Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 78

Matt and Ellie are divided by space and time, but still bringing you a show!

  • Matt reviews ‘Ladybird’
  • Strat and Alex do Art – Spoken Word on the theme of ‘Spring’
  • We got a deal on for ‘Frankie Fightwell’ – Earlybird tickets are at concession rate of £7.50 when booked by 1st April – book now!






ANNOUNCEMENT: The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell Cast and Creatives

In super exciting news, here are our wonderful cast and creatives for ‘The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell’ by Chris Buxey…


Chris is a writer who lives in the south of England with his wife and two children. His first stage play, The Haunting of Exham Priory, toured theatres across the country in the autumn of 2016. When not writing stage plays, Chris can be found writing web comics and short stories online at


This is John’s third outing with Blackshaw, having previously appeared as ‘Barquentine’ in Gormenghast: Titus Groan (2012), and in the original reading of The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell in 2017’s Showcase Shortlist. 

Other recent credits include:

‘Trotter’, Journey’s End (2016 UK tour/2017, Ypres, Belgium); ‘Mr. Monopoly’, Monopoly Live, Dubai (2015 & 2017); ‘Sarge’, Choppercoppers, The Brockley Jack (2017); ‘Marcus’ & ‘Patrick’, The Past Is A Tattooed Sailor, The Old Red Lion (2016); ‘Porteous’, Classified, The Space/Hounslow Arts Centre (2015 & 2016); ‘Roy’, Bedtime Story, Theatre Royal Stratford East (2016); ‘Mayor Red Thomas’, Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future (2014); ‘Albany’, Lear, The Union Theatre (2014); ‘Mayor Meanswell’, Lazy Town Live, Abu Dhabi.


ABIGAIL MORGAN – Frankie Fightwell/Rachel
Abigail is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (2013).  Since leaving she has played ‘Cassie’ in Gone Viral at St.James Theatre (2014), ‘Iris’ in To Be A Wife at The Hen and Chickens (2014), ‘Ellie’ in The Laundrette at the Vaults Festival (2018), and ‘Catherine Morland’ in Northanger Abbey (2017-18), which was at the Pleasance Theatre last year and will continue to tour later this year.  She also completed her first feature film, One Night More, last year which is set to tour film festivals this summer.
Abigail is also an established voiceover artist. She is a regular voice for MTVKISS FM and Capital FM. Abigail played ‘Billie’ in Billie and the Ghost on the Disney Channel, and has also recently finished her first animation.

TOM SLATTER – Dominic/Viktor
Tom’s credits include RSC, Suffolk Summer Theatre; Stonecrabs Theatre Co, Ovation Productions, Savio(u)r, Sell A Door Theatre Co, London Grey and Green Theatre Co, London Comedy Writers, Blackshaw Theatre, Tik-Sho-Ret Theatre Co, Foolish People and Sturdy Beggars.  Screen Credits include Slate4Films, Embankment Films, Netflix/Hat-Trick, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and NEWSNIGHT on BBC. Radio credits include Wireless Theatre Company and Roundhouse Radio.
ELLIE PITKIN – Director and Producer
Ellie is the Managing & Artistic Director of Blackshaw Theatre Company, which she founded in May 2010.  Directing credits include Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker (London & Edinburgh, 2009) and Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (London, 2006).  With Blackshaw, Ellie has directed Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery (Putney Arts Theatre, 2017); Black Shuck by Duncan Hands (Old Red Lion Theatre, 2016); Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (The Pleasance, 2015); Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (Selkirk Upstairs, Battersea Library & The British Home, 2014 & 2015); Character by Florence Vincent (Selkirk Upstairs & Tristan Bates Theatre, 2014 & 2015); Fetch by Duncan Gates (Selkirk Upstairs, 2014); Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (Selkirk Upstairs & Etcetera Theatre, 2013); Gormenghast: Titus Groan (Apr 2012 – The Actors’ Church, Covent Garden).
A graduate in Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University (2008), Ellie also comperes Blackshaw’s regular New Writing Nights and produces/presents Blackshaw’s podcast, The Blackshaw Arts Hour.
ANDREW CRANE – Foley Wizard
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 Moth Man by Nicole Locke (2018), Cailleach Óg by Gerry Moynihan (2017), Black Shuck by Duncan Hands (2016), Call it Even by Naila Vázquez Tantinyà (2016), Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (2015), Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (2014 & 2015), Character by Florence Vincent (2014), and Fetch by Duncan Gates (2014).
For Blackshaw’s Arts Hour on Wandsworth Radio, Andrew has produced live foley and post-production editing for Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery by Richard Stratton (2017), and designed/edited several radio plays including Audience with the Ghost Finder by M.J. Starling (2015), and a serialised adaptation of Great Expectations by Marcus Bazley.

