Scare Slam 2021 – Show Programme

Writers & Performers

The Woman on the Ceiling by Julie Barnett

Julie Barnett is a writer from Swansea. She has an obsession with drinking tea, eating cake and anything ghostly. She has successfully managed to freak herself out while writing this piece and will most definitely be sleeping with the light on and one eye open from now on.

666 PROBLEMS by Sarah Tejal Hamilton

Sarah Tejal Hamilton is a playwright and narrative artist. A former winner of the London Horror Festival playwriting competition, her poem tonight, 666 Problems is inspired by all the great gothic poets: Shelley, Keats, Rossetti, Donne, and Jay-Z.

Feed the World, written by Rhiannon Owens, performed by Natalie Winter

Rhiannon is a writer for stage and audio. This is her second foray into the horror genre having previously had a digital performance of her work as part of Uncanny Collective’s online horror festival. It’s not a genre that comes easily as she’s a bit of a wimp who finds everything a little bit terrifying. Her writing can also be seen as part of Jam Tart/Lemon Kurd a double bill of monologues showing at the Hope Theatre from 26th October.

The performer, Natalie Winter, is an actor, voice over artist, and director. She 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.

Gone by Sasha Ravencroft

Sasha Ravencroft is going to be reading a piece of prose they wrote recently called ‘Gone’ which looks at how hard it can be to let go of something or someone and move on. Sasha’s company, Rude Raven Productions are at the London Horror Festival for the first time – their play ‘A Simple Tale of Love’ is performing here at The Pleasance Theatre on the 29th October.

An Unusual Undertaking by Andrew James Brown

Andrew James Brown is a poet, storyteller and National Treasure. His work has been seen in the flesh across the UK and in international waters, and can be seen in embalmed form in his criminally underated collection Entrees, get it now before Penguin Classics do.

Mr Tumnus by Sam Greenwood

Mr Tumnus is about a child I do not have, in a house I do not own. In this way I hope it will be very relatable to a London audience.

Crew & Creatives

Ellie Pitkin – Compere & Producer

Andrew Crane – Sound Design and Technician

Violaine Brunelin – Marketing Manager

Alexander Pankhurst – Press & Marketing

Special thanks to: Katy Danbury, Matt Boothman, Richard Stratton, Helen Stratton, Vikki Weston.

About Blackshaw

Founded in 2010, our productions include new works; Trouble at Sea: A Miss McSkimming Mystery by Richard Stratton (2021 – The Big Top, Wandsworth)l 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.

Sign up to our mailing list to be sure to hear all about shows, casting opportunities, events, and more.

Find out more on our website.

About Merely Roleplayers

In Blackshaw’s sister podcast, we improvise heists, spy missions, monster hunts and many more stories, with one thing in common: we’re always chasing maximum drama. Dice rolls add an element of chance, so no one knows which way the story will go – not even us! Visit our website to follow the show, and choose Act 1 of any production to jump in and join the fun.

TONIGHT! You can see Merely Roleplayers’ debut live show, Lights Out at 8.30pm at the Pleasance. Book tickets on the Pleasance website, or risk a purchase on the door.

No one knows what happened to the Blackout Four – only that none survived.

Merely Roleplayers hope to solve this mystery live.

Part seance, part campfire tale, part roleplaying game, Lights Out sees four brave players place themselves in the shoes of the Blackout Four, and fight against fate to seize a glimmer of hope – before all the lights go out.

With thanks to the London Horror Festival, The Pleasance, and the Festival Sponsors.

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

Cast

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.

Creatives

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).

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

Sign up to our mailing list to be sure to hear all about shows, casting opportunities, events, and more.

Find out more at http://blackshawtheatre.co.uk/

Merely Roleplayers

In Blackshaw’s sister podcast, we improvise heists, spy missions, monster hunts and many more stories, with one thing in common: we’re always chasing maximum drama. Dice rolls add an element of chance, so no one knows which way the story will go – not even us! Visit http://www.merelyroleplayers.com to follow the show, and choose Act 1 of any production to jump in and join the fun.

‘Trouble at Sea: A Miss McSkimming Mystery’ – WAF 2021

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:

WAF Big Top
King George’s Park
Lower Field
Mapleton Road
SW18 4GA

Date: Saturday 3rd July, 1pm

Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

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Internship Opportunity

Theatre/Radio Internship with Blackshaw Theatre Company

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 (Mon 28th June, 6pm, The Big Top, King George’s Park, Wandsworth).

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:

Sunday 6th June, 11-6pm (Tooting, venue TBC)

Sunday 13th June, 11-6pm (Tooting, venue TBC)

Sunday 27th June, 11-6pm (Tooting, venue TBC)

Saturday 3rd July, 9am-5pm (The Big Top, King George’s Park, Wandsworth, SW18 2GJ)

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.

Saturday 3rd July, 1pm

The Big Top, King George’s Park, Wandsworth, SW18 2GJ

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 travel and food expenses will be covered. 

Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy, available on request.

Application Deadline: 5pm, Thursday 27th May 2021

Apply now.

Looking back at…Behind the Scenes

Some of the most joyful moments in the last 10 years of Blackshaw making work, have been all about the making. Behind the scenes, the creation of shows has been busy and beautiful. The joy has been standing on a bookcase, taking a selfie between rehearsing scenes, having a nap, cleaning grubby chairs, recording a voiceover under a pile of coats, gripping camera kit on a windy beach, doing a quick change in a library…