The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 60

Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery

by Richard Stratton

A radio play recorded in front of a live audience (hilarious sound effects included).

What at first seems like a trivial case soon reveals a plot that could shake the very foundations of the British Empire. With her faithful valet by her side, Miss McSkimming must deal with butlers, the police, mysterious men in the shadows and a hippo, to get to the bottom of what could be her biggest case yet.

A rollicking comedy with a chic lady investigator and mysteries abounding, this piece promises to delight audiences, young and old!

Performed by Jessica Bailes, Ellie Pitkin, Chris Starkey, Helen Stratton and Richard Stratton, with live foley from Andrew Crane and David Turnbull.

Recorded live at the Putney Arts Theatre on Saturday 13th May 2017, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

April 2017 Newsletter

 

Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery

A live radio play (hilarious sound effects included).

 

What at first seems like a trivial case soon reveals a plot that could shake the very foundations of the British Empire. With her faithful valet by her side, Miss McSkimming must deal with butlers, the police, mysterious men in the shadows and a hippo, to get to the bottom of what could be her biggest case yet.

 

Have a peek at the skillz of our sound man, Andrew Crane – a taste of what you’ve got to look forward to…

 

Date: Saturday 13th May 2017

Venue: Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road, Putney, SW15 6AW

Time: 6pm (running time 1hr)

Tickets: £8-10 bit.ly/SomeTreachery

 

Book Tickets Now! 

 

Ch-ch-changes…

We’re making a change to our 2017 plans – we won’t be hosting any more New Writing Nights in 2017, BUT we will keep running the Showcase Award, so will have an annual New Writing Night for the shortlisted pieces.

 

PLUS our doors are open to scripts/script extracts, so we can pick up on anything that catches our eye, for full live or radio production. If you’ve got something you’d like us to see, send it to submissions@blackshawonline.com

 

Now, why on earth would someone want me to break a leg onstage…?

 

When is a ‘broken leg’ a good thing? Well actually there are a couple of theories as to why we wish this blight on one another before a show. The first, is that old stage curtains used to have little legs at the base of them. If a show was well received they would bounce the curtain repeatedly for extra curtain calls, which would sometimes break the little legs. The other is that theatres used to book lots of individual acts for shows, but not all would get to perform. The leg is also the name for the line between offstage and on. Therefore, if you were needed to perform that night you would cross the line, breaking the leg, and get paid that night. Phew. That’s a weight off my mind…

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.

Black Shuck: Reviews

great dynamic…definitely worth seeing, a funny & wonderfully unique story”

London Theatre Reviewer

 

“engaging and dynamic…boundless energy and spirit…a little bit silly, a little bit scary and thoroughly worth a watch!

Theatre Bubble

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“a brilliantly written short piece…Rachel Nott is amazing…Art is played wonderfully by Alexander Pankhurst…A very enjoyable hour with a very entertaining script and very talented actors. Well worth a watch.”

London Theatre 1

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“The chemistry of Nott and Pankhurst…make this thoroughly entertaining to watch…a taut play that manages to walk the tightrope of genres but playing to the strength of all

Female Arts

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The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 39

This week in on the show, Matt and Ellie join Iasha in the studio to talk all things Wandsworth Arts Fringe, as it opened officially last Friday.

We heard Helen Johnson interview Matt Hopwood who is putting on an immersive audio-visual storytelling show called A Human Love Story in the arches of Putney Bridge. You can go along and see Matt’s show on the 21st and 22nd of May as a part of WAF.

Matt reviewed Captain America: Civil War, after having seen it as part of a triple bill, which we thought was a very good effort!

We heard Ellie and the cast of Black Shuck (which opens this Wednesday the 11th!) talking to Lesley Strachan about the show and why you should come along and see it. Don’t forget to get your tickets here!

Vikki bought us her Arts Thing of the Week, which was a review of Bug, starring James Norton and Kate Fleetwood, which she and Ellie saw at Found111 on Charing Cross Road.

Please do book your tickets to come along and see Black Shuck, running until the 19th of May. And don’t forget our New Writing Night this month as a part of WAF will be held at The Bedford on the 17th.

 

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!

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.

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.

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 33

This week on the show Iasha is joined in the studio by Matt and Helen. Matt kicks things off with a review of Creed and then we discuss Oscar nominations. Iasha talks about The Revenant and we discuss the next film review coming up in a fortnight.

As this is the first live show of 2016 for The Blackshaw Arts Hour, Helen takes us through an Arts Thing of the Year. We talk about all the amazing things coming up this year from theatre at The National to exhibitions and cabaret. Keep an eye on the blog for Helen’s wrap up linking you to all these fantastic events. 

We heard a new writing night piece written by Kat Roberts called Age UK performed at one of Blackshaw’s New Writing Nights last year. 

Up next was Episode 3 of Great Expectations, our co-production with Cyphers Theatre.
If you’ve missed any of the episodes so far, go back and have a listen, they are appearing on the podcast as stand alone episodes every other week. Episode 4 will be airing live on the 14th of February so be sure to tune in to The Blackshaw Arts Hour on Wandsworth Radio.

Also, make sure to keep up to date with all of Cyphers’ upcoming shows here and subscribe to The Blackshaw Arts Hour on iTunes or listen below.