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A future-theatre lounge

23 June 2016


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Scratch theatre meets Def Poetry Jam meets music lounge… with a side order of comedy

Dates

23 June

Time

7pm

Venue

Soho Theatre
21 Dean Street
London
W1D 3NE

Tickets

£7
Book tickets / 020 7478 0100
16+


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Multi-talented performers amplify six of the most provocative theatrical, lyrical and award-winning voices in London today.

nitroBEAT bites

 A FUTURE-THEATRE-LOUNGE

Scroll down for videos, biogs & pics. Check out the assistant producer's review here

Renaissance man Benji Reid directs ten-minute ‘bites’ of new writing, served with a live soundtrack by DJ Psykhomantus - presented by comedian Athena Kugblenu in Soho Theatre’s basement cabaret space.

Writers - Amy Ng, Caleb Femi, Femi Martin, Paul Cree, Segun Lee French & Titilola Dawudu

“It’s not often you witness a short story reading with as much rhythm and passion as a poem.” Litro TV (on Femi Martin).

“His storytelling was thoroughly engaging, layered with experience and iced with wit. I was hungry for more.” Broadway Baby (on Paul Cree)

“An artist whose work will remain relevant in years to come.” Rooted In Magazine (on Caleb Femi).

Director - Benji Reid

Music Director - DJ Psykhomantus

Host - Athena Kugblenu

“The use of physical motions and interactions gives a freedom and intimacy that is breathtaking.” The Good Review (on Benji Reid)

“A politically-aware stand up and writer…conscious, confident and cool” The Stand Up Picture Show (on Athena Kugblenu).

“nitroBEAT bites - But only when provoked”

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•Videos

Children of the ‘Narm explores assimilation, memories and the displacement of African residents in Peckham, London.

Shoes tells the story of Kiku, who is desperately fighting to keep America out of her home and her inner sanctum of beauty and purity.

Womb, God, Mother Earth or Allah, whoever she is to you, she’s more than a little pissed off and she’s threatening to leave us to it.

Creatine is friends sitting around talking about all the things they think they know everything about and hoping that they don't get found out.

Nia has just told her younger sister the news. Two sisters try to prepare for the thing we can be most sure of, and yet find the hardest to talk about.

King performs at weddings and working men’s clubs. But he has a secret. He is really US jazz singer Jimmy Scott trapped in a body of a Mancunian.

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•Profiles

Founder of the rap music video web series 'VisionBombing', DJ, turntablist, UK DMC Champion and former member of the DJ/Turntablist crew A Few Good Men, Psykhomanus has entertained at comedy clubs and spoken word events as well as festivals - supporting artists from the likes of Omar, Grandmaster Flash, Courtney Pine, Kurtis Blow, Furious 5, Soweto Kinch, Gza (Wu-Tang Clan), Slum Village and The Pharcyde.

Psykhomantus has been working as a musical director since 2003 and live on stage in theatre, including Kwesi Johnson’s 2006 Hip Hop theatre hit show 'A Hiphopstory' and Jonzi D’s Open Art Surgery' and 'Freesyle Funk Forum' by Breakin' Convention. Psykhomantus is passionate about taking turntablism into theatre and his 2013 project, 'Drunken Juggles: The Eight Drunken Immortals Technique' was performed at Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre.

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Benji Reid is an award-wining visual theatre director who has been the recipient of the Nesta Dreamtime award, runner up for Art05 Award and a recipient of the Welcome Trust award for exploring the relationship between physical theatre and sports. After pioneering Hip Hop theatre, Benji has moved towards physical and visual theatre, working on numerous solo and ensemble pieces, he has built up a long list of critically acclaimed productions.

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A 2015 BBC New Comedy Award Finalist, Athena is a comedian, MC and writer with intelligent, thought-provoking jokes that still have an edgy sting. After only her 8th gig, she was invited to Edinburgh to perform for the ‘So You Think You're Funny' competition and has been entertaining audiences all over the UK ever since.

