Special Event - Brook Theatre, Kent - 9th & 16th October
3 May 2017
This is a specific commission designed to increase engagement with EOLC services. We have two dates at the Brook Theatre which will include a facilitated discussion around the some of the issues arising from the play. This is a FREE event and we welcome as many people as possible to join us. The play runs for 60 minutes followed by a short interval and discussion. Please SHARE on social media. We have trailers and reviews of the show available here. It's an honour to be involved in this programme.
9th October 7pm
16th October 4pm
Brook Theatre - Chatham
From our King's Head show - What the audience said....
‘I thought it was very well done. Laughter is our natural remedy. The play was simply wonderful.’
What The Audience Said……God’s Waiting Room - 2017
28 April 2017
4 Star review at Remote Goat - 'Death explored in a brave way.'
'A thoughtful play, which raised questions about the way we as humans deal with death but portrayed in a humorous and accessible way. I found myself thinking about the issues raised in it for some time. Well acted and a welcome change to my usual play experience.'
'Wow amazing acting and the script was electric. Three people making such an outstanding performance.'
‘Would love to have you back next year so please keep me informed as to your tour plans. All the best and thanks again for an excellent performance. Lots of excellent feedback.’
‘Wonderfully blended pathos.'
‘Thank you for an excellent production, thoroughly enjoyed by all.'
‘Well worth going too. Brilliant writing and excellent execution. Funny too’.
‘You should be very proud – to write a play that makes all those people say ‘That’s me’ , ‘’that’s just how it is with my sister and me’, it was incredible the way everybody started talking straight away. I think they would have happily stayed there talking to you all night – you’d still be there now! Amazing play, well done.'
‘We really enjoyed the play this evening. Thought you and your fellow actors were really good and mostly thought the writing was top notch.'
‘Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your play last night. I loved the humour and honesty. You and the rest of the cast were brilliant.'
‘Dialogue set situation and brought it to life. Blend of comedy, desperation and pathos were recognisable to those who've been in that situation. Family tensions accurately portrayed. Enjoyable, thought provoking evening.'
‘We came along to see ‘God’s Waiting Room’ at the Marlowe a few weeks ago and we both really enjoyed it. It was very funny and moving and well observed. I liked how it really looked at the waiting around involved in death and broke so many taboos. I loved the last scene when they are in the Mum’s flat and one of the daughters holds up one of her dresses. Obviously we don’t see the mum at all throughout the play, but in that moment it feels like we are seeing a memory of her held up by the daughter and it is so moving.’
‘Quite simply the best play I've seen all year... The acting was phenomenal!!!’
6 April 2017
GOD’S WAITING ROOM by Karen Bartholomew
Presented by Motormouse Productions
The King’s Head Theatre, Islington 22nd July
London Pub Theatres Review**** Review
Spin City by Karen Bartholomew
21 March 2017
'A modern day Robin Hood'
Monday afternoon, not much going on besides a robbery and chores at Spin City Laundrette. Margaret has health issues that could be better addressed. Jud hates his job and his Dad. Teddy just lost his job and maybe his wife and Lol thinks the world owes her an educational right. Between washes and a failed robbery, Spin City users could become the unlikely beneficiaries. The only problem is a Special Constable keen to impress and endorse her forthcoming promotion. A comedy of morals, dilemmas and a slightly inappropriate Police Officer in waiting.
Friday 29th September, The Beacon, 67-68 St Mary's Terrace, Hastings TN34 3LS
7:30pm - The Visitors
8:30pm Josh Plummer
9:30pm Spin City
Saturday 30th September, The Printworks, 14 Claremont, Hastings, TN34 1HE
3:00pm - The Visitors
4:00pm - Josh Plummer
5:00pm - Spin City
Working with our Partners
19 March 2017
We have formed some exciting partnerships with venues and individuals excited by the project. Our Brighton show will be a charity night, which promises to be a truly amazing evening supported by Sara Snood, Tora Colwill, Alice Leverton and Julie Fraser Reid, where all ticket sales profit will go directly to Macmillan Cancer.
18 March 2017
Lack of roles for older women
Why aren't they more black people in improv?
On the day the BBC surprise us all with a gender pay gap - interesting to hear their admission of not doing enough. Hmm and why not? Have the Board not discussed this obvious disparity? Tune into Art Hour touching on this and featuring film reviews, radio plays, interviews, London arts chat and more.....Blackshaw Arts Hour
More Roles for Older Women
13 February 2017
We're very keen to promote equality in this industry, particularly the woeful under representation of older actresses. The recent show was a direct response to creating roles for women over forty. It's not always the lack of scripts out there but the production, and powers that be, that insist on promoting limited roles for women. It really is time; investment and production companies took a bolder step in this direction.