An early 17th century play about incest that's being performed in Hive... what on earth am I going to witness this evening, were my thoughts as I, for the first time ever, soberly queued to go into the infamous nightclub. With warnings of strobe lighting, partial nudity, violence and drug use, there was a tangible sense of anticipation from the audience.

From the costumes (Katie May Anderson), which were grungy and sexy - and I'm pretty sure almost everyone was in a pair of Dr. Martens - to the sparse staging (Elsie Greenwood) of just two mattresses on the floor, the play's lasciviousness was almost palpable. The commitment to having the play performed at Hive was fantastic. The 'Tis Pity She's A Whore club stamp set the tone and there was no mistaking where you were. It was almost as though Hive was a silent character in the play, with your own memories of messy drunk nights out bubbling just below the surface, amplifying the illicit atmosphere encouraged by being in a nightclub out of hours.

The play was performed on the main dance floor, and seating was arranged down the sides and on the DJ platform. From the offset, it was high tempo and enthralling. The cast burst on to the floor, dancing wildly, snorting drugs and drinking. Ben Goldby (Grimaldi) was particularly provocative, and the audience were immediately thoroughly immersed in the action of the play.

The entire cast was exceptional, and they made 1600s English sound perfectly at home in the otherwise modern surroundings. Aside from the language, there was no way of knowing that this was a play written almost 400 years ago, as the themes of sexuality, illicit love and misogyny still feel very relevant. It was an incredible performance, and definitely a night at Hive that I didn't regret the next morning!

'Tis Pity She's A Whore runs at The Hive Nightclub until 11 February 2020.