Looking back at…New Writing Nights & The Showcase Awards

On January 6th 2011, Blackshaw presented its first New Writing Night at The Horse & Stables (Lambeth North). There began a decade-long love story between Blackshaw and new writing. We hosted over 30 events, first at The Horse, and then at the Hen & Chickens (Islington). The New Writing Nights brought together writers, actors, and directors to try out their work and get constructive feedback from the audience.

In 2014, we began the annual Blackshaw Showcase Award – winners were supported by Blackshaw through the development process of their play, to get the script performance-ready and then staged as a one-off industry performance.

2014 Winner: Staying Alive by Kat Roberts

2015: Call It Even by Naila Vázquez Tantinyà

2016: Cailleach Óg by Gerald Moynihan

2017: Moth Man by Nicole Locke

There are loads of brilliant photos, reviews, interviews and info on the New Writing Nights and Showcase Awards to look at.

Showcase Shortlist New Writing Night – January 2017

We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of our 2017 Showcase Award is Nicole Locke, with ‘Moth Man’.

 

She had some seriously stiff competition, with 4 other fabulous shortlisted pieces performed on 30th January at the Hen & Chickens.

 

Made Glorious Summer by Lilly Garwood-Lloyd

Directed by Alexander Pankhurst
Tom – Stuart Vincent
Rebecca – Beth Organ

A Stone’s Throw by Annie Power
Directed by Christian Durham
Wilksy – David Atkinson
Viv – Maxine Howard

Heat is On by Stewart Schiller
Directed by Jo Greaves
Phil – Adam Seigel
Bethany – Sophie Kisilevsky

The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell by Chris Buxey
Directed by Phoebe Hitt
Frankie – Abigail Morgan
Stuart – John Rayment
Dominic – Tom Slatter

Moth Man by Nicole Locke
Directed by Stephen Bailey
Dave/Moth Man – Joseph Cullen
Malcolm – Alex Maude

Photos by Richard Stratton – https://500px.com/richardstrat

New Writing Night – September 2016

Photos by Richard Stratton.

Grim Reaper

Written by Dean Bevan

Directed by Marcus Bazley

Grim Reaper – Thomas Witcomb

Deaf Old Man – Tony Parkin

Deaf Old Woman – Margaret Ashley

 

Eyes

Written by Christopher O’Shaughnessy

Directed by Alexander Pankhurst

Actor – David Bibby

 

Callieach Óg

Written by Gerry Moynihan

Directed by Marcus Bazley

Callieach Óg – Victoria Otter

Snibber Bannon – Jimmy O’Rourke

Marie – Liis Mikk

Daithi – Adrian Fear

 

Exposure

Written by Liam Steward George

Directed by Ellie Pitkin

Alice – Victoria Gibson

Mum – Emily Swain

Greg – Alexander Pankhurst

 

New Writing Night – July 2016

Our first New Writing Night at the lovely Hen & Chickens – thanks for having us!

 

Saved by the Diddymen by Michael Staniforth

Directed by Stephen Bailey

Bob – Jonathan Curry

John – Tony Parkin

 

A selection of poetry written and performed by Owen Collins

 

Bunker by Agustina Figueras

Directed by Catherine Lord

Greta – Jess Reed

Brauen – Joe Riley

 

Little England by Rabiah Hussain

Directed by Chris Davis

Faraz – Theodor Spiridon

Michael – Dan Richards