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    Welcome to Black Bat Productions.

    Founded by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller 

     

    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!

     

     

    Follow us everywhere on @BlackBatUK.

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    comes to

    The Hope Theatre

    Islington, London

    16 April - 4 May 2024

    Tickets Now On Sale!

    Directed by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller and Phoebe Rowell John
    Written by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller
    Music by Aveeev Isaacson and Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller
     
    Produced by Bella Cavicchi and Cassia Thakkar
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    Longlisted for the BBC Writersoom's Popcorn Award for Best New Writing 

     

    In 1974 London, three musicians and their manager seal themselves inside an underground recording studio to complete an Americana album, unaware that materials in the walls are driving them to the brink of insanity. As artistic and social tensions flare, the atmosphere grows thornier, the music grows stranger, and Everglade Studio’s mixture of creativity and claustrophobia demands its pound of flesh.

     

     ★★★★★

    "An intelligently constructed masterpiece."

    - The Student 

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    In Everglade Studio

    at the Edinburgh Fringe

    ★★★★★

    "An intelligently constructed masterpiece."

    - The Student 


    ★★★★★

    "Fierce and intense."

    - Butterwort

     

    ★★★★

    "Tuneful, tense and entertaining... Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller’s most impressive piece to date.”

     

    "Fizzes with astute observation, a knowing eye for both social structure and the absurd; wry humour and downright nastiness. "

     

    “Black Bat have certainly got another hit on their hands.”

    - AllEdinburgh Theatre

     

     

    Some audience feedback:

    “Amazing.”

    “Terrific.”

    “Powerful.”

     

    “Intelligently constructed and delightfully dark, with some wonderful comic moments too.”

     

    “Thoroughly engaging show, featuring one of the best singing voices of the Fringe.”

     

    “The music was beautiful and the acting was phenomenal. Well-written and well performed. Would absolutely recommend!”

     

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    Longlisted for the BBC's Popcorn Award for New Writing 

     

    In 1974 London, three musicians and their manager seal themselves inside an underground recording studio to complete an Americana album, unaware that materials in the walls are driving them to the brink of insanity. As artistic and social tensions flare, the atmosphere grows thornier, the music grows stranger, and Everglade Studio’s mixture of creativity and claustrophobia demands its pound of flesh.

     

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    Black Bat Productions returns with this ferocious comedic thriller by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller, following multiple critically acclaimed Fringe runs (★★★★★ “Genius” - Broadway Baby, ★★★★★ “Fringe theatre does not get much better than this” - Violet Curtain).

    featuring original music

    by Aveev Isaacson and Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller

     

    Hear "Gone Flying" and four other barnstorming rock n' roll compositions in the show!

     

    "When Things Went South"

    "Give This City Girl A Chance"

    "September Waltz"

    & "The Man Selena Loved"

     

    Music composed by Aveev Isaacson

    Lyrics by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller

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    Press

    by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller

    Black Bat Productions' signature piece.


    ★★★★★ "Genius" - Broadway Baby

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

    It’s the big day. The announcement is in a few hours’ time, and film producers David and Kate anticipate their prestigious Civil War epic Catch Me Some Freedom will be nominated for plenty of Goldies. Until, however, they learn that the film’s heroic lead role, played by a white actor, was in real life actually Black. Fearing an intense and career-jeopardizing backlash, David and Kate frantically try to keep the film from getting any attention whatsoever.

     

    Press had a sold-out premiere run at the 2021 Edinburgh Fringe, described as “genius” with “a masterclass of a twist” (★★★★★ - Broadway Baby) and “a wonderful set-up” that “delivers in every manner” (★★★★★ - The Violet Curtain).  The play featured in the Old Red Lion's FreshFest 2022, has been staged at the OSO Arts Centre and Sands Film Studio, was re-staged at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2022, and returned to the Old Red Lion in 2023.

     

    Written & Directed by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller

     

    ★★★★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

     

    ★★★★ “Press belongs to Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller who is fantastic as the duplicitous David. Brimmer-Beller is a rising young talent" - LondonTheatre1

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    An award-winning character

    As part of Screenshot 2023, Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller developed a brand-new ten-minute monologue for David Fring, the lead character of Press, about his future endeavours founding The Nomineers.

     

    Nathaniel performed this monologue at the Royal Court for a panel of industry judges, including Olivia Colman, who remarked that Nathaniel is "a f**king great actor."

     

    Brimmer-Beller was awarded a Bursary Prize for his work, and The Nomineers has been discussed as a future televison series.

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    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."

     

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    Written & Directed by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller

    Starring Kaia Hickson and Alexandra Clare

     

     

     

     

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    The Kindness of Strangers

     

    Played at London's VAULT Festival - 21st & 23rd February 2023

    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.

     

     

     

     

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    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

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    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….

     

     

     
    Starring

    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

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  • Edinburgh Fringe 2021

    Black Bat Productions brought not one but two original plays

    Good as new!
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  • Further Projects

    We do a lot!

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    Turner & Turner

    "The readers would like to know, which Turner is which?"

    Radio Play

    Chicago, 1933. Two publishing giants are interviewed on their great legacy. But an age-old score has yet to be settled... A radio play by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller.

     

    Starring Ben Schofield, Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller, James Strahan, and Lucy Davidson. Produced by Lucy Evans, on FreshAir.org.uk. Originally aired 22 March 2017.

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    Evening Plans

    The small story of a big night.

    Short Film

    Nominated for Best Short Film in Official Competition at the Edinburgh International Film Festival's New Visions selection.

     

    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.

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    The Arbitrator

    A digital ensemble.

    Comedy Film

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

    A Black Bat comedy very much set in 2021.

  • Playing Favorites

    My guest tonight...

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    More than 50 episodes to discover.

    Available everywhere podcasts are found.

  • Theatre

    Original writing.

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    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."

     

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    Technicolor

    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

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    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 

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    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 

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    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

  • Press & Interviews

    We talk to the world!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Lady & The Blue Notes

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

    A little promotional material, for setting the scene.

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    Technicolor - Character Posters

    One for everyone.

    To evoke the feel of a real roll-out.

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    Mack The Knife - Character Posters

    No small parts.

    Drum up that team energy.

  • Trailers

    For friends and for fun.

    Closer

    January 2017.

    Play by Tidal Waif Productions.

    Trailer by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller.

    Frost/Nixon

    November 2016.

    Play by Peter Morgan.

    Trailer by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller.

  • Film

    Sometimes lights. Always camera. Usually action.

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    Completed

    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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