Welcome to Black Bat Productions.


    We make theatre that's original, fast-paced, stylish and more often than not, set in the past. The settings of our plays have so far traversed the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, allowing for memorable and creative soundtracks, visuals, and costume designs - yet the subject matter never loses sight of issues facing contemporary society every day. In playing with the past we aim to address the audience's present, while giving them a very good time and a piece of theatre that's just as innovative as it is enjoyable. So enjoy our site!

  • Get your tickets to our VAULT Festival dates!


    21st & 23rd February

    via the VAULT website here

    Black Bat Productions presents another biting satire of the contemporary entertainment world.

    An ambitious new production of A Streetcar Named Desire runs into calamitous trouble when the show’s mixed-race casting falls out of favour.

    ★★★★ "A mischievous sense of humour permeates this thoughtful play, with engaging performances from a committed cast." 

    - Chris Omawang, LondonTheatre1 - on the Canal Café Theatre run of ​The Kindness of Strangers, 2-4 Feb

    Following critically acclaimed runs of the Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show Press (★★★★★ “Genius” – Broadway Baby), and the premiere of the elegantly twisty new play Nines last year, writer Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller returns to the Canal Café Theatre with The Kindness of Strangers, a three-hander about what it takes to stay relevant in our modern theatre landscape.

    At a prestigious London theatre, the stage is set for an ambitious reimagining of Tennessee Williams’ classic A Streetcar Named Desire – rising star director Pierce Mitchell has dug into the racial undertones of the original to craft an incisive new vision. However, the theatre’s board have instructed Candie Woodley, the Artistic Director who made it all possible, to force Pierce in a new direction that better suits the topics they think audiences care about. Caught in the middle, Candie must enlist the help of her number-two, Lea Celeste, and concoct a solution at the last minute.


    Brimmer-Beller’s Streetcar-themed play premiered in 2022 as a double-bill with Press (★★★★★ “Fringe theatre does not get much better than this” – The Violet Curtain), and returns this year with more relevance than ever.



    Writer: Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller
    Directors: Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller & Michael Zwiauer
    Performers: Esmée Cook, Andrea Gatchalian, Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller

    Run Time: Approx. 55 Minutes

    Contains language and discussions of adult themes.





    Praise for Previous Work

    ★★★★★ “Genius... pleasurably wicked… it is a joy to spend an hour watching Press.” – Broadway Baby

    ★★★★★ “A wonderful set-up and it delivers in every manner… if you have any interest in the arts and the politics involved – then this is the one for you" - The Violet Curtain

    ★★★★½ “Quick paced, hilarious, laced with tongue in cheek political undertones and is thoroughly engaging from start to finish… some of the loudest laughs of this year’s Fringe.” – Theatre Scotland


    ★★★★★ “The most intelligent piece of theatre I have seen at the Fringe… I would give it more stars if I could... full of zingers, and far more quotable lines than I can put down here.” - EdFringe Review

    ★★★★★ “Captivating, shocking and brutal in its honesty… an utter triumph… a masterpiece of theatre that I wanted to go back and watch immediately after it was over.” - EdFringe Review


    ★★★★ “A masterclass in character development.” - The Violet Curtain

    ★★★★ ”Anyone who has seen one of their previous productions will recognise several of the elements on display – a noirish sheen, taut and snappy dialogue, a clever script with well engineered twists, an almost miraculous cool.” - AllEdinburgh Theatre

  • The real show happens behind the catwalk...

    Nines, a brand-new play from Black Bat Productions.

    We proudly premiered this twisty new show with the beloved Canal Café Theatre in November 2022.

    Backstage at an upscale fashion show in 1966, an ambitious young model begins to suspect her two stylists are hiding a scandalous secret….




    Amy Wallace as Penelope White

    Rosie Hart as Trace Marquand

    Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller as Nestor Howell


    Written by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller

    Produced by Maddy Chisholm-Scott

    Directed by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller & Michael Zwiauer

  • Edinburgh Fringe 2022

    Welcome back to Smack Wave.


    Press returned for a second year, with a reimagined cast and packed Pleasance audiences.
    When two film producers learn their prestigious, Oscar-bait Civil War movie cast a white actor in a role meant for a Black actor, they frantically try to avoid public scrutiny by any means necessary.