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 77

It’s a three-way in the studio this time, as Ellie, Matt and Andy talk arts, arts, arts…


Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 76

Ellie and Matt are reunited in the studio!

  • Film Review: The Cloverfield Paradox
  • Strat and Alex do Art: Stop Motion
  • Moth Man – interview with the writer, Nicole Locke
  • We announce the Moth Man cast
  • Theatre Reviews – The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter (The Harold Pinter Theatre til 14th April) & The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth (Gielgud til 19th May)
  • We announce the Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell cast

Relevant Links – 

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 75

Ellie’s riding solo this time, but don’t let that put you off!  Check out all this content…

Film reflection – Ellie chats a bit about ‘3 billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’

Strat and Alex do Art – the genteel pastime of Potato Printing

Listen to the 2nd half of 18 shows to see in 2018 (off of that Timeout article)

We give you some Blackshaw news!  2 shows are upcoming…woo!

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 74

Ellie, Matt and Vikki are in the studio for the first time in 2018!

  • Matt reviews Pitch Perfect 3
  • Strat & Alex do Art – Limericks (oh dear…) – tweet us your limerick and we’ll RT our faves
  • We talk about Timeout’s ’18 shows to see in 2018′
  • Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018 is open to applicants until 2nd Feb – get involved!
  • Merely Roleplayers is half way through Season 2 – catch up with the hijinks.



Limericks by Strat

While listening to the show yesterday,
They reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey.
Matt didn’t find it a thriller.
He found it rather vanilla.
Which I didn’t expect him to say.

We thought we’d do something real smart,
A high-brow, intelligent part.
We wanted a section,
That was utter perfection.
But we got Strat and Alex do Art.

When Matt’s recording, sat on his tushy,
There’s something you can’t, but he can see.
If you hear him mutter,
Or stumble or stutter,
He’s distracted by Ellie’s pussy.


Limbericks by Alex

Two jokers attempting to art
Its hard to tell them apart
Laughing and playing
Don’t know what they’re saying,
I’m just glad I’ve not used the word fart
The Matt Boothman film review
Fancy a listen? Pull up a pew.
This man knows words in a way thats absurd
So much its hard to eschew
Working alongside a cat
Can be hard, there’s fairness in that.
This fluffy ball of fur does more than just purr,
She also eats loudly, the twat.
I’m not an old man from Kent
My nose isn’t terribly bent
These Stereotypes are silly and shite
And not at all what is meant
Tentatively approaching a task
Trying not to get caught up too fast
Being tactful and deft wanting emotional heft
But knowing its already been done in the past

Related Links

Pitch Perfect 3 –

Limerick –

18 shows in 2018 –

WAF 2018 –

Merely Roleplayers –

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 73 (Scare Slam 2017)

Settle down for some spooky tales! A live recording of our 2017 Scare Slam, featuring the following performances:


The Scratch by Chris Lincé

The Fatberg of Whitechapel by Reece Connolly

Murder of Crows by Ed Hartland at Stack 10 Theatre

The Watching Eye by Dan Weatherer (performed by Ellie Pitkin)

Big Eyes by Liam Steward-George (performed by Jessica Brindle)

The Watcher by Joseph Willis



Check out the pics and reviews here.

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 72

This show includes…

Our next episode will be a live recording of our 2017 Scare Slam at the London Horror Festival.  WoooOoooOoo!

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 71

Matt and Ellie are back in the studio!


  • Matt reviews DC’s latest offering, ‘Justice League’
  • Our sister podcast, Merely Roleplayers, series 1 is available to binge now!
  • We see and review ‘How to Win Against History’ at the Young Vic (trailer here), brainchild of Seiriol Davies (book/music/lyrics/genius man playing the lead role of 5th Marquess of Anglesey)
  • Strat and Alex do Art – photography in the field (the wilds of Tooting).  It’s a draw, so the public decides whose photo best encapsulates the spirit of Tooting Market (photos below!) – voting opens 6th Dec and closes 14th Dec at midnight
By Alex
By Strat