Looking back at…The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell

by Chris Buxey

11-12th May 2018, Putney Arts Theatre

Performed in front of a live audience, with live foley (sound effects), this new radio play by Chris Buxey is a dark comedy about principles, money and the importance of family.

Stuart is the author of the beloved Young Adult literature heroine, Frankie Fightwell. While writing the next book in the series, Stuart realises that there might be more than just the usual vampire sharks and giant Nazi man-spiders preventing Frankie from making it to the end of her latest adventure!

We enjoyed the last live audio play so much we decided to do it all again. We had a larger live foley team for Chris Buxey’s delightfully camp, nazi spider romp. And safe to say it was a real treat for the audience and creative team. Oh, and it won Stagedoor’s Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018 New Writing Award.

CAST

Tom Slatter – Dominic/Viktor
Abigail Morgan – Frankie/Rachel
John Rayment – Stuart

CREATIVES

Ellie Pitkin – Director/Producer
Andrew Crane – Sound/Foley Designer
Vikki Weston – Producer
Megan Barbour – Foley Team/Intern
Charlotte Bishop – Foley Team/Intern
Alec Mills – Foley Team
Betty Smith – Foley Team/Intern

Looking back at…London Pride

London Pride by Katie McCullough

7-17th May 2013 The Selkirk Upstairs

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Public Reviews

In Shelly’s rundown pub dreams are revived, hope falters and someone’s looking for a fight.

A new arrival sends ripples through Shelly’s humdrum life and riles Joe, a regular determined to defend his territory.

Back in 2013 we staged London Pride as part of a double bill at the Wandsworth Arts Fringe, with Audience with the Ghostfinder. Katie McCullough’s honest take on little England through the eyes of a pub landlord was filled with humour and pathos, all of which was expertly delivered by the cast.  

…a rare chance to see some outstanding new writing…both plays on the double bill are brilliantly written and superbly acted, with ingenious staging.

Public Reviews

CAST

MARTIN BEHRMAN Joe

FIONA SKINNER Shelly 

TOM SLATTER Pavel 

Ellie Pitkin matches her taut direction with strong casting throughout the evening…you can’t help but come away from the evening feeling that this is a company who really care

Public Reviews

CREATIVES

ELLIE PITKIN Director

TUTKU BARBAROS Assistant Director

LIZZIE COOPER Stage Manager & Lights Operator

DAVID TURNBULL Sound Designer

SHERRY COENEN Lighting Designer

ZAHRA MANSOURI Set & Costume Designer

MICHELLE BRISTOW Costume Assistant

PETRA HJORTSBERG Props Maker

MIRANDA MARVIN Assistant Stage Manager

ANDREW CRANE Sound Operator

BARNEY BARRON Publicity, PR and Marketing

HELEN JOHNSON Publicity, PR and Marketing

COLE CAMPBELL Publicity, PR and Marketing

NICK TATCHELL Assistant Events Manager

VIKKI WESTON Education Manager

RICHARD STRATTON IT and Website Manager

NIVINE KEATING (MORRIGHAN IMAGES) Rehearsal Photography

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 92

This episodes includes…

  • The fifth and final episode of ‘Black Shuck’ by Duncan Hands – Art and Martha were reunited, but that pesky fisherman has turned up and could ruin everything! Can Martha see him off before they’re discovered? In this, the final episode of the series, what will happen to Art and Martha out on the Norfolk Marshes? Will they make it back with their loot? Will they make it back at all…?
  • Another couple of clips from 2017’s Scare Slam – Big Eyes by Liam Steward-George (performed by Jessica Brindle), and The Watcher by Joseph Willis
  • PLUS a couple of clips from 2016’s Scare Slam (so retro) -Lucy’s Tea Party by Molly Beth Morossa, and The Dewey Ones by Ben Whitehead

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 91

  • Matt reviews Ant Man & The Wasp/The Spy Who Dumped Me
  • The Scare Slam – it’s a-comin’! Apply to take part. Tickets now on sale.
  • We play a taste of what you can expect from the Scare Slam – a piece from last year’s show, The Fatberg of Whitechapel by Reece Connolly
  • We chat about Blackshaw’s mates, Non Zero One and their brilliant project, Put Her Forward
  • It’s that time again – Victoria Sadler’s round up of female playwrights at off-west end London theatres this year (Spoiler – representation is still a bit rubbish, boo!)
  • The penultimate episode of Black Shuck – Art and Martha heard a seal, and then a pair of glowing, spooky, eyes appeared – but turned out to be the lights of the boat – drop off secured, Martha was left alone…until the dog turned up…so where is Art? And is that dog, just a normal dog?!

Listen to the podcast here:

Relevant Links

Ant Man & The Wasp – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5095030/?ref_=nv_sr_1 

The Spy Who Dumped Me – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6663582/?ref_=nv_sr_1 

The Scare Slam Tickets – http://bit.ly/ScareSlam2018

The Scare Slam, apply to take part – http://blackshawonline.com/whats-on/ 

Non Zero One: Put Her Forward – http://putherforward.com/ and http://www.nonzeroone.com/projects/put-her-forward/ 

Victoria Sadler:  2018 Theatre in Review: Challenges for Female Playwrights Continues –  http://www.victoriasadler.com/2018-theatre-in-review-challenges-for-female-playwrights-continues/ 

 

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 90

Ellie & Matt are on their holidays, so here’s a quick fix of the Blackshaw Arts Hour to keep you going –

Black Shuck Episode 3 – we’ve heard the tale of legendary Black Shuck, and poor old lopsided Rob’s Dad – we basically had the bejesus scared out of us – so, what was that terrifying noise?!

Talking of terrifying, we can now reveal that Blackshaw’s Scare Slam will be back at the London Horror Festival in October! Details here.

Listen to the podcast here:

 

Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 88

  • Matt reviews Mission Impossible: Fallout & The Incredibles 2
  • Ellie chats about Mama Mia: Here We Go Again
  • We play another round of Fringe Roulette
  • It’s the first episode of radio drama ‘Black Shuck’ by Duncan Hands!

 

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NEWS: award-winning Frankie Fightwell broadcast date!

Thrilled that ‘The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell’ by Chris Buxey, what we performed at the Putney Arts Theatre has only gone and won Stagedoor’s Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018 New Writing Award!

You can put the award-winning piece of radio drama in your ears when it launches on 20th June – broadcast on Wandsworth Radio at midnight, and then available to stream or download.