Looking back at…The Scare Slam & Halloween Tales

Halloween Tales, 30th October – 1st November 2014, The Selkirk Upstairs

‘You think it’s all me and it’s not. It’s not always me.’

It starts as a normal night-shift – and then you start to see double…

Duncan Gates’ chilling short play, Fetch, alongside some spooky fireside stories, formed our first foray into scary short stories. Halloween Tales was almost certainly the spooky seed from which did grow the horror-bloom: Blackshaw’s Annual Scare Slam.

The Whistling Room by William Hope Hodgson, read by M. J. Starling

Wailing Well by M. R. James, read by Duncan Gates

Fetch by Duncan Gates

There’s a bunch of lovely photos, interviews, and behind the scenes joy available to browse.

CAST

ROSIE MARSH Ally (Fetch)
BRYONY TEBUTT Vic (Fetch)
ALEX YAGHMA Col (Fetch)
M. J. STARLING Storyteller
DUNCAN GATES Storyteller

CREATIVES

ELLIE PITKIN Director & Producer
MICHELLE BRISTOW Set & Costume Designer
ANDREW CRANE Sound Design/Tech Operation

The Scare Slam, annually, October 2014-present

From the mind of Blackshaw associate, Helen Stratton, the Scare Slams were born. Over the years (we’ve done 5) the Scare Slam has been performed at The Horse & Stables, The Old Red Lion, and The Pleasance Theatre, as part of the London Horror Festival.

The show has provided a platform for the telling of terrifying short stories and poems. All in the dead of night. To the gentle hiss of a geriatric smoke machine…

Scare Slam 2015

Scare Slam 2016

Scare Slam 2017

Scare Slam 2018

Scare Slam 2019

You can drip some fear into your ear, and listen to the audio of the Scare Slams, whenever you like.

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

Photos by Richard Stratton

Looking back at 2015

We’ve had a corker of a year, and as we settle down in front of the fire with a mulled wine in hand and snazzy christmas jumper firmly on, we thought we’d take you through the highlights…

 

The Blackshaw Arts Hour on Wandsworth Radio (fortnightly from Jan 2015)

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10-29th November 2015 – Staying Alive by Kat Roberts, at the Pleasance Islington

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“explosive emotion…a strong cast…lively and full of wit…” West End Wilma

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“Proof that given enough time, talent and perseverance, theatre that really says something about the human condition can be made.”
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“highly original, nuanced and enlightening…deeply observed social comedy…compelling from start to finish”
5-starsRemote Goat

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“wonderfully human…a really powerful exploration of grief – honest and tender…”
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25th November 2015 – Blackshaw’s Scare Slam, at the Horse & Stables, Lambeth

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4-5th July 2015 – Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton, at the British Home as part of the Streatham Festival

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Sunday 7th June 2015 – Blackshaw’s 5th Birthday Party!

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2-16th May 2015 – Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton, at the Battersea Library
A sell-out run, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe.
“…creative, imaginative and seemingly effortless style…The whole performance buzzed with energy, fun and joy.”
5-starsLondon Theatre 1

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“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

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25th March, 17th May, 29th July, 30th September 2015 – New Writing Nights at the Horse & Stables, Lambeth

 

 

 

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9-14th March 2015 – Character by Florence Vincent, at the Tristan Bates Theatre
“a delightful theatre production on in Covent Garden. Funny, nostalgic, well acted 2 hander” – London Culture Blog

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“a witty play…reminiscent of Ab Fab’s Edina and Saffy” – In & Around Covent Garden magazineSONY DSC

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15th Jan 2015 – Staying Alive by Kat Roberts, at the Pleasance Islington 
One night only industry showcase – Winner of Blackshaw’s Showcase Award 2014.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

 

See you in 2016.

 

Ellie & the Team at Blackshaw

 

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The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 29

This week on the show Iasha is joined in the studio by Ellie and Matt who reviews The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 . Helen reviews ACS Random’s new production of The Knight From Nowhere/The Bells. It’s playing at The Park Theatre until the 19th of December.

We also heard an interview with Marcus Bazely, Rupert Sadler and Andrew Crane, some of the people involved in our upcoming production of Great Expectations. The first episode will be aired on the 3rd of January, so make sure you tune in!
To promote our excellent Scare Slam that happened a few weeks ago we heard a spooky story from our MC Duncan Gates. If you tune in to the next instalment of The Blackshaw Arts Hour you can hear the full live recording of the Slam, playing out live on the 20th of December and available to podcast here! 

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The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 28

This week on the show Iasha is joined in the studio by Ellie and Vikki, and with Blackshaw’s current production of Staying Alive more than half way through it’s run, we have a lot to talk about.

First up is a retro film review of Spirited Away and Vikki’s Arts Thing of the Week. We’re talking about Love Theatre day and the 5 things we learnt as over 500 theatre bodies participated and answered questions on Twitter last week.
Helen Johnson provided us with some audience feedback from Staying Alive and also asked cast, crew and audience the most important question of the week; Do you ever feel like you have too many arms?
Owen Collins gave us some fresh new poetry form our last New Writing Night and we talked about being scared at the theatre in the lead up to our Scare Slam happening this coming Wednesday at the Horse and Stables in Lambeth.
Don’t forget to pre book your tickets here so you don’t miss out!
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Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 6

Tune in to this week’s instalment of the Blackshaw Arts Hour, join Iasha to hear all things theatre and arts in Wandsworth and beyond!

We play Wailing Well, read by Duncan Gates for your listening pleasure and poets Owen Collins and Daisy Thurston-Gent provide us with a mini poetry segment within the show.

Also this week, we have a piece of new writing by Joe Banks called Have you Seen Spider-Man 2? performed by Grace Felton and Smith Lowe.

Happy listening!

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Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 2

Check out the second installment of our radio show, Blackshaw’s Arts Hour.

We’ve got our film critic, Matt Boothman, live in the studio talking about ‘Birdman’, a review of ‘Private View’ (by Plunge Theatre, showing at Theatre Delicatessen), and a radio play, the fantastically freaky ‘Fetch’ by Duncan Gates.

Sadly ‘Fetch’, was only available for one week, so you missed the boat but we have more radio plays in other episodes, to wrap your ears around!

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