WAF In Your Living Room

Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2020 will now take place as ‘WAF In Your Living Room’, an existing strand of the WAF programme that was introduced a couple of years ago as a provision for housebound audiences. This of course now includes us all, and it is from WAF’s longstanding commitment to champion artists and help make their work accessible to as many art-lovers as possible that the festival will continue. This year, your living room will become The Main Stage, and your sofa The Front Row!

Blackshaw’s entry to WAF In Your Living Room, is our catalogue of brilliant audio drama, and to you involved at home, we’re asking you to send in your own foley clips!

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Try your hand at foley!

Radio plays need sound effects, and we like ours to be home made (just like Mama used to make).  Do you want to try your hand at foley (creation of sound effects), and even have the chance for them to be featured in our upcoming live radio play?

It’s a perfect social distancing-friendly activity – just use household objects and your imagination.  You can get some hints and tips from this interview we did with our head foley artist, Andy.

We’re looking for:
– ship engine
– seagulls
– man falls overboard
– train chugging along
– serving breakfast
– water splashes against the side of a boat
– someone shoo-ing at displeased chickens
– someone is hit on the head and slumps on a table
– a puck being hit, ricocheting around the ship, smashing a drinking glass, striking a seagull, and splashing into the sea (advanced level!)

 

Send us your sound files, tell us how you made them, and send photos/videos (if you like), to blackshawtheatre@gmail.com or on twitter or instagram.

Internship Opportunity

Theatre/Radio Internship with Blackshaw Theatre Company

**Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2020 has been cancelled, so Miss McSkimming will not be setting sail, as scheduled, on 10th May. We’re hoping to postpone to later in the year, and will shout out the details, and reopen the internship applications, as soon as possible.**

An introduction to working in professional theatre/radio, offering the chance to shadow and assist our sound designer/engineer, director, actors and stage manager on a professional production.

You will shadow/assist in one or more of the following areas:

– foley

– sound

– directing

– theatre/radio production

You will also have a place reserved for you on our new writing workshop (Date TBC, The Bedford, SW12 9HD).

Our interns will be fully supported throughout their time with us, and on successful completion of the internship will receive a credit in the programme, and a reference for future job applications.

Foley –

This is the creation and performance of sound effects on stage.  It’s super fun, and will be coordinated by our sound designer, Andrew Crane.  To get a taste of what we’ve done before, listen to Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery and The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell.  The role could involve working with Andy to try out different ways to produce sound effects, assisting during rehearsals, and/or performing these on the day during the show.

Sound – 

We need to carefully balance the recording of foley and live voices of the actors during the performances, so you could work with our sound engineer to see how this works in practice, and assist during the get in, technical rehearsal and performance.

Directing – 

You could work with our Director, Ellie, during rehearsals and on show day; working with the writer to tweak the script, coordinating foley and sound with Andy, and getting the best possible performances from our actors.

Theatre/radio production – 

There needs to be a clear overview of the performance – coordination of venue, creatives, sales, marketing.  If you want to see what it’s like to hold all the strings, come and assist our company director, Ellie, in the production of the whole show!

Eligibility

Open to Wandsworth residents and students aged 16-25.

No previous experience required.

Dates/Hours

Please note you will definitely need to be available for the rehearsals, get in/technical rehearsal, and performances, as follows:

(Date TBC), 12-6pm (Tooting or Balham, TBC)

(Date TBC), 12-6pm (Tooting or Balham, TBC)

(Date TBC), 12-6pm (Tooting or Balham, TBC)

(Date TBC), 9am-5pm (The Bedford, Balham, SW12 9HD)

About the show

Following their award-winning production of The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell by Chris Buxey (Stage Door New Writing Award 2018), Blackshaw Theatre Company returns to the Wandsworth Arts Fringe with a radio play recorded in front of a live audience (hilarious sound effects included).

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.

A rollicking comedy with mysteries abounding, this piece promises to delight audiences, young and old!

The show will run alongside a series of educational outreach events – a radio playwriting and producing workshop at the Putney Arts Theatre, a Q&A with the show creators, and 1-3 internships for Wandsworth residents and students wanting to gain experience in producing theatre and radio.

Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

(Date TBC), 2pm & 3.30pm

The Bedford, Balham, SW12 9HD

About writer, Richard Stratton

Richard Stratton has written several plays for Blackshaw Theatre Company, including Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery and new adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and Gormenghast: Titus Groan.

About Blackshaw Theatre Company

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.

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).

Our podcast, ‘The Blackshaw Arts Hour’ includes the latest arts news and reviews, as well as one-off radio dramas, serials, and live performances.

 

Reviews for Blackshaw

Scare Slam, 2019

“All the performances were amazing…a fantastic production” – The Strand Magazine

The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell, 2018

“a real treat…great fun” * * * * – Pocket Size Theatre

“The ace up the sleeve of the show though is the brave move of having the Foley (sound effects) recorded live…plenty of laughs” – A Younger Theatre

Alice in Wonderland, 2014/15

“…creative, imaginative and seemingly effortless style…The whole performance buzzed with energy, fun and joy.” * * * * *  –  London Theatre 1

“this production provides something for everyone…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

“an imaginative production…highly entertaining and engaging…a fun afternoon adventure” – Everything Theatre

Testimony from volunteers we’ve worked with before – 

“Blackshaw Theatre are an inspiring theatre company and I had a great time working with them over the last year and a half. They are a very welcoming and talented group of people who really made me feel part of the company from day one. This was my first ever job in the Arts, it really gave me an insight into the Theatre Industry.”

– Emma, Press and External Communications Officer

This is a voluntary, unpaid post, but we are seeking funding to cover travel expenses.

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy, available on request.

Application Deadline: TBC

Apply now.

‘Trouble at Sea: A Miss McSkimming Mystery’ – WAF 2020

Following our award-winning production of The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell by Chris Buxey (Stage Door New Writing Award 2018), we return to the Wandsworth Arts Fringe with a radio play recorded in front of a live audience (hilarious sound effects included).

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.

A rollicking comedy with mysteries abounding, this piece promises to delight audiences, young and old!

You can listen to ‘Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery‘, her first adventure, on our podcast.

The show will run alongside a series of educational outreach events – a radio playwriting and producing workshop, a Q&A with the show creators, and 1-3 internships for Wandsworth residents and students wanting to gain experience in producing theatre and radio.

About the writer, Richard Stratton

Richard Stratton has written several plays for Blackshaw Theatre Company, including Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery and new adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and Gormenghast: Titus Groan.

Venue: The Bedford, Balham, SW12 9HD

Date: TBC*

Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

Tickets on sale soon!

*Our 10th Anniversary(!) show is currently on pause – due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2020 has been cancelled, so Miss McSkimming will not be setting sail, as scheduled, on 10th May. We’re hoping to postpone to later in the year, and will shout out the details as soon as we have them. The internship programme and writing workshop have also been suspended for the time being.

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Scare Slam 2019

Our fifth annual Scare Slam was spooktacular!

Here are the photos, lineup and live recording of the show, in podcast form.

 

Compere: Ellie Pitkin

The Sad Kid in the Corridor by Duncan Gates

Bed for Sale, Excellent Condition written by Nikky O’Hare, performed by Natalie Winter

The Bistro by Andrew James Brown

Her by George Morris

The Dog Who Saw Ghosts by Eleanor Verner

Twinkle Twinkle by Reece Connolly

The Summer of 66 by Mike Levanzin

 

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Photos by Richard Stratton