Live Theatre Returns in Wandsworth – Trouble at Sea: A Miss McSkimming Mystery

Following their award-winning production of The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell by Chris Buxey (Stage Door New Writing Award 2018), Blackshaw Theatre Company returns 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!

Date: Saturday 3rd July 2021

Venue: The Big Top (King George’s Park, Wandsworth, SW18 2GJ)

Time: 1pm (1h running time)

Tickets: £8/5

Discount code: EARLYBIRD for 20% off tickets before 12 June.

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

About 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.

About Blackshaw Theatre Company

Blackshaw is a theatre production company, championing new writing and adaptations on stage and in audio. We’re proud to work with an extensive network of artists and professionals in our South London homeland and beyond. Blackshaw and our whole network believe in embracing a wide range of disciplines, sharing knowledge, and supporting fellow theatre practitioners to create great work.

Founded in 2010, our productions include new works; The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell by Chris Buxey (2018 – Putney Arts Theatre); Some Treachery: A Miss McSkimming Mystery by Richard Stratton (2017 – Putney Arts Theatre); Black Shuck by Duncan Hands (2016– Old Red Lion Theatre), Staying Alive by Kat Roberts (2015 – Pleasance Theatre), Fetch by Duncan Gates (2014 – Selkirk Upstairs); Audience with the Ghost Finder by M. J. Starling (2013– Selkirk Upstairs & Etcetera Theatre), and Character by Florence Vincent (2014 & 2015 –Selkirk Upstairs & Tristan Bates Theatre); as well as adaptations of Gormenghast: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake (2012 – The Actors’ Church, Covent Garden) and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (2014 & 2015 – Selkirk Upstairs, Battersea Library & The British Home).

Our podcast, ‘The Blackshaw Arts Hour’ includes the latest arts news and reviews, as well as one-off radio dramas, serials, and live performances.

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Scare Slam, 2019

“All the performances were amazing…a fantastic production” – The Strand Magazine

The Final Adventure of Frankie Fightwell, 2018

“a real treat…great fun” * * * * – Pocket Size Theatre

“The ace up the sleeve of the show though is the brave move of having the Foley (sound effects) recorded live…plenty of laughs” – A Younger Theatre

Alice in Wonderland, 2014/15

“…creative, imaginative and seemingly effortless style…The whole performance buzzed with energy, fun and joy.” * * * * * – London Theatre 1

“this production provides something for everyone…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

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

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