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 –

New Writing Night – March 2016 (Showcase Award Shortlist)

Bruised by Hannah Puddefoot

Directed by George Islay-Calderwood

Emma – Lisa Ronaghan

Mike – Dan Burman


Cailleach Og by Gerald Moynihan

Directed by Jo Greaves

Cailleach Óg – Jo Greaves

Màire Mí Dhomhnaill – Natasha Colenso


Maybe God is Michael by Karen Bartholomew

Directed by Stephen Bailey

Paul – Robert Daoust

Helen – Hilary Buss

Vicar – Koullis Kyriacou


Parents by Dan Weatherer

Directed by Tutku Barbaros

Gilly – Daniel Garcia

Tom – Tom Slatter

Steff – Abigail Morgan

Marianna – Natasha Colenso


The Unexpected Guest by Rosie Marsh

Directed by Ellie Pitkin

Hannah – Angela Ferns

Sally – Emily Rae


Photos by Richard Stratton.


The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 34

This week on the show Iasha is joined by Matt who reviews Deadpool and we talk about a new twitter feed that popped up this week called @femscriptintros.

We listened to a live recording from a Blackshaw New Writing Night last year call ed Trick or Treat and also urged any of you with a half finished (or finished) play out there to submit it to our Showcase New Writing night coming up at the end of March. Get your submissions in here!

Helen brought us this weeks Arts Thing of the Week in the absence of Vikki. She spoke about the proposed ‘Garden Bridge’ and in turn the inconsistencies and bureaucracy surrounding funding for the arts across the country.

Finally, at the very end of the show was Great Expectations – Episode 4, make sure you tune into the next Blackshaw Arts Hour to hear Episode 5 on the 28th of Feb.

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New Writing Night – July 2015

Written & Performed by Perry Sophocleous
Directed by Catherine Lord

THE GATES by Emily Jane Kerr
Directed by Alice Knapton

AGE UK by Kat Roberts
Directed by Stephen Bailey

TRICK OR TREAT by Tonnvane Wiswell
Directed by Jo Greaves

CARER by Dermot Dolan
Directed by Sofia Nakou
PAUL FOULDS – Elderly Man

Photos by Richard Stratton

‘Staying Alive’ by Kat Roberts, 15th Jan 2015, at the Pleasance Theatre StageSpace

Blackshaw’s Showcase Award Winner 2014

“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? When is it time to ‘move on’?


RACHEL NOTT           Mary
Rachel graduated from the Poor School in 2008. Credits include Billy Liar (Coopers Arms), Pirates! (Polka Theatre), Saturday, Sunday, Monday (Workhouse Theatre), The Memory of Water (Rose and Crowne), FourPlay (Hen & Chickens), The Bill (Talkback Television). Rachel is also a co-producer for Four Eyes and the Peach. She is delighted to be involved in Blackshaw Theatre’s showcase of Staying Alive.
BRENDAN JONES       Nathan
Brendan Jones trained at The Poor School. His TV and Film credits include ‘The bell boy’ in Bright Young Things directed by Stephen Fry (2002) and ‘John Housman’ in Days That Shook The World directed by David Bartlett (2005).

Brendan’s theatre credits include ‘Eugene’ in The Wolf directed by Jamie Harper (2011), and ‘Joan Miro’ in Café Duende directed by Jamie Harper (2013).

ELEANOR BURKE         Jenn
Theatre credits include: News Revue (Canal Café Theatre), Julius Caesar (Brockley Jack Theatre); Timbre (Torn Apart Theatre), Sketchageddon Live (Canal Café Theatre), The Women at The Tomb, La Ronde (Theatre Collection) and for Blackshaw Theatre Company; Alice Springs, and Staying Alive (Blackshaw New Writing Nights).

Film & TV credits include: Kon Tiki (RPC & Nordisk Film), Suspect 13, Coming Out (Shoot Me Films), The Violinist, Newsnight (BBC), First Light (Fervent Films), Four Tongues (The Ideas Factory), Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends (Red Caravan), Tequila (Eternal Media Productions), Bunking Off (Nic Penrake Films), On My Own/Russell Crowe (London Comedy Writers).

Training: The Poor School

Jonny is a core ensemble member of ‘The Faction’, a theatre company interpreting classical texts with a contemporary aesthetic. He also plays the regular doctor, Charlie Cavanagh, on ITV’s Emmerdale.

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For ‘The Faction’: Strindberg’s Apartment, Twelfth Night, Mary Stuart, Miss Julie, Fiesco, Three Sisters, Blood Wedding, Hamlet, Thebes, The Robbers, Theatre Economy of Thought (Assembly George Square), Write Me a Murder (Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatre), Eddie and the Gold Tops (UK Tour), Toad (Southwark Playhouse), The James Herriot Story (UK Tour), A Yorkshire Christmas Carol (UK Tour), Hard Times (UK Tour).