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A graduate of the Royal Court Theatre’s Critical Mass writers’ programme and the British East Asian Theatre writing group supported by the Young Vic, and currently part of Tamasha Writers, Amy is passionate about creating strong, complex East Asian characters and reflecting the cultural diversity of contemporary Britain on stage. Ultimately, she aims to build an East Asian theatre audience through reflecting the East Asian experience in her plays. Amy is also a historian with a research interest in multinational empires, imperial decline, and nationality conflict, and the author of ‘Nationalism and Political Liberty’ (Oxford University Press). ‘Shangri-La’, a satire on western travellers seeking thrills, authenticity and enlightenment in Tibet, was developed at the Tricycle Theatre, and will premiere at the Finborough Theatre 12 July - 6 August 2016.

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Caleb Femi is a poet, English teacher and a member of the SXWKS collective. Recently, Caleb has exhibited two cross-arts show 'Still Dreaming' at the Edinburgh Fringe and 'There Is A Place' at the Camden People's Theatre. His works are often described as vivid and honestly delivered with an essence of musicality.

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Femi Martin is a writer and performer from London and was named one of Speaking Volumes' 'Forty Stars of Black British Literature'. The Achalasia Diaries, a programme about her life and career, aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2015; and in 2016 Femi joined the presenting team of the BBC Radio 4 podcast Seriously. She is developing her solo theatre show, How to Die of a Broken Heart, with support from Battersea Arts Centre and Talawa Theatre Company.

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Segun has worked as a singer, poet, composer, playwright, film-maker & club promoter. As singer for triphop band, Earthling, he toured across Europe, performing on MTV, BBC1, VH1 & Canal 5. As a poet & playwright, Segun's work has been commissioned for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Manchester. Segun's debut solo show, Bro 9 at Contact Theatre, won Best Fringe Performer & Best Design in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2003. Segun has been nominated for the Arts Foundation Performance Poetry award and his first poetry collection, Praise Songs for Aliens, was published in 2009. His most recent play “Palm Wine & Stout” was featured on Radio 4 Midweek and toured the UK in 2014.

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Titilola is a Nigerian-born, British writer-producer. Her work at Croydon youth charity, Reaching Higher, has seen her write and produce plays and musical theatre productions for young people and she also runs Play Your Part, a drama workshop. She has written for the Bush Theatre, for writer Ishy Din's Taxi Tales with Tamasha Theatre and has been commissioned by Plymouth-based theatre company, Beyond Face. She recently won the Student Guide to Playwriting Award for her play Down Hair, which will be performed this August. As part of this award, she will be writing a piece for London Writers Week, to be published by Oberon Books.

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Paul Cree is a writer and performer who has performed his work at festivals and venues such as Latitude, Bestival, Edinburgh Fringe, Ronnie Scott’s, Tate Britain, Roundhouse and Battersea Arts Centre. In 2013, he wrote and performed his first solo show ‘A Tale From The Bedsit’ and in 2015 he co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed No Milk For The Foxes at Camden People’s Theatre. He also released a collection of audio stories entitled The 90 Sick E.P.  He is currently working on a new storytelling project entitled the C/D Borderline.

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Adelle studied at Italia Conti Academy Of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include In The Night Time (The Gate), Tipping the Velvet, (Lyric Hammersmith), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre), A Stab in the Dark, (Secret Theatre Company). Television includes Ordinary Lies (BBC), DCI Banks (ITV) and Shameless (Channel 4).

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Eric studied at The BRIT School and trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include A Taste of Honey and The Amen Corner (National Theatre), Choir Boy (Royal Court) and The Sluts Of Sutton Drive (Finborough Theatre). Film includes Irish Dream Team and Night Of The Lotus. Television includes Humans (Channel 4) and Lucky Man (Sky).

