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

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 69

Back with some brand new, and super snazzy, jingles!

Matt reviews Thor: Ragnarok (spoiler: it sounds GREAT).

Ellie and Matt chat about potential Oscar nominations (using this handy buzzfeed article).

Ellie has watched the first episode of ‘The Good Doctor’ and lets us know her thoughts (she done a cry).

There’s some netflix recommendations (‘The Good Place’ & ‘Mindhunter’).

Strat & Alex do Art – this time they take on a team challenge, and work together to write a children’s book!

 

 

Jessica Pride Goes to School

by Richard Stratton & Alexander Pankhurst

 

It was a sunny morning at Safari Primary School and all the children were busy learning.

“Good morning class.”

“Good morning, Miss. Russell!”, said the children.

“I would like to introduce your new classmate. Her name is Jessica Pride. Say hello, class.”

 

— Would you like to say hello to Jessica? —

 

“Terry’, said Miss Russell, “How about you show Jessica round?”

Terry was excited about showing Jessica the classroom and all the activities. They started with finger painting.

“Ooo, your hand looks different to mine.”, said Terry.

 

— What does your hand look like? —

 

Next they went to play in the Home corner.

“What should we cook for dinner?” Asked Terry.

“I like antelope.” Said Jessica.

“Oh, that’s different.”, said Terry, “I like chips.”

 

— What’s your favourite food? —

 

Next Terry showed her the wet play area.

Jessica didn’t like getting wet, but Terry really liked splashing in the water.

— Do you like playing in the water? —

 

Finally, the whole class sat on the carpet to sing a song.

Jessica’s voice was very loud. Much louder than Terry’s

 

— How loud can you sing? —

 

Terry realised that something was different with Jessica…She was a lion!

“But lions aren’t meant to come to school are they?” said Terry.

“Of course they can.” said Miss. Russell, “Everyone should get to go to school.”

So Jessica got to stay at school and she and Terry became best friends.

 

The end.

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 68

Ellie and Matt are back with an episode packed with jam*

* Arts

  • Matt reviews Blade Runner 2049
  • Strat and Alex do Art (finger painting – the noblest of arts) – see pics below
  • We tease a new podcast we’re in association with – ‘Merely Roleplayers’ twitter.com/MerelyRoleplay
    facebook.com/MerelyRoleplayers
  • Ellie chats about TV she wants to watch and has watched – ALL OF THE TV THINGS. This chat includes:
    • THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC, Mondays at 10 p.m. (Starts Sept. 25. in USA – hopefully in UK soon!)
    • SEAL TEAM CBS, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (Starts Sept. 27. in USA – hopefully in UK soon!)
    • GHOSTED Fox, Sundays at 8:30 p.m. (Starts Oct. 1. in USA – hopefully in UK soon!)
    • WISDOM OF THE CROWD CBS, Sundays at 8:30 p.m. (Starts Oct. 1.in USA – hopefully in UK soon!)
    • THE GIFTED Fox, Mondays at 9 p.m. (Starts Oct. 2.in USA – hopefully in UK soon!) Watch the first six mins of ep 1 here.
    • SWAT CBS, Thursdays at 10 p.m. (Starts Nov. 2.in USA – hopefully in UK soon!)
    • ALIAS GRACE (Netflix, 3rd Nov)
    • LIAR (ITV hub – available now)
    • RELLIK (BBC iPlayer – available now)

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 62

Ellie, Matt, Alex, Strat and Helen are in the studio!

– Strat & Alex do an art; a ‘drabble’ (100 word short story)

– Matt reviews ‘Nerve’ off of UK Netflix

– We chat about the latest core funding awarded by the Arts Council England

– Another game of EdFringe Roulette!

Links mentioned in the show:

Arts Council Funding

Lyn Gardner’s Guardian Article RE: ACE funding.

‘The Big Four’ Telegraph Article.

BBC R2 Stories Competition.

Gary by Alexander Pankhurst

“Gary, Gary, Gary, Gary!”
“I’m sorry what?”
“Birthday?!”
“Oh yeah!”
Opening the blinds Gary brought his large mechanical arms up in mock surprise.
“Close the blinds you idiot you’ll spoil it!”
“Sorry! I wasn’t aware that our guest of honour was going to be here so soon.”
“You know full well that he’s upstairs!”
“Fine,” Gary drawled, “If it’s so important to your little plan I’ll close them.” Snapping them shut he flounced off, only pausing to smirk and waggle his servo operated fingers precisely in Bens direction.
“Dick!” Ben spat. It was a lame retort and he knew it.

100 word story by Richard Stratton

“It’s behind your hand”, Gary drawled, “the handkerchiefs were up your sleeve, the rabbit is under the table.”

Dandini, Woking’s greatest birthday party magician, didn’t like Gary. Gary was an arrogant, know-it-all bully who had spent the last year terrorising his year 7 classmates. Dandini had chosen well.

“Now I need require a volunteer. How about the birthday boy?”. Gary swaggered over, sneering.

“In to my trunk of disappearance. Excellent, mind your head while I close the lid. Abrakadabra!”

10 minutes later Dandini was leaving the party.

Gary’s dad was talking to another child’s parent.

“Gary? I’m sorry? What birthday?”

Miss McSkimming – Photos

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.

 

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.

Some Treachery – Interview with Cast & Creatives

‘Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery’ is coming up soon!

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!

Listen to the interview with cast & creatives –

 

BOOK NOW

 

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…