TV: Emmerdale

Training: The Poor School
Theatre includes: u/s ‘Jack’, ‘Colin’, ‘Simeon’ in Life of Riley, (2011), ‘Bob’ in Tea & Filth (2010), ‘Mike’ in The Memory of Water (2010), ‘David’ in Take It or Leave It, (2010), ‘Adrian’ in If the Cap Fits, (2009), ‘Peter Quince’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (2009), u/s ‘Andy’, ‘Bill’, ‘Gerald’ in Woman in Mind, (2009 – West End Debut), and ‘Prince’ in Romeo & Juliet, (2008).

EMILY RAE        Portia/Sarah/Social Worker
Emily graduated from The Guildford School of Acting in 2013. Her credits during training include ‘Masha’ in Three Sisters, ‘Hermia’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Leonardo’s Wife’ in Blood Wedding and ‘Midas’ Daughter’ in Metamorphoses. Professionally, Emily has worked previously with Blackshaw Theatre Company in the role of ‘Alice’ in their production of Alice in Wonderland as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival and Fringe. She has also completed two UK tours as ‘Gerda’ in Quantum Theatre’s production of The Snow Queen, ‘Mrs Owl’ In Blunderbus Theatre Company’s Hugless Douglas and has also been invited to perform at several ‘Constellation CoLab’ events at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.

Emily is thrilled to have her feet firmly back on the ground in London and to be working on a brilliant new script with Blackshaw, a company she is very fond of.


Kat studied Drama and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway Univeristy of London, before leaving to train as an actor at the Poor School. At the beginning of 2014, Kat changed her focus from acting back to writing, and applied for Blackshaw’s Showcase Award with her short play, Take Me. As winner of the Showcase Award, Kat has spent the remainder of the year developing the piece with Blackshaw Theatre Company. The full length play, now titled Staying Alive, is her first in production. Kat is also in the final year of an English Literature degree with The Open University and is a volunteer counsellor for Childline London.

ELLIE PITKIN Director & Producer
Ellie is the Managing & Artistic Director of Blackshaw Theatre, which she founded in May 2010. Directing credits include Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (2006) and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker (2009). With Blackshaw, Ellie has directed Gormenghast: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake (2012), Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (2014), Character by Florence Vincent (2014), London Pride by Katie McCullough (2013); Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (2013); Fetch by Duncan Gates (2014).

A graduate in Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway University (2008), Ellie also comperes Blackshaw’s regular New Writing Nights.

JO GREAVES Assistant Director
Jo Greaves is a South London based director. She has worked with numerous new writing companies across London and has had work performed at the Southwark Playhouse, Tristan Bates and Park Theatre. Having directed for the Blackshaw New Writing Nights, she is thrilled to be assisting on the Staying Alive showcase.

MICHELLE BRISTOW Set & Costume Designer
Michelle has previously designed costumes for One Small Step For A Man (2012, directed by Sam Hayes) and assisted with the costumes for Theatre Giants Houdini The Play UK & Ireland Tour (2013). Michelle has assisted on costume and set for previous Blackshaw productions – Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton (2014), London Pride by Katie McCullough (2013); Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (2013). More recently she designed set and costume for Blackshaw’s Halloween Tales (2014), featuring a candlelit reading and Fetch by Duncan Gates.

Michelle is a graduate in Costume Design from Wimbledon College of Arts (2014) and was also part of the collaborating design team for ASC Random’s recent production of Hamlet (2014).

ANDREW CRANE Sound & Light Design/Operation

VIKKI WESTON Producer & Front of House

SIOBHAN WHELAN Publicity Manager

STANLEY WALTON Publicity Assistant


NICOLE LOCKE Company Administrator

NICK TATCHELL Front of House


For their generous help with research: Nicola Whitworth Co-founder of SLOW; Dr Hannah Davies MBChB; Anna Anderson BA Hons. Social Work & Social Policy; Toby Herniman BEng.; David Goddard BMus.; Charlie Davies CEO iGeolise.

With special thanks to Nic for sharing her story with me.

Remembering Naomi Grace Whitworth (12/11/1997 – 06/04/2005) and all lost children.


The Selkirk and staff
The Weston family
Zak Thomas

New Writing Night – November 2014

Have you seen Spider-Man 2?
Written by Joseph Banks
Directed by Alejandro Postigo
Performed by Grace Felton
& Smith Lowe

Excessive Force
Written by Nelson Clark
Directed by Jo Greaves
Performed by Gigi Burgdorf
& Deep Johal

Poetry Written & performed by
Owen Collins

Written by Jeremy Fletcher
Directed by Marcus Bazley
Harry: Andrew Wickes
James: Daniel Garcia
Heather: Amy Jackson

Poetry written & performed by
Daisy Thurston Gent

Photography by Zak Thomas & Richard Stratton