Kiss, lick & bite

Soho Theatre’s downstairs cabaret space was the perfect environment for nitroBEATbites, a Future-Theatre Lounge: Six writers testing out their work in the hands of legendary director, Benji Reid, and a talented cast.

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Full house for nitroBEAT bites

Titi Dawudu

“Excellent night filled with so much talent & great new writing! @nitrobeatuk Truly hope #nBbites becomes a regular event”


An audience of new faces, friends, family, lovers of new writing, spoken word performance and industry professionals gathered to watch 10 minute bite-sized pieces of new writing within a music lounge setting, and provide feedback to encourage further development of the pieces.

nitroBEAT bites unearthed new voices for the stage alongside encouraging established writers  to test new work. Diane Morgan first conceived a version of the project at Contact in Manchester, entitled ‘Flip the Script’, which evolved into a large-scale BBC- funded programme that developed new writing, not only for the stage but also for radio and TV.

BBC New Comedy Award 2015 finalist, Athena Kugblenu, hosted the night and set the after work, relaxed tone to the event. A definite crowd-pleaser, Athena worked the audience with a no-hold bars approach to everything from Britain leaving the EU to flirty banter with the audience. Athena also had the job of asking the audience for feedback after each of the pieces were performed by holding up ‘Kiss,’ (I liked it) ‘Lick’ (I like it a lot) or ‘Bite’ (I loved it!) cards.

The writing evoked anything from laugh-out-loud moments from Paul Cree’s 'Creatine' to visible tears in response to Femi Martin’s 'I am Not There'. Each of the six writers are having discussions with the teams at nitroBEAT and Soho Theatre to discuss next steps for their writing and some will go into full development and commissions.

There was the right blance of flavours for regular theatre-goers as well as theatre-newbies and a full house despite the weather and public transport shutting down – and for nitroBEAT it was the first of planned regular event at Soho Theatre.

"Best vibe I've ever experienced for a shorts night. #nbBites"

"This night was sick, bad and wicked. Follow @nitrobeatuk I beg"

All six videod pieces and profiles of the writers, team and actors are available here