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Mariam studied at Bristol University an trained at Drama Studio London. Theatre credits include Diana of Dobsons (New Vic), Dara (National Theatre), Twelve (Kali Theatre), Roundabout/Bush Bazaar (Bush Theatre), Leon and the Place Between (The Unicorn) and The House of Bilquis Bibi (Hampstead Theatre). Television includes Black Mirror (Channel 4) and Doctors (BBC).

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Simon studied at Edinburgh University and trained at LAMDA. Theatre credits include Visitors (Up In Arms/Arcola), Epsom Downs (Salisbury Playhouse), Government Inspector (Young Vic), The Odyssey, Hamlet, The Seagull, Round 2 (The Factory), Vanity Fair, The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh). Film includes Madam Bovary and Anna Karenina. Television includes Silent Witness and The Bill.

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Founder of the rap music video web series 'VisionBombing', DJ, turntablist, UK DMC Champion and former member of the DJ/Turntablist crew A Few Good Men, Psykhomanus has entertained at comedy clubs and spoken word events as well as festivals - supporting artists from the likes of Omar, Grandmaster Flash, Courtney Pine, Kurtis Blow, Furious 5, Soweto Kinch, Gza (Wu-Tang Clan), Slum Village and The Pharcyde.

Psykhomantus has been working as a musical director since 2003 and live on stage in theatre, including Kwesi Johnson’s 2006 Hip Hop theatre hit show 'A Hiphopstory' and Jonzi D’s Open Art Surgery' and 'Freesyle Funk Forum' by Breakin' Convention. Psykhomantus is passionate about taking turntablism into theatre and his 2013 project, 'Drunken Juggles: The Eight Drunken Immortals Technique' was performed at Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre.

close

Benji Reid is an award-wining visual theatre director who has been the recipient of the Nesta Dreamtime award, runner up for Art05 Award and a recipient of the Welcome Trust award for exploring the relationship between physical theatre and sports. After pioneering Hip Hop theatre, Benji has moved towards physical and visual theatre, working on numerous solo and ensemble pieces, he has built up a long list of critically acclaimed productions.

close

A 2015 BBC New Comedy Award Finalist, Athena is a comedian, MC and writer with intelligent, thought-provoking jokes that still have an edgy sting. After only her 8th gig, she was invited to Edinburgh to perform for the ‘So You Think You're Funny' competition and has been entertaining audiences all over the UK ever since.

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A graduate of the Royal Court Theatre’s Critical Mass writers’ programme and the British East Asian Theatre writing group supported by the Young Vic, and currently part of Tamasha Writers, Amy is passionate about creating strong, complex East Asian characters and reflecting the cultural diversity of contemporary Britain on stage. Ultimately, she aims to build an East Asian theatre audience through reflecting the East Asian experience in her plays. Amy is also a historian with a research interest in multinational empires, imperial decline, and nationality conflict, and the author of ‘Nationalism and Political Liberty’ (Oxford University Press). ‘Shangri-La’, a satire on western travellers seeking thrills, authenticity and enlightenment in Tibet, was developed at the Tricycle Theatre, and will premiere at the Finborough Theatre 12 July - 6 August 2016.

close

Caleb Femi is a poet, English teacher and a member of the SXWKS collective. Recently, Caleb has exhibited two cross-arts show 'Still Dreaming' at the Edinburgh Fringe and 'There Is A Place' at the Camden People's Theatre. His works are often described as vivid and honestly delivered with an essence of musicality.

close

Femi Martin is a writer and performer from London and was named one of Speaking Volumes' 'Forty Stars of Black British Literature'. The Achalasia Diaries, a programme about her life and career, aired on BBC Radio 4 in 2015; and in 2016 Femi joined the presenting team of the BBC Radio 4 podcast Seriously. She is developing her solo theatre show, How to Die of a Broken Heart, with support from Battersea Arts Centre and Talawa Theatre Company.

