Great Expectations – Cast & Creatives

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Adaptation by Marcus Bazley

CAST
Narrator – Jeremy Drakes

Magwitch / Pumblechook – Dylan Lincoln

Compeyson / Porter / Galley – Marcus J. Bazley

 

Estella / Mrs Joe - Victoria Hamblen
Estella / Mrs Joe – Victoria Hamblen
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Pip – Rupert Sadler
Christopher Anderton
Joe / Wemmick / Drummle – Christopher Anderton
Alex
Sergeant / Jaggers – Alexander Pankhurst
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Miss Havisham – Jessica Brien
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Herbert Pocket – William Holyhead
Rosie
Biddy – Rosie Marsh

 

 

CREATIVES

Staying Alive Read Through
Sound Recordist / Designer / Engineer – Andrew Crane
Helen Johnson Producer
Producer – Helen Johnson
Iasha Chapman Associate Producer
Associate Producer – Iasha Chapman

 

Listen to our radio adaptation of Great Expectations – broadcasting on The Blackshaw Arts Hour from Sunday 3rd January 2016.

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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.”
5-starsFemale Arts

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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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New Writing Night – July 2015

THE OPEN ROAD
Written & Performed by Perry Sophocleous
Directed by Catherine Lord

THE GATES by Emily Jane Kerr
Directed by Alice Knapton
MATTHEW JOHN WRIGHT – Peter
KITTY LOVETT – Anne

AGE UK by Kat Roberts
Directed by Stephen Bailey
EMILY RAE – Tara
ROSIE MARSH – Kate
ALEX KHANYAGHMA – Jake
PRISCILLA GRAY – Frank
CATHERINE LORD – Alex

TRICK OR TREAT by Tonnvane Wiswell
Directed by Jo Greaves
NICOLLE PATRICIA – Pamela
JOSIE BRIGHTWELL – Krista
ALEX KHANYAGHMA – Clerk
ALEXANDER PANKHURST – Steve

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

Photos by Richard Stratton

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 18

This week on the Blackshaw Arts Hour, Matt reviews London Road and we are joined in the studio by Alexander Pankhurst and Rosie Marsh, two of the actors involved in Blackshaw’s upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland.

We heard more interviews form the rest of the cast involved in the latest production of Alice in wonderland and also heard from writer Richard Stratton about why he choose to adapt Alice and the writing process.

Arts thing of the week had Vikki talking to us about the lack of jobs in the arts and we discussed in the studio what the difficulties surrounding this are.

Blackshaw’s latest run of Alice in Wonderland will be at the Streatham Home as a part of the Streatham Festival on the 4th and 5th of July. Tickets can be found here

 

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The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 16

This week on the show Matt and Vikki join Iasha in the studio. Matt reviews Mad Max Fury Road and the Arts Thing Of The Week is Eurovision. We dissect this years Eurovision, welcome Australia to the competition and  Vikki tells us the three golden rules to a winning act.

We played Corey Hulls’ essay “The 9 Stages of Drinking” and Richard Stratton reviewed Carmen Disruption at the Almeida Theatre (Running until the 23rd of May)

Excitingly our production of Alice in Wonderland has secured a transfer to the Streatham Festival on the 4th and 5th of July. We heard some cast interviews from Steve Wickenden, Tegan Cutts and Rosie Marsh and also spoke about the fact that Blackshaw is turning 5 this coming Friday!

Happy listening!

 

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Quick Questions in Wonderland: Rosie Marsh

We grabbed Rosie Marsh, who’s playing The March Hare/Dormouse in our upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland at the Battersea Library, and fired some quick questions at her…

 

Rosie HeadshotWhat do you like best about playing your character in Alice in Wonderland?

I like the fact that my main characters are physically connected, which makes the challenge of creating two completely individual personalities that bit more stretching and exciting! Plus they’re both completely bonkers which is always great fun to play.

 

What’s your favourite scene or character in Alice in Wonderland?
I always loved the mad hatters tea party and feel that this is how all tea parties should be conducted. Apparently I was never a fan of ‘the walrus and the carpenter’ poem; my dad told me that when he read it to me as a child I used to cry when the oysters got eaten!

 

What was the last project you worked on?
I sang in a production called ‘Bunco’, which was a piece of new writing at the proud archivist. I got to sing sixties ballads and wear a blue wig, it was brilliant.

 

What’s the last book you read?
I am currently reading a book called ‘the other twin’ by Dan Vyleta. It’s about a brutal murder which happens in Nazi occupied Austria and a doctor trying to figure out who’s guilty.

 

Besides Alice, what’s your favourite past role (or favourite past project you’ve worked on) and why?
Ooh this is a really tough one, it was probably my first Edinburgh experience where I was in a play I’d co-written with my friends. There were 7 of us sharing a one bedroom flat for a whole month, performing every day, seeing loads of theatre and drinking far too much. It was absolutely magical.

 

What’s the best play/show/concert you’ve ever been to?
I saw an amazing production of Romeo and Juliet at Statford Upon Avon years ago; they started the play by two of the Capulets dragging a Montague onto the stage, tying him to a wooden stake, lighting up a flame torch and almost setting fire to him, which was stopped by the entrance of the prince. It was absolutely terrifying and the only time I’ve really seen a production of the play really grasp the destruction and danger of the rivalry.

 

Not a lot of people know that…

I have a tattoo

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Passing judgements on people’s menu choices on ‘come dine with me’ and shouting things like ‘YOU’VE NEVER BAKED A SOUFFLE BEFORE AND YOU’RE DOING IT NOW?!?ARE YOU QUITE MAD!?!’ at the telly.

 

What really grinds your gears?
People who don’t practice their recipes before going on a dining competition show to win £1000.

 

You can see Rosie perform the role of March Hare/Dormouse (and other assorted characters) in Alice in Wonderland at the Battersea Library 2-16th May 2015 – more details and buy tickets here.

 

NEWS: Alice in Wonderland at WAF 2015

The Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) is coming up in May, and we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be transferring last year’s WAF production, Alice in Wonderland by Richard Stratton, to the Battersea Library (Clapham Junction) 2-16th May 2015*.

It’s especially exciting because 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the original book’s publication by writer Lewis Carroll.

The show will be directed by Blackshaw’s Managing & Artistic Director, Ellie Pitkin, with assistance from Marcus Bazley.  Zahra Mansouri is designing set/costume, with associate designer, Michelle Bristow.  Andrew Crane is designing sound and lights.

Some original cast are returning, and some new faces are amongst us…

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EMILY RAE – ALICE
ALEX KHANYAGHMA – MAD HATTER/WHITE RABBIT/DOOR 3 /FLOWERS
STEVE WICKENDEN – THE QUEEN OF HEARTS/LIBRARIAN
ALEXANDER PANKHURST – TWEEDLE DEE/SOLDIER 1/DOOR 1/CATERPILLAR
RICHARD STRATTON – TWEEDLE DUM/SOLDIER 2/DOOR 4
NATASHA GREEN – CHESHIRE CAT
ROSIE MARSH – MARCH HARE/DOOR 2

Alice has lost her cat, but when her search leads her to the library, Alice discovers more than she could ever imagine. Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice as her world is turned upside down in this new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Suitable for ages 4+ (and plenty of jokes for the grownups).

ALICE-000207“this ingeniously directed production by Ellie Pitkin showcases all the theatrical tricks one can imagine…this resourceful and clever production” **** – Public Reviews

“an imaginative production…highly entertaining and engaging…a fun afternoon adventure” – Everything Theatre

“tightly directed and precisely performed – and gloriously silly” – Cumbria PR

TICKETS ON SALE NOW (£6/£3) 

*Sat 2nd May (6 & 7.30pm shows), Bank Holiday Mon 4th May (3pm and 4pm shows), Fri 8th May (7.30pm show), Sat 9th May (6 & 7.30pm shows), Fri 15th May (7.30pm show), Sat 16th May (6 & 7.30pm shows).

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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