    This "comedic yet poignant" play played for 11 performances at the Pleasance Below, with actors Kaia Hickson and Alexandra Clare delivering "dynamic performances that are extremely relatable" during this "fresh, witty, and all too real" satire. 
    In her write up for Theatre Travels, Carly Fisher added "the standout though is Brimmer-Beller’s writing. He writes with a sense of naturalism and urgency that makes these characters authentic representations of professional women in our time," and further "it’s shows like this that make the fringe such a great place to come to see new work."




    Written & Directed by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller 
    Starring Kaia Hickson and Alexandra Clare 


    ★★★★★ "Genius" - Broadway Baby

    ★★★★★ "Fringe theatre does not get much better than this." - The Violet Curtain


    ★★★★½ "Some of the loudest laughs of this year’s Fringe.” - Theatre Scotland

    ★★★★ "A timely piece of satire if there ever was one.” - The Wee Review

    ★★★★ “Incisive and entertaining… contains as many genuine laughs as anything you will see this year” - AllEdinburgh Theatre

  • Edinburgh Fringe 2021

    Black Bat Productions brought not one but two original plays

    Good as new!
  • Further Projects

    We do a lot!

    The Kindness of Strangers

    Double-billed with Press at its premiere at the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes, this new play commissioned for the run flips and expands the volleying atmosphere and raucous tensions of Press into the world of the stage.


    After an internal scandal threatens a well-regarded theatre’s reputation, the building’s artistic director Candie Woodley attempts to convince star up-and-coming creative Pierce Mitchell to replace his ambitious reinterpretation of A Streetcar Named Desire with one better suited to the volatile situation - or so she thinks.


    Premiered to acclaim at the OSO in March 2022.

    "I enjoyed these two clever pieces as they explored just how far one can go with artistic license adn the responsibilities that come with that. Well acted by the cast." - Audience Review


    "The phenomenally gifted Brimmer-Beller also acted with great panache in both plays." - Audience Review

    Evening Plans

    The small story of a big night.

    Nora gets ready for a great party, for the first time in a year. Something we can all relate to. A monochrome project written, directed, filmed, and edited in January 2021.


    In Official Competition at the Edinburgh International Film Festival's New Visions selection!

    The Arbitrator

    A digital ensemble.

    "The most effective dramatic use of Zoom that I have seen"

    A brand-new Black Bat comedy.

  • Playing Favorites

    My guest tonight...

    More than 30 episodes, with more to come.

    Available everywhere podcasts are found.

  • Theatre

    Original writing.

    Chagos 1971

    Welcome to the dog days of empire.

    A comedic dark comedy about a very real event.


    Take a darkly funny trip into the dog days of Empire. In a Parliament building in April 1971, five government reps were tasked with a surreal mission: find a way to clear 2,000 indigenous people off an archipelago in the far corner of the Indian Ocean. What they decided is so grotesque you may not believe it, but this here is a true story. Written and directed by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller.


    Five-star, sold out run at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. Performed in London's Katzpace Theatre, September 2019, and as part of Bedlam Festival 2019, to a sold-out audience.




    "The most intelligent piece of theatre I have seen at the Fringe... I would give it more stars if I could."

    - Annabel Jackson, Edfringe Review



    "Captivating, shocking and brutal in its honesty... an utter triumph of theatre."

    - Hannah Goldswain, Edfringe Review



    "A show of unprecedented professionalism, delivered with clarity and sensitivity. Absolutely one to watch."

    "Theatrical wonderstuff."

    "A perfect mix of wit, politics, and satire."

    - Young Perspective



    "Pitch perfect satire in the Windrush scandal era."

    - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine



    - The Student


    Audience reviews:

    - "Really good, and funny... the writing was brilliant and the acting was great."

    - "Both hilarious and shocking... a thoroughly enjoyable play."

    - "An excellent play on a very interesting topic. The acting was phenomenal and the inter-character dynamics made the play immersive and engaging... Five stars, no doubt."



    The summer of love. With visitors.

    1967, New Mexico. In a tiny town during the Summer of Love, three FBI agents investigate uncanny local reports of strange, possibly extraterrestrial activity. Have they discovered something truly surreal? Black Bat Productions returns after the acclaimed ‘Mack The Knife’ with a brand new story full of psychedelic music, humour, twists, and style.



    "A freewheeling exercise in both nostalgia and modernity that is highly recommended."

    "Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller’s script and direction crackle with fun and an apparently effortless cool."

    "An object lesson in how a drama – even one with a science fiction theme – can take place in one room without losing anything in imagination or verve."

