nitroBEAT is officially being announced today as the new name for Nitro Music Theatre (originally established as Black Theatre Co-operative in 1979) - honouring the legacy of its pivotal contribution to UK theatre whilst stepping boldly forward into a new iteration of innovation from its' new home at one of UK's leading powerhouse venues for new writing, Soho Theatre in the heart of London's creative hub.
Led by new director Diane Morgan, the name marks a radical shift in the company's vision, a refreshed approach to collaborating and instigating creative ideas and a broader range of influences, artists and audiences who will connect with the company at Soho Theatre. Mirroring the collective spirit that sparked the early development of the company, nitroBEAT has appointed the following Associate Artists for the first exciting phase of the journey: award-winning playwright Oladipo Agboluaje, cutting edge producer and DJ Charlie Dark & leading British theatre director and Associate Director of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony Paulette Randall.
Current projects in development with Soho Theatre, The Barbican, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Southbank Centre include theatrical productions, a festival of new contemporary music-theatre, gigs, talks, artist development and learning experiences - all to be announced in the coming months.
"I'm thrilled and honoured to be leading the company into this new era of our residency at Soho Theatre. I relish the opportunity to work with our incredibly accomplished associate artists to establish nitroBEAT as a generator of ideas and inspiration. Culturally diverse artist's all too often face perceptions and expectations that are creatively restricting. nitroBEAT aims to rebel rather than represent and to excite through the unexpected and underexplored." Diane Morgan - Director, nitroBEAT.
"nitroBEAT is a unique and essential player in the theatrical landscape. Diane's vision is an inspiring one that offers people, across culture and experience, to find a way to turn their ideas into something real - working with some of the best in the business. We are delighted to be their new home." Steve Marmion - Artistic Director, Soho Theatre.
"As a father, musician and theatre practitioner my role will include shining a light on the underground visionaries from the next generation and developing new work that actively engages new and intergenerational audiences. As a dedicated practitioner of the philosophy of 'health is wealth' i'm interested in developing nitroBEAT projects that nourish the soul as well as entertaining the mind." Charlie Dark - Associate Artist, nitroBEAT.