Blackshaw Theatre

Blackshaw is a theatre production company, championing new writing and adaptations on stage and in audio.

We’re proud to work with an extensive network of artists and professionals in our South London homeland and beyond. Blackshaw and our whole network believe in embracing a wide range of disciplines, sharing knowledge, and supporting fellow theatre practitioners to create great work.

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Tell your story!
Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday 25th September

– 8 mins max per piece (we have a tight time limit and loads of scares to pack in)
– Notes can be used
– These are solo readings or monologues, which could be a scary story or anecdote, a poem, an extract from a play or book; anything you like.
– You can only submit your own writing
– We encourage writers to read their own work (but writers can work with an actor if they prefer)
– No tech – we will provide the spooky atmosphere…
– We want to see you on the night, so UK based applicants only please.

This is an unpaid opportunity but you’re super welcome to use it as a chance to promote your own work/upcoming shows by plugging it in your intro (and happy for you to exit flyer the show).

Please note, in accordance with General Data Protection Regulations, and will not share writer/performer contact details with any third parties – they will only be used by the Blackshaw team to coordinate production of the Scare Slam 2021.

The venue and production will be running in line with the most recent UK Government COVID guidelines. We will be asking all performers and crew members to show proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test on the day of the show.

You can listen to 2019’s Scare Slam to get a feel for the format.

Got questions? Just email

Looking back at…10 years of Blackshaw

To see out 2020, we posted a short retrospective of all our productions. More info here.

Trouble at Sea: A Miss McSkimming Mystery

Written by Richard Stratton

The audio drama is now available to stream or download, for FREE, in all the usual podcast places (just search for ‘The Blackshaw Arts Hour’), or you can stream the show here.

Miss McSkimming takes to the high seas in her second adventure, presented by Blackshaw Theatre.  Expecting a pleasant transatlantic cruise, Miss McSkimming must instead deal with a missing companion and a series of mysterious thefts, all whilst trying to avoid panic amongst her fellow passengers.

You can find more show info, production photos and behind the scenes fun, on the blog.

Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe.