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.

 

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 32

This week on the show we are hearing from Matt and Vikki who are bringing us another retro movie review, this time looking at Oldboy.

Iasha plays one of the spooky stories we couldn’t fit into our live recording of the Scare Slam last year. Alison Cuff is the storyteller and we’d like to thank her for being involved and scaring us with her spooky tale.

Helen went to see Derren Brown and gives us an insight into her feelings about Derren and the show itself (without giving too much away of course!).

Iasha plays her favourite Arts Thing of the Week from 2015 which was Vikki talking about the gender age gap in film and theatre.

Then, to close the show, we have Episode 2 of Great Expectations. If you missed Episode 1, go back and have a listen, they are appearing on the podcast as stand alone episodes every other week. Episode 3 will be airing live on the 31st of January 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.

Showcase 2015: Call It Even

Call it Even by Naila Vázquez Tantinyà

WORLD PREMIER: Industry Showcase
Blackshaw’s Showcase Award Winner 2015

“Dad, you couldn’t even get dying right…”

Jamie’s father has died. In Gran Canaria. And now he’s got to deal with it – all of it.

Call it Even follows the struggle of a young transgender man to reconcile with his Dad, after he’s gone.  Feeling like a stranger in a land where he doesn’t even speak the language, Jamie has a lot of tidying up to do. Uncle Dave isn’t much help, but will he find an unexpected ally in Macarena, the new woman in his Dad’s life (death)?

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Naila Vázquez Tantinyà graduated in Journalism and Filmmaking in Barcelona. After working as a freelance writer for several publications as well as a script analyst for Arcadia Motion Pictures — where she co-wrote a TV movie — moved to London in 2011. There, she studied a MA in Script Writing at Goldsmiths University thanks to the prestigious La Caixa Scholarship for further education. She has also been a script reader at Cascade Media and Big Rich Films, as well as a sales assistant at Celsius Entertainment. Call it Even, developed with Blackshaw Theatre Company is her first theatre production.

CAST

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RACHEL NOTT         Macarena

Training: The Poor School

Credits include: Staying Alive (Pleasance Theatre), Save Me (Horse & Stables), Billy Liar (Coopers Arms), Pirates! (Polka Theatre), Saturday, Sunday, Monday (Workhouse Theatre), The Memory of Water (Rose and Crowne), FourPlay (Hen & Chickens), The Bill (Talkback Television).

 

BEN LAWSON           Jamie

Ben directed and performed as Lawrence in Abigail’s Party at The Edinburgh Fringe (Sell Out Show Award 2007). Since then his credits include: Six Characters in Search of an Author (Winterflood Theatre, London), Antigone (Studio Theatre, Ealing), Doctor’s Dilemma (Bridewell Theatre, London) and Tartuffe (Theatro Technis Theatre, London). Voice over credits include: Alice in Wonderland (Take 2 Studios), Peter Pan, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol , Robin Hood, The Lost World and The Secret Garden (ARM Productions).

 

MARK KEEGAN Uncle Dave
MARK KEEGAN Uncle Dave

Recent theatre includes: ‘The Janitor’ in Dry Land (for Damsel Productions) which has just finished a successful run at Jermyn Street Theatre, ‘Dr Ray’ in Protocols (with Kernel Theatre Company) RADA’s entry in this year’s Camden Fringe, ‘Ed/ Priest’ in a rehearsed reading for a new play Good Girl (at RADA as part of their 2015 Festival), and Smorgasbard (a Shakespeare revue for Another Way Theatre Company).

 

CINTIA LILEN Public Servant/Mourner/Voice
CINTIA LILEN Public Servant/Mourner/Voice

Cinthia Lilen is a London based, Latin American born actress and a recent graduate from Drama Studio London. A Spanish speaking actress, dancer, deviser and improviser with an additional degree in theatre design. Her multiplicity of talents include stage combat training, physical theatre experience as well as various forms of dance such as Jazz, Belly-Dance and African dance. Cinthia has last performed in After Columbus directed by Helena Bell at the New Diorama Theatre.

GEORGE COLLIE      Richard/Cleaner/Voice
GEORGE COLLIE      Richard/Cleaner/Voice

Since graduating drama school in 2011 George has found his niche in comedic roles in London fringe theatre and film, with a prolific run of work in classical and contemporary shows. Most recently he joined Gimcrack Productions in their acclaimed theatrical cabaret Moribund, and has started the first of many forays into the world of cabaret compering…

 

ROSIE EDWARDS Bank Woman/Mourner/Voice
ROSIE EDWARDS Bank Woman/Mourner/Voice

Rosie graduated from Drama Studio London in August 2014.

Credits since training include ‘Maggie’ in Feydeau’s Le Dindon at the Theatre des Alouettes in Paris, ‘Lucy’ in Once Upon a Rhyme at the Etcetera Theatre, ‘Sat Nav Girl’ in Be my Eyes at the Edinburgh Festival, ‘Prince Charming’ in Cinderella (tour) and ‘Charley’ in Backseat Drivers with The London Theatre.

 

CREATIVES

LIAM FLEMING Director

Liam is an Actor, Director and Writer for multiple disciplines. He is the Artistic Director of in(ep)trepidan immersive theatre company who just completed a run at The Vaults in Waterloo. He is also the Creative Producer for Encompass Productions who run Bare Essentials, a critically acclaimed New Writing Night in New Cross, along with other full scale productions.

He is happy to have been asked to come on board for this project as he knows and loves the Blackshaw team, having performed in several of their previous shows including ‘Tweedle Dum’ in Alice in Wonderland and ‘Swelter’ in Gormenghast.

Twitter: @imaginationpipe / @ineptrepid

Website: www.ineptrepid.com

 

MICHELLE BRISTOW Set & Costume Designer

Michelle has assisted on set and costume for previous Blackshaw productions: Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (The Pleasance, Nov 2015); Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (2014 & 2015), Character by Florence Vincent (2014 & 2015); Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (2013). She also designed set and costume for Blackshaw’s Halloween Tales (2014), featuring a candlelit reading and Fetch by Duncan Gates.

Since graduating from Wimbledon College of Arts (2014) with a degree in Costume Design, Michelle designed Blackshaw’s Showcase of Staying Alive in January (2015), and more recently has been working with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company. Michelle is also experienced in the production of dance pieces, and has spent time working in the Costume Department at the London Contemporary Dance School.

 

ANDREW CRANE Sound & Lighting Designer

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 Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (The Pleasance, Nov 2015); Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (2014 & 2015), Character by Florence Vincent (2014), and Fetch by Duncan Gates (2014).

For Blackshaw Theatre’s Arts Hour on Wandsworth Radio, Andrew has edited several radio plays including the radio adaptation of Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (2015), and a serialised adaptation of Great Expectations by Marcus Bazley.

 

NICOLE LOCKE Producer

A recent graduate from Royal Holloway University of London. Nicole has been a part of Blackshaw for three years, with varying roles from Administrator, to New Writing Night Manager, and is now acting as a Producer for the first time.

 

VIKKI WESTON Co-Producer

 

ELLIE PITKIN Co-Producer

 

THANKS FROM THE WRITER

For their patience, numerous revision and feedback: Laura Maestu, Claire Basarich and Alice Moore. To Pau Crego Walters for his enlightening insights.

 

Special thanks to Vikki Weston and Kat Roberts for all their help and Ellie Pitkin for her londonisation.

 

Dedicated to Manuel Vázquez Pardo.