close

Segun has worked as a singer, poet, composer, playwright, film-maker & club promoter. As singer for triphop band, Earthling, he toured across Europe, performing on MTV, BBC1, VH1 & Canal 5. As a poet & playwright, Segun's work has been commissioned for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Manchester. Segun's debut solo show, Bro 9 at Contact Theatre, won Best Fringe Performer & Best Design in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards 2003. Segun has been nominated for the Arts Foundation Performance Poetry award and his first poetry collection, Praise Songs for Aliens, was published in 2009. His most recent play “Palm Wine & Stout” was featured on Radio 4 Midweek and toured the UK in 2014.

close

Titilola is a Nigerian-born, British writer-producer. Her work at Croydon youth charity, Reaching Higher, has seen her write and produce plays and musical theatre productions for young people and she also runs Play Your Part, a drama workshop. She has written for the Bush Theatre, for writer Ishy Din's Taxi Tales with Tamasha Theatre and has been commissioned by Plymouth-based theatre company, Beyond Face. She recently won the Student Guide to Playwriting Award for her play Down Hair, which will be performed this August. As part of this award, she will be writing a piece for London Writers Week, to be published by Oberon Books.

close

Paul Cree is a writer and performer who has performed his work at festivals and venues such as Latitude, Bestival, Edinburgh Fringe, Ronnie Scott’s, Tate Britain, Roundhouse and Battersea Arts Centre. In 2013, he wrote and performed his first solo show ‘A Tale From The Bedsit’ and in 2015 he co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed No Milk For The Foxes at Camden People’s Theatre. He also released a collection of audio stories entitled The 90 Sick E.P.  He is currently working on a new storytelling project entitled the C/D Borderline.

close

Adelle studied at Italia Conti Academy Of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include In The Night Time (The Gate), Tipping the Velvet, (Lyric Hammersmith), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre), A Stab in the Dark, (Secret Theatre Company). Television includes Ordinary Lies (BBC), DCI Banks (ITV) and Shameless (Channel 4).

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Eric studied at The BRIT School and trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include A Taste of Honey and The Amen Corner (National Theatre), Choir Boy (Royal Court) and The Sluts Of Sutton Drive (Finborough Theatre). Film includes Irish Dream Team and Night Of The Lotus. Television includes Humans (Channel 4) and Lucky Man (Sky).

close

Mariam studied at Bristol University an trained at Drama Studio London. Theatre credits include Diana of Dobsons (New Vic), Dara (National Theatre), Twelve (Kali Theatre), Roundabout/Bush Bazaar (Bush Theatre), Leon and the Place Between (The Unicorn) and The House of Bilquis Bibi (Hampstead Theatre). Television includes Black Mirror (Channel 4) and Doctors (BBC).

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Simon studied at Edinburgh University and trained at LAMDA. Theatre credits include Visitors (Up In Arms/Arcola), Epsom Downs (Salisbury Playhouse), Government Inspector (Young Vic), The Odyssey, Hamlet, The Seagull, Round 2 (The Factory), Vanity Fair, The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh). Film includes Madam Bovary and Anna Karenina. Television includes Silent Witness and The Bill.

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Directions

Getting to Soho Theatre
21 Dean Street
London
W1D 3NE

By Tube:

Northern Line: Leicester Square & Tottenham Court Road
Victoria & Bakerloo Lines: Oxford Circus
Central Line: Tottenham Court Road or Oxford Circus
Piccadilly Line: Leicester Square & Piccadilly Circus

By bus:

1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 38, 55, 73, 88, 94, 98, 139, 159, 176, 390, 453

These are the nearest bus stops:
Oxford Street: 7, 8, 10, 25, 55, 73, 98, 176
Shaftesbury Avenue: 14, 19, 38
Regent’s Street: 3, 6, 12, 13, 15, 23, 53, 88
Charing Cross Road: 14, 29, 176

By bike:

If you use a public bicycle there are docking stations on Wardour Street, Soho Square, Broadwick Street and Great Marlborough Street.