat or drink since lunch, and the extreme effort I had to employ to even slightly inflate it, I promptly passed out, hitting my head on the coffee table on the way down. Not my finest moment, but I would like to think it displays some commitment and dedication to my work for Blackshaw.

 

By Nick Tatchell (Blackshaw’s Funding & Partnerships Manager)

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 34

This week on the show Iasha is joined by Matt who reviews Deadpool and we talk about a new twitter feed that popped up this week called @femscriptintros.

We listened to a live recording from a Blackshaw New Writing Night last year call ed Trick or Treat and also urged any of you with a half finished (or finished) play out there to submit it to our Showcase New Writing night coming up at the end of March. Get your submissions in here!

Helen brought us this weeks Arts Thing of the Week in the absence of Vikki. She spoke about the proposed ‘Garden Bridge’ and in turn the inconsistencies and bureaucracy surrounding funding for the arts across the country.

Finally, at the very end of the show was Great Expectations – Episode 4, make sure you tune into the next Blackshaw Arts Hour to hear Episode 5 on the 28th of Feb.