BEATS by Kieran Hurley

BEATS is a coming-of-age story exploring rebellion, apathy and the irresistible power of gathered youth. With techno. Lots of techno. Following two sell-out Edinburgh Festival runs at the Traverse Theatre (2012) and Pleasance (2013), Kieran Hurley’s astonishing, award-winning play heads out on a national tour.

BEATS tells the story of Johnno McCreadie, a teenage living in a small suburban Scottish town at the time of the 1994 Criminal Justice Act – a new piece of legislation which effectively outlawed raves, or “public gatherings around amplified music characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats.”

Best New Play at Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) 2012 – Winner
Best Newcomer at The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2012 – Nominee
The Arches Platform 18 Award 2012 – Winner

Written and performed by Kieran Hurley – one of Scotland’s brightest young theatre talents – with live DJ Hushpuppy (original mix by Johnny Whoop) and live visuals by Jamie Wardrop.
Produced by Show And Tell with The Arches.


‘A tremendous piece of storytelling that takes us back to 1994… One of the best shows of the Edinburgh Festival last year’
The Guardian

‘An impressive piece of storytelling’
The Times

‘Kieran Hurley is a gawky spellbinder’
Sunday Times

‘An outstanding show; clever, ruthless, compassionate, full of political insight… with a subtlety, humanity that takes the breath away’
The Scotsman

‘The most exhilarating, urgent response to the events of last summer (2011 UK riots) that Ive ever seen. A must’
The Independent

‘Hurley delivers the performance with an eye-popping intensity’
Time Out

‘An original, urgent piece of theatre’
The Telegraph

‘Deceptively brilliant’
The Herald

‘Beats is theatre at its most vital and electrifying’

‘A truly intelligent and magical performance’
Edinburgh Evening News

‘This is immersive storytelling of a rare variety and is genuinely fascinating’
What’s On Stage

‘A pitch-perfect period piece’
Fest Mag

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Dates / Venues

OCT 14 – 26; Soho Theatre, LONDON – Dates Passed
NOV 16; Contact, MANCHESTER – Date Passed
NOV 20; South Street Arts, READING – Date Passed
NOV 21; Theatre Royal, WINCHESTER – Date Passed
NOV 22; The Old Market, BRIGHTON (plus post-show club night) – Date Passed
NOV 23; The Old Market, BRIGHTON (plus post-show club night) – Date Passed
NOV 26; The Albany, DEPTFORD – Date Passed
NOV 27; The North Wall, OXFORD – Date Passed
NOV 28; The ARC, STOCKTON – Date Passed
NOV 29; Live Theatre, NEWCASTLE – Date Passed
NOV 30; Live Theatre, NEWCASTLE – Date Passed
DEC 4; Crucible Theatre, SHEFFIELD – Date Passed
DEC 5; Warwick Arts Centre, COVENTRY – Date Passed
DEC 6; Warwick Arts Centre, COVENTRY – Date Passed

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