‘Trouble at Sea: A Miss McSkimming Mystery’ – WAF 2021

Following our award-winning production of The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell by Chris Buxey (Stage Door New Writing Award 2018), we return to the Wandsworth Arts Fringe with a radio play recorded in front of a live audience (hilarious sound effects included).

Miss McSkimming takes to the high seas in her second adventure, presented by Blackshaw Theatre.  Expecting a pleasant transatlantic cruise, Miss McSkimming must instead deal with a missing companion and a series of mysterious thefts, all whilst trying to avoid panic amongst her fellow passengers.

A rollicking comedy with mysteries abounding, this piece promises to delight audiences, young and old!

You can listen to ‘Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery‘, her first adventure, on our podcast.

The show will run alongside a series of educational outreach events – a radio playwriting and producing workshop, a Q&A with the show creators, and 1-3 internships for Wandsworth residents and students wanting to gain experience in producing theatre and radio.

About the writer, Richard Stratton

Richard Stratton has written several plays for Blackshaw Theatre Company, including Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery and new adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and Gormenghast: Titus Groan.


WAF Big Top
King George’s Park
Lower Field
Mapleton Road
SW18 4GA

Date: Saturday 3rd July, 1pm

Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe.

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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.


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


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

WAF In Your Living Room

Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2020 will now take place as ‘WAF In Your Living Room’, an existing strand of the WAF programme that was introduced a couple of years ago as a provision for housebound audiences. This of course now includes us all, and it is from WAF’s longstanding commitment to champion artists and help make their work accessible to as many art-lovers as possible that the festival will continue. This year, your living room will become The Main Stage, and your sofa The Front Row!

Blackshaw’s entry to WAF In Your Living Room, is our catalogue of brilliant audio drama, and to you involved at home, we’re asking you to send in your own foley clips!

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Try your hand at foley!

Radio plays need sound effects, and we like ours to be home made (just like Mama used to make).  Do you want to try your hand at foley (creation of sound effects), and even have the chance for them to be featured in our upcoming live radio play?

It’s a perfect social distancing-friendly activity – just use household objects and your imagination.  You can get some hints and tips from this interview we did with our head foley artist, Andy.

We’re looking for:
– ship engine
– seagulls
– man falls overboard
– train chugging along
– serving breakfast
– water splashes against the side of a boat
– someone shoo-ing at displeased chickens
– someone is hit on the head and slumps on a table
– a puck being hit, ricocheting around the ship, smashing a drinking glass, striking a seagull, and splashing into the sea (advanced level!)


Send us your sound files, tell us how you made them, and send photos/videos (if you like), to blackshawtheatre@gmail.com or on twitter or instagram.

The Blackshaw Arts Hour – Episode 60

Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery

by Richard Stratton

A radio play recorded in front of a live audience (hilarious sound effects included).

What at first seems like a trivial case soon reveals a plot that could shake the very foundations of the British Empire. With her faithful valet by her side, Miss McSkimming must deal with butlers, the police, mysterious men in the shadows and a hippo, to get to the bottom of what could be her biggest case yet.

A rollicking comedy with a chic lady investigator and mysteries abounding, this piece promises to delight audiences, young and old!

Performed by Jessica Bailes, Ellie Pitkin, Chris Starkey, Helen Stratton and Richard Stratton, with live foley from Andrew Crane and David Turnbull.

Recorded live at the Putney Arts Theatre on Saturday 13th May 2017, as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe.