Trouble at Sea: A Miss McSkimming Mystery by Richard Stratton – Show Programme


Natalie Winter – Miss McSkimming

Natalie is an actor, voice over and director, also specialised in sword fighting! For Blackshaw, she has previously appeared simultaneously as The March Hare and The Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland, plus several of their new writing nights. Other select theatre credits include Trust Us for Holy Mountain Theatre, The Clue and The Air Raid, both for the Market Theatre, George in Rainbow: Live! for MNJ Productions and the upcoming Chasing Ghosts for JB Theatre. 

In voiceover, she can be heard in video games Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, FIFA20, Astrologaster, Etherborn, Du Lac and Fey: Dance of Death and Photographs (plus other exciting titles she can’t talk about yet), as well as audio dramas Dr Who: Power Game (Big Finish), and upcoming campy sci-fi romp Venna’s Planet (B7 Media).

Natalie produces and directs the Ragged Scratch Podcast, a new writing podcast for short audio plays, and is a regular player on Blackshaw Theatre’s sister podcast, Merely Roleplayers.

Chris Starkey – Timothy

Chris is happily reprising his role as Timothy from Blackshaw’s previous Miss McSkimming performance Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery. Chris has played many roles in plays and musicals over years as well as being a regular on the long standing role playing podcast Merely Roleplayers

Alexander Pankhurst – Various

Alexander studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway University of London, is a long time collaborator with Blackshaw and is thrilled to be taking part in this, his first live audio production with them. He is also a standup comic.

Credits include:

Jack Ricker in The Turing Test, Charles Gresham at Boomtown, Robin in Radio Foreplay, Man in The Consumer, Arthur in Black Shuck, Bear in Imaginary Friends Club, Jack in Staying Alive, Demetrius and Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Boy in Panther, Gary in Dearly Departed, Christopher Marlowe in Death of Marlowe, Tweedledee in Alice in Wonderland, Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Thomas Carnacki in Audience with the Ghostfinder.  Tom in Rabbit. Richard III in The Shakespeare Conspiracy. Jamie in Airport. Dr Alfred Prunesquallor in Gormenghast: Titus Groan

Josh Yard – Various

This is Josh’s first performance with Blackshaw, having previously worked with the company in a variety of technical and design roles.

Previous acting credits include: Half a Sixpence, The Bridewell Theatre (2019), Spring Awakening, Stockwell Playhouse (2019), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Bridewell Theatre (2019), Our Country’s Good, The Bridewell Theatre (2018) & West Side Story, Putney Arts Centre (2018).

Richard Stratton – Various

Richard studied Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London.

As a founding member of Blackshaw Theatre Company, he has been involved with many of their productions. Previous writing credits include: Gormenghast: Titus Groan, The Actors’ Church, Covent Garden (2011); Alice in Wonderland, The Selkirk/Battersea Library/The British Home (2014-5); Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery, Putney Arts Theatre (2017).

Ellie Pitkin – Various

Ellie is Managing & Artistic Director of Blackshaw Theatre Company, which she founded in May 2010.  Directing credits include: The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell (Putney Arts Theatre, 2018); 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 (Battersea Library, 2015); Character by Florence Vincent (Tristan Bates Theatre, 2015); Fetch by Duncan Gates (Selkirk Upstairs, 2014); Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (Etcetera Theatre, 2013); Gormenghast: Titus Groan (The Actors’ Church, 2012).

Ellie also comperes Blackshaw’s events, produces/presents the podcast, The Blackshaw Arts Hour, and is a regular performer on the Merely Roleplayers podcast.


Andrew Crane – Foley Director

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 The Final Advernture of Frankie Fightwell by Chris Buxey (2018), 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.

Betty Smith – Assistant Foley Director

Betty is delighted to return to Blackshaw after performing as a foley intern in The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell (2018). 

Betty was an Assistant Stage Manager for Bolingbroke Academy Theatre Company’s Beauty and the Beast (2018), Little Shop of Horrors (2019) and Stuff by Tom Wells (2019) which transferred to the Hammersmith Lyric and National Theatre Dorfman as part of the Connections Festival. Assistant Director credits include Blood Brothers Play Version by Willy Russel (2018) and Free! By David Grant (2019). 

Betty is excited to start her BA (Hons) Degree in Theatre Production – Stage Management at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in September. 

Richard Stratton – Writer

Ellie Pitkin – Director & Producer

Safa Siddiqi – Foley Team

Rhys Cannon – Foley Team

Thanatchanan Marktavee – Foley Team

Glen Morgan Shaw – Technician

Vikki Weston – Script Supervisor

Oli Simmonds – Assistant Script Supervisor

Violaine Brunelin – Marketing Manager

Special thanks to: The WAF/Big Top Team, David Weston & Max Kinmans, Tom Ainsworth, Matt Boothman, The Stratton Family.

About Blackshaw Theatre Company

Founded in 2010, our productions include new works; The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell by Chris Buxey (2018 – Putney Arts Theatre); Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery by Richard Stratton (2017 – Putney Arts Theatre); Black Shuck by Duncan Hands (2016 – Old Red Lion Theatre), Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (2015 – Pleasance Theatre), Fetch by Duncan Gates (2014 – Selkirk Upstairs); Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (2013 – Selkirk Upstairs & Etcetera Theatre), and Character by Florence Vincent (2014 & 2015 – Selkirk Upstairs & Tristan Bates Theatre); as well as adaptations of Gormenghast: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake (2012 – The Actors’ Church, Covent Garden) and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (2014 & 2015 – Selkirk Upstairs, Battersea Library & The British Home).

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