Looking back at 2015

We’ve had a corker of a year, and as we settle down in front of the fire with a mulled wine in hand and snazzy christmas jumper firmly on, we thought we’d take you through the highlights…


The Blackshaw Arts Hour on Wandsworth Radio (fortnightly from Jan 2015)

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10-29th November 2015 – Staying Alive by Kat Roberts, at the Pleasance Islington

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“explosive emotion…a strong cast…lively and full of wit…” West End Wilma


“Proof that given enough time, talent and perseverance, theatre that really says something about the human condition can be made.”
5-starsFemale Arts


“highly original, nuanced and enlightening…deeply observed social comedy…compelling from start to finish”
5-starsRemote Goat


“wonderfully human…a really powerful exploration of grief – honest and tender…”
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25th November 2015 – Blackshaw’s Scare Slam, at the Horse & Stables, Lambeth


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4-5th July 2015 – Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton, at the British Home as part of the Streatham Festival


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Sunday 7th June 2015 – Blackshaw’s 5th Birthday Party!


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2-16th May 2015 – Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton, at the Battersea Library
A sell-out run, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe.
“…creative, imaginative and seemingly effortless style…The whole performance buzzed with energy, fun and joy.”
5-starsLondon Theatre 1


“The fun-filled show brims with chaos, madness and high jinks…the wild but classic tale of Alice in her fantastically retold Wonderland.” – A Younger Theatre


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25th March, 17th May, 29th July, 30th September 2015 – New Writing Nights at the Horse & Stables, Lambeth




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9-14th March 2015 – Character by Florence Vincent, at the Tristan Bates Theatre
“a delightful theatre production on in Covent Garden. Funny, nostalgic, well acted 2 hander” – London Culture Blog


“a witty play…reminiscent of Ab Fab’s Edina and Saffy” – In & Around Covent Garden magazineSONY DSC

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15th Jan 2015 – Staying Alive by Kat Roberts, at the Pleasance Islington 
One night only industry showcase – Winner of Blackshaw’s Showcase Award 2014.


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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!


See you in 2016.


Ellie & the Team at Blackshaw


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Staying Alive: Review from Female Arts

Another fab review, this time from Female Arts.

5-stars– Female Arts

Nott delivers a nuanced performance as Mary…an impassioned declaration of her raw, aching soul that would move even the most stoic of people.

I suspected Staying Alive would be a good play, but upon watching it I realised how complete it is – the structure, the performances and direction, the emotionally-true characters…Proof that given enough time, talent and perseverance, theatre that really says something about the human condition can be made.


Read the review in full, here.


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Staying Alive: Review from Remote Goat

Remote Goat reviewed Staying Alive, and it’s a corker!


5-stars– Remote Goat


An unexpectedly funny look at bereavement new play Staying Alive, currently showing at the Pleasance Islington, defies its inescapably grim subject matter.

…highly original, nuanced and enlightening…deeply observed social comedy…

compelling from start to finish

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Staying Alive: Review from Exeunt Magazine

The 2nd review for Staying Alive is in!

It’s so painfully familiar and human…an elegant exploration of how friendships can break down and change under the weight of tragedy

Rachel Notts’ restrained performance as Mary gives the play its heart…Alexander Pankhurst and Eleanor Burke also do great work as Jack and Jenn…Brendan Jones puts in a really strong performance as Nathan

  • Exeunt Magazine (read the full review here)

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The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 27

Matt reviews the highly anticipated new Bond film Spectre and Helen reviews Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
We hear part 2 of our in conversation piece with Slow featuring Nic Whitworth from the charity and writer of Staying Alive Kat Roberts.
In anticipation of Staying Alive, which opens this Tuesday we heard an interview with Brendan Jones who plays the character of Nathan in the play.
If you would like the chance to win two tickets to Staying Alive we have announced a competition. To be in with the chance to win tweet us @blackshawupdate or Facebook us here with your story of an awkward dinner party conversation, or an all round awkward evening you have experienced.
Competition deadline is the 21st of November and we will announce the winners on the next live Blackshaw Arts Hour (22nd November). The tickets will be valid for any night of your choosing week commencing the 23rd.
Happy listening and we are very excited to hear your awkward stories!
Get you tickets for Staying Alive here!



Staying Alive: Kat Roberts & Nic Whitworth in Conversation

‘Staying Alive’ writer Kat Roberts talks to SLOW charity co-founder, Nic Whitworth, about the nature of grief, and how they worked together to research and develop the play.

Warning: Infrequent strong language.


SLOW – Surviving the Loss of your World – is a charity that supports bereaved parents. SLOW North London came about in 2007 when two bereaved mothers, Susie Hanson and Nic Whitworth, decided to provide a space where other bereaved parents could come to meet, take time out, have a cup of tea or just be with others who felt isolated in their grief. The aim at SLOW, as its name suggests, is to allow parents to grieve at their own pace and in their own time scale, and to take strength from the company and support of others; before returning to daily life and its challenges.

SLOW holds regular day-time and evening support groups for parents.  The SLOWSIBS creative workshop for bereaved children is held quarterly.

Look at our website www.slowgroup.co.uk for further information.

SLOW is a small charity with a big impact – please support us by donating at localgiving.com/charity/slow


Staying Alive is at the Pleasance 10-29th November – Book tickets now!