“What this extraordinary, addictive live-streamed performance of Speak Bitterness did was to demonstrate conclusively that watching live theatre on the internet can be a hugely rewarding and different way of experiencing a show.” – Lyn Gardner

On October 18th 2014 we staged a live stream of Speak Bitterness at Hebbel-Am-Ufer, Berlin, 5 – 11pm GMT. Over 3800 of you tuned in from all over the world! A special thank you to our partners, the live audience and those of you who kept the conversation going on Twitter – an extraordinary experience that saw #FESPEAKLIVE trending at primetime on a Saturday evening. The Guardian also streamed the show on their website and Lyn Gardner live tweeted and wrote about our Twitter take over after the event. Read those articles below, as well as other articles from Tim Etchells and Chris Wiegand written in the days before the stream.



Guardian Articles: 

Tweet Bitterness: how Forced Entertainment took over Twitter
Lyn Gardner

Speak Bitterness: our catalogue of confessions
Tim Etchells

Join us for Forced Entertainment’s Speak Bitterness live stream
Chris Wiegand



Reactions Round up:

Speak Bitterness and why we became a cult for one night and it was great‘  – Jack Perkins, Blog

We fucking spectators‘ – Billy Barrett, Blog

Stream Bitterness‘ Jason Crouch, Blog

Sarah Wishart’s Speak Bitterness Storify


Facts & Figures:

The show was watched in 51 countries all over the world. Of the 3838 unique viewers, over 2000 people tuned in from the UK. Over 5.1million Twitter impressions were made that reached 320, 341 accounts.



Twitter comments:

In my imagination the world is beautiful and Is streamed all the time and everybody wants to always watch it.

“We. Pulled the pin. Out of a hand grenade. And held it. Tight” ends. Beautiful.

@ForcedEnts Thanks everso for Sheffield shoud be proud of you, I certainly am.

the internet finally made proper sense to me last night with -somehow calming and communal.