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Beats Kieran Hurley

Beats By Kieran Hurley

Beats by Kieran Hurley

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Inspired by the birth of rave culture in the 1990s and its subsequent demonization, Beats uses immersive storytelling to explore contemporary society.

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Beats by Kieran Hurley

In 1994 the Criminal Justice Act effectively outlawed raves, banning public gatherings around amplified music characterised by ‘the emission of a succession of repetitive beats.’Featuring a soundtrack from a live DJ and psychedelic 90s-inspired visuals, Beats tells the story of Johnno McCreadie, a teenager living in a small suburban Scottish town at the time of the Act. Beats is an award-winning new play by Kieran Hurley; a coming-of-age story exploring rebellion, apathy, and the irresistible power of gathered youth. Beats was the winner of Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland, as well as the winner of The Arches Platform 18 Behaviour Award 2012.

Beats Reviews

A tremendous piece of storytelling that takes us back to 1994 * Guardian *
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 I've ever seen. A must. * Independent *
Hurley delivers the performance with an eye-popping intensity * Time Out *
An original, urgent piece of theatre * Telegraph *
Deceptively brilliant * The Herald *
Beats is theatre at its most vital and electrifying * Metro *
A truly intelligent and magical performance * Edinburgh Evening News *

About Kieran Hurley

Kieran Hurley is an award-winning writer, performer, and theatre maker based in Glasgow whose work has been presented internationally and throughout the U.K. Theatre includes Rantin (National Theatre of Scotland/ The Arches), Beats (The Arches), Hitch (The Arches), Chalk Farm co-written with AJ Taudevin (Oran Mor, ThickSkin). Other theatre includes The Jean Jacques Rousseau Show as co-writer (Oran Mor), Demons as co-writer (Oran Mor), London 2012: Glasgow (Theatre Uncut). At the time of print, Kieran is currently playwright in residence with the National Theatre of Scotland as recipient of the Pearson Playwrights’ Scheme bursary.

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Beats by Kieran Hurley
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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