Performed in front of a live audience, with live foley (sound effects), this new radio play by Chris Buxey is a dark comedy about principles, money and the importance of family.
Stuart is the author of the beloved Young Adult literature heroine, Frankie Fightwell. While writing the next book in the series, Stuart realises that there might be more than just the usual vampire sharks and giant Nazi man-spiders preventing Frankie from making it to the end of her latest adventure!
We enjoyed the last live audio play so much we decided to do it all again. We had a larger live foley team for Chris Buxey’s delightfully camp, nazi spider romp. And safe to say it was a real treat for the audience and creative team. Oh, and it won Stagedoor’s Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018 New Writing Award.
Tom Slatter – Dominic/Viktor Abigail Morgan – Frankie/Rachel John Rayment – Stuart
Ellie Pitkin – Director/Producer Andrew Crane – Sound/Foley Designer Vikki Weston – Producer Megan Barbour – Foley Team/Intern Charlotte Bishop – Foley Team/Intern Alec Mills – Foley Team Betty Smith – Foley Team/Intern
11-19th May 2016, The Bedford 11-15th October, The Old Red Lion Theatre
“Sea-eagle to coot, come in please, can you hear me? Over.”
“Yes, yes, bloody yes!”
Rucksacks… Check. Walkie-Talkies… Check. Hip flask… Check. Gun… gun?!
Ruminating on the local myth of ghostly dog ‘Black Shuck’, two (inept) would-be smugglers await a shipment on the Norfolk Coast. Join us, where comedy meets horror in this hour-long new play by Duncan Hands.
Another bit of new writing being championed by Blackshaw you say? It’s almost like we have an MO…Duncan Hands blended the mystical, farcical and mundane in this black comedy. Rachel Nott and Alexander Pankhurst’s onstage chemistry really brought the whole thing to life. Special mention goes to Andrew Crane for once again delivering the quality aural goods to create the spookiest of atmospheres.
engaging and dynamic…boundless energy and spirit…a little bit silly, a little bit scary and thoroughly worth a watch!
a brilliantly written short piece…Rachel Nott is amazing…Art is played wonderfully by Alexander Pankhurst
London Theatre 1
a taut play that manages to walk the tightrope of genres but playing to the strength of all
Martha – Rachel Nott Art – Alexander Pankhurst Mr Big (voice only) – Tom Slatter Fisherman (voice only) – Duncan Hands
Director/Producer – Ellie Pitkin Sound Design – Andrew Crane Sound and Lightening Tech – Andrew Crane Set and Costume Designer – Michelle Bristow Set Builder – Tom Hurling Design Assistant – Sophia Debus Promotional Images – Robin Savage Photography Production Photography – Richard Stratton
Recorded August 2015 Original Broadcast December 2015, Wandsworth Radio (now known as Riverside Radio)
Some of our members saw Cyphers theatre company perform Marcus J Bazley’s adaptation of Great Expectations, and jumped at the opportunity to work with them to produce the show as a serialised audio drama. It was a huge undertaking, particularly for our talented sound technician and designer, Andrew Crane, who created all of the soundscapes and effects from scratch. The results speak for themselves, and this project was a fantastic jumping off point for the audio dramas we would go on to produce.
Narrator – Jeremy Drakes Magwitch/Pumblechook – Dylan Lincoln Compeyson/Porter/Galley – Marcus J Bazley Estella/Mrs Joe – Victoria Hamblen Pip – Rupert Sadler Joe/Wemmick/Drummle – Christopher Anderton Sergeant/Jaggers – Alexander Pankhurst Miss Havisham – Jessica Brien Herbert Pocket – William Holyhead Biddy – Rosie Marsh
Sound Recordist/Designer/Engineer – Andrew Crane Producer – Helen Johnson Associate Producer – Iasha Chapman
15th January 2015, Pleasance Theatre 10-29th November 2015, Pleasance Theatre
“There’s nothing worse than old friends…they always think they know exactly who you are.”
Mary had a son. Now her son is dead. And that is all. But Jen is having a dinner party, just like they used to, a chance to catch up. No pressure. Nothing big. Just old friends. It would be great to see you. If you’re free. If you’re ready.
Staying Alive follows Mary’s efforts to build herself a life, after his death. Is it possible to regain any sense of normalcy? If not, how will her friends support her today, a year from now, 5 years from now?
Winner of the first annual Blackshaw Showcase Award, Staying Alive was developed with support from Blackshaw, culminating in a one night industry performance at the Pleasance Theatre in January 2015. The show returned to The Pleasance for a two week run and the playscript was published by Nick Hern Books. Kat Roberts’ Staying Alive is a real success story and one that Blackshaw is immensely proud of.
Proof that given enough time, talent and perseverance, theatre that really says something about the human condition can be made.
