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 – 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

 

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 36

This week on the show Iasha is joined by Matt and Andy.

Matt reviews 10 Cloverfield Lane and we also chat about London Has Fallen. Andy is in the studio to talk to us about the last episode of Great Expectations and the challenges and he faced during the course of this project.

The final episode of Great Expectations takes us to the end of the show. Don’t forget to tune in in two weeks time to hear our mystery interview by Ellie Pitkin and come along to Blackshaws New Writing Night at the Horse in Lambeth this Wednesday! Tickets here!

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NEWS: Shortlist for the Showcase Award 2016

*Announcement Klaxon*

 

Shortlisted pieces for our 2016 Showcase Award are…

 

Maybe God is Michael by Karen Bartholomew

The Unexpected Guest by Rosie Marsh

Cailleach Og by Gerald Moynihan

Bruised by Hannah Puddefoot

Parents by Dan Weatherer

 

You can see all 5 pieces being performed at the New Writing Night on Weds 30th March, The Horse & Stables (Waterloo), 7.30pm.  Tickets £4 advance, £5 cash on the door.

Book your ticket now.

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New Writing Night – March 2015 – The Showcase Shortlist

Sleeping Dogs by Lisa Lawrence
Directed by Kat Roberts
Ben— George Collie
Anna— Rose Turner
Jack— Stanley Eldridge
Annette— Diana Brooks

Eromenos by Nick Cheesman
Directed by Matt Beresford
Sheri— Janie Shepherd
Nigel— Richard Zanik

Call it Even by Naila Vazquez Tantinya
Directed by Marcus Bazley
Jamie— Jonathan Cobb
Macarena— Eden Avital Alexander

The Meeting by Michael Halliday
Directed by Stephen Bailey
God— Isaiah Ellis
Muse— Freya Evans
Fate— Caitlin McMillan
Demon— Charlie Woodward
Administrator— Colson Dorafshar

Photos by Richard Stratton

New Writing Night – May 2015 – Blackshaw’s Big NWN at WAF

The Brain
Written by Diana Vlase
Directed by Sofia Nakou
Performed by Velenzia Spearpoint
The Pecking Order
Written by Sadiq Jaffery
Directed by Sofia Nakou
Jonah— Beau Barbour
Frankin—Alex John
Making a Difference
Written by Steven Fernandez
Directed by Catherine Lord
Michael— Gordon Round
Alana— Emily Jane Kerr
Matthew— Keir Carroll
Beige
Written by Dan Weatherer
Directed by Catherine Lord
Milton— Richard Malado
Gayle— Hayley Marie Axe

Photos by Richard Stratton

New Writing Night – March 2015 – The Showcase Shortlist

The 4 pieces performed at this New Writing Night were shortlisted for Blackshaw’s Showcase Award 2015.

Sleeping Dogs

Written by Lisa Lawrence

Directed by Kat Roberts

Ben— George Collie

Anna— Rose Turner

Jack— Stanley Eldridge

Annette— Diana Brooks

 

Eromenos

Written by Nick Cheesman

Directed by Matt Beresford

Sheri— Janie Shepherd

Nigel— Richard Zanik

 

Call it Even

Written by Naila Vazquez Tantinya

Directed by Marcus Bazley

Jamie— Jonathan Cobb

Macarena— Eden Avital Alexander

 

The Meeting

Written by Michael Halliday

Directed by Stephen Bailey

God— Isaiah Ellis

Muse— Freya Evans

Fate— Caitlin McMillan

Demon— Charlie Woodward

Administrator— Colson Dorafshar

 

Photos by Richard Stratton

 

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

Communicate
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