The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 42

This week on The Blackshaw Arts Hour, Iasha is joined by Matt and Vikki in the studio.

Matt review The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling and we discuss what other movies are out there where the lead characters don’t actually “learn anything”.
We here a piece of new writing by Rosie Marsh called An Unexpected Guest. Starring Angela Ferns and Emily Rae, recording live at The Horse and Stables.
Vikki brings us a live arts thing of the week. We discuss Adam Drivers Ted Talk and the brilliant work he is doing bringing theatre to American Marines in various places around the world.
Corey Hulls explains the different stages of a night out in his essay, “The Nine Stages of Drinking” and we discuss the ‘colourful’ TONY awards from last week and the huge success of musical ‘Hamilton’.



The Blackshaw Arts Hour Episode 12

This week Iasha, Matt and Vikki are in the studio bringing you all the art and theatre you need for the week ahead. Matt reviews the latest film to come out of the Fast & Furious franchise, Fast & Furious 7.

We hear an essay from writer Corey Hulls relating his forming of a band in the 5th grade to the amazing production of film and art that was created in the year 1999.

We discuss plays adapted from books in this week’s edition of Arts Thing Of The Week and hear Part two of The Whistling Room.

Don’t forget to tweet us @BlackshawUpdate  with your answer to “Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk” to be in with the chance to win a family pass to our upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland, opening on the 2nd of May at the Battersea Library! We announce the winner on next weeks show.


The Blackshaw Arts Hour Episode 11

This week on the Blackshaw Arts Hour, Iasha, Ellie and Matt are in the studio reviewing the film It Follows. We hear from Vikki with another Arts Thing of The Week, this week we debate the usefulness and copyright issues surrounding the Clean Reader app.

We also announce the winner of the Blackshaw showcase New Writing Night and play a short live clip of Call It Even, the winning piece of new writing. Call It Even will be developed and performed in 2016.

Matt introduces us to another Carnacki story titled Whistling Room, part 2 of which will be played on the show next week. Tune in for the spooky conclusion!





The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 10

This week on a packed Blackshaw Arts Hour we had Matt return to the studio after a two week hiatus. He reviewed “Inappropriate Behaviour” and will be returning next week, once again, for another movie review.

We heard a short piece sent into us by Hannah Puddefoot called ‘Slow Down’, Hannah wrote and performed, and sound design was by Ian Ward.
Arts Thing of The Week was back and Vikki talked us through her experience with Shakespeare at an educational level and posed the question ‘What is the most effective way to teach Shakespeare to children?’
We heard another essay by writer Corey Hulls explaining the 9 stages of drinking on a night out with friends, as represented by popular culture characters and played ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’, a short Lewis Carroll poem read by Alexander Pankhurst, as it was World Poetry Day on Saturday.
We also had the pleasure of being joined this week by two new Blackshaw voices. Emily Rae and Andrew Crane were in the studio to talk to us a little bit about Blackshaw’s upcoming production of Alice In Wonderland as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe.FullSizeRender (10)
Emily will be playing Alice in the production, which starts in May, along with a fantastic cast, and Andrew is designing the sound and running the technical aspects of the show. For more information on Alice In Wonderland, tune in to the Blackshaw Arts Hour every Sunday from 6pm-7pm, we’ll soon be releasing our audio trailer!

NEWS: Alice in Wonderland at WAF 2015

The Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) is coming up in May, and we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be transferring last year’s WAF production, Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton, to the Battersea Library (Clapham Junction) 2-16th May 2015*.

It’s especially exciting because 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the original book’s publication by writer Lewis Carroll.

The show will be directed by Blackshaw’s Managing & Artistic Director, Ellie Pitkin, with assistance from Marcus Bazley.  Zahra Mansouri is designing set/costume, with associate designer, Michelle Bristow.  Andrew Crane is designing sound and lights.

Some original cast are returning, and some new faces are amongst us…



Alice has lost her cat, but when her search leads her to the library, Alice discovers more than she could ever imagine. Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice as her world is turned upside down in this new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Suitable for ages 4+ (and plenty of jokes for the grownups).

ALICE-000207“this ingeniously directed production by Ellie Pitkin showcases all the theatrical tricks one can imagine…this resourceful and clever production” **** – Public Reviews

“an imaginative production…highly entertaining and engaging…a fun afternoon adventure” – Everything Theatre

“tightly directed and precisely performed – and gloriously silly” – Cumbria PR


*Sat 2nd May (6 & 7.30pm shows), Bank Holiday Mon 4th May (3pm and 4pm shows), Fri 8th May (7.30pm show), Sat 9th May (6 & 7.30pm shows), Fri 15th May (7.30pm show), Sat 16th May (6 & 7.30pm shows).

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 5

Matt Boothman is in the studio once again, this week reviewing ‘Jupiter Ascending’ and we reviewed Cyphers’ production of Great Expectations at the Proud Archivist.

The actresses performing in Blackshaw’s upcoming run of Character at the Tristan Bates (9-14th March) spoke to us about the show and we also played a selection of poetry form Owen Collins and Daisy Thurston-Gent.

Happy listening!