    "A remarkably enjoyable piece of theatre."

    - AllEdinburgh Theatre

    Mack The Knife

    Oh the shark has, pretty teeth dear, and he shows them, pearly white

    A pitch-black noir comedy. Premiered during Bedlam Festival, at Bedlam Theatre; January 25th-27th 2017.



    "Proves just how comprehensive the talent is under Bedlam’s roof”

    “It is fair to say that, had it not been revealed, the audience would have assumed that it were written by an individual much further into their career”

    “For a debut performance, Mack the Knife offered a great deal and shone a spotlight on the exciting future of Bedlam’s original writing”

    - The Student


    “a clever and applaudable conceit”

    - Edinburgh49 

    Mack The Knife - Fringe

    What kind of a name is Lady?

    The full-house Fringe run of Mack The Knife.



    - Edinburgh University TV


    "Brimmer-Beller’s direction is imaginative and expansive."

    "An accomplished piece of theatre."

    - AllEdinburgh Theatre 

    Arthur Savile's Crime

    Who would you kill if you knew you had to?

    Based on Oscar Wilde's Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, a new, Edinburgh-set update on the soothsayer intrigue, with plenty more comedy.


    Premiered at Bedlam Theatre; November 25th, 2015.



    “Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller’s play was a joyous romp through the world of dark comedy.”

    “Comic relief from the somewhat more intense scenes are a hallmark of the play and it is credit to Brimmer-Beller that he has managed within the tight constraints of a half an hour play to strike the balance brilliantly between high drama and raucous comedy.”

    “the script both pithy and the lines delivered well.”

    “Without reserve, Arthur Saville’s Crime was a thoroughly enjoyable play.”

    - The Student

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  • Press & Interviews

    We talk to the world!

    On Chagos 1971 with The Student

    22 August, 2019

    “‘Some may come for the comedy and find matters of interest in the political detail; others might come to hear more about this obscure yet vital story and stay for the humour.”’


    Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller, writer and director, promises a spiking witty and epically political piece of theatre in this interview on his Fringe show Chagos 1971.


    Available here.

    On ​Chagos 1971 with University of Edinburgh Festivals Office

    2 August, 2019

    "Following shows such as Mack The Knife in 2017 and last year's Technicolor, Black Bat Productions are back at the Festival Fringe with a new show. Chagos 1971 is a biting political comedy surrounding an unbelievable decision made in the Foreign Office in April 1971. Written and directed by recently graduated student Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller, and starring University students past and present, the show will be performed throughout August at the ZOO Playground in the University's High School Yards. We spoke to Nathaniel about his latest production."


    Available here.

    On ​Chagos 1971 with FreshAir Radio 

    15 August, 2019

    "Fresh Fringe's Jelena Sofronijevic sits down with Black Bat Productions' Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller (writer/director, Chagos 1971), Sophie Boyle (Gretchen Specter), and Michael Zwiauer (Sir Bruce Greatbatch)."


    Available here.

    On ​Technicolor with University of Edinburgh Festivals Office

    8 August, 2018

    "Nathaniel Brimmer -Beller is about to enter his 4th year as a student of International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. He founded Black Bat Productions in 2016 when he put on Mack The Knife at Bedlam Theatre and since then some fabulous people with unique talents and insights have come aboard to create a well-oiled team who are producing great works."


    Available here.

  • Posters

    Made special, by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller.

    Mack The Knife

    Original design.

    Some Gilda, some Touch of Evil, some influence from jazz records of yesteryear. Available in monochrome, sepia (above), and hazy blue.

    Lady & The Blue Notes

    A take on Lee Morgan's "Lee-Way."

    A little promotional material, for setting the scene.

    Technicolor - Character Posters

    One for everyone.

    To evoke the feel of a real roll-out.

    Mack The Knife - Character Posters

    No small parts.

    Drum up that team energy.

  • Trailers

    For friends and for fun.


    January 2017.

    Play by Tidal Waif Productions.

    Trailer by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller.


    November 2016.

    Play by Peter Morgan.

    Trailer by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller.

  • Film

    Sometimes lights. Always camera. Usually action.


    Finished & out there.

    • The Arbitrator (2021)
    • Evening Plans (2021)
    • The Teenagers (2018)
    • Ah, Hi There (2016)
    • Four Jews (2015)
    • Uniform (2014)
    • Happy Birthday (2014)
    • 'I Love You' (2014)
    • Everyday Afternoon Coffee (2013)


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