Highly original, nuanced and enlightening…deeply observed social comedy…compelling from start to finish.
It’s so painfully familiar and human…an elegant exploration of how friendships can break down and change under the weight of tragedy.
Mary – Rachel Nott Jack – Jonny McPherson/Alexander Pankhurst Jenn – Eleanor Burke Nathan – Brendan Jones Portia/Sarah/Social Worker – Emily Rae Will/Administrator – Stephen Ashmore-Blakely Tom (voice) – Laura Mortimore
Director/Producer – Ellie Pitkin Assistant Director – Marcus Bazley Set and Costume – Michelle Bristow Lighting and Sound – Andrew Crane Producer – Vikki Weston Photography – Richard Stratton
We have tons of interviews, reviews, photos and more.
3-18th May 2014, The Selkirk Upstairs 2-16th May 2015, Battersea Library 4-5th June 2015, The British Home
There have been many iterations of Alice in Wonderland, but I bet no others have involved a knitted tea pot. Brilliantly reimagined by Blackshaw stalwart Richard Stratton, it was performed three different times, on three different stages, with three different casts – all racing around, causing havoc and delight in equal measure. Every single show was sold out, every single time. What a rush. You didn’t have to be mad to be involved, but it certainly helped.
this ingeniously directed production by Ellie Pitkin showcases all the theatrical tricks one can imagine…this resourceful and clever production
an imaginative production…highly entertaining and engaging…a fun afternoon adventure
tightly directed and precisely performed – and gloriously silly
EMILY RAE – ALICE NATALIE WINTER – MARCH HARE/DOOR 2 ANGELA FERNS – THE QUEEN OF HEARTS/SHOPKEEPER DEAN BRAMMALL – MAD HATTER/DOOR 3 /FLOWERS LIAM FLEMING – TWEEDLE DUM/SOLDIER 2/DOOR 4 ALEXANDER PANKHURST – TWEEDLE DEE/SOLDIER 1/DOOR 1 NATASHA GREEN – CHESHIRE CAT CLARE HARLOW – WHITE RABBIT/CATERPILLAR
ELLIE PITKIN – DIRECTOR & PRODUCER OLIVER GORDON – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ZAHRA MANSOURI – COSTUME & SET DESIGNER ANDREW CRANE – SOUND DESIGNER & TECH OPERATOR CHLOE WALTON – ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER MATTHEW CONNELLY – ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER JONELL ROWE – ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER BRUCE ASHER – PUBLICITY DESIGN VIKKI WESTON – PROJECT MANAGER/PUBLICITY STANLEY WALTON – PUBLICITY & MARKETING ROBERT HUGILL – PUBLICITY & MARKETING BARNEY BARRON – PUBLICITY & MARKETING NICK TATCHELL – PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY ZAK THOMAS – PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY MICHELLE BRISTOW – COSTUME & SET DESIGN ASSISTANT SHINO MINAGAWA – COSTUME ASSISTANT KIRSTY YOUNG – COSTUME ASSISTANT NARA JEONG – COSTUME ASSISTANT
EMILY RAE / RACHAEL STRATTON – Alice ALEXANDER PANKHURST – Tweedle Dee/Caterpillar/Soldier 1/Door 1 NATASHA GREEN – Cheshire Cat ROSIE MARSH – March Hare/Door 2 RICHARD STRATTON – Tweedle Dum/Soldier 2/Door 4 STEVE WICKENDEN – Librarian/Queen of Hearts ALEX KHANYAGHMA – White Rabbit/Door 3/Flowers
ELLIE PITKIN – Director and Producer MARCUS BAZLEY – Assistant Director TEGAN CUTTS – Stage Manager ANDREW CRANE – Sound & Lighting Designer & Operator ZAHRA MANSOURI – Set & Costume Designer MICHELLE BRISTOW – Associate Set & Costume Designer VIKKI WESTON – Front of House Manager SIMON ANNAND – Production Photography ELLA OKEORE – Costume & Set Assistant INEZ COONEN – Costume & Set Assistant MARIA NOONE – Costume & Set Assistant DODONA WHITE – Costume & Set Assistant KATHERINE BURKE – Costume & Set Assistant/ASM
1st September 2013 The Actors Church Covent Garden Iris Theatre and the Space Between
Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem devised by four theatre companies and staged as a piece of promenade theatre in and around the Actors Church in Covent Garden. We delivered the Barrister’s Dream section in the main church and vestry, with humour, puppets and an emotional memorial service for a pig. Standard stuff.
Ellie Pitkin Richard Stratton Francis Woolf Clare Harlow Angela Shepherd
The fourth and final instalment of ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens, adapted by Marcus Bazley – our collaboration with Cyphers Theatre Company. Full cast list plus lots of other backstage treats here.