Kieran Hurley: Beats (at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012)

The Arches in association with the Traverse Theatre Company

Kieran Hurley: Beats (at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012)

Tue 14 - Sun 26 Aug 2012 | 11pm | Preview (Tues 14th): £12/£6 | Sun–Thurs: £17/£12/£6 | Fri–Sat: £19/£14

** WINNER: Best New Play at the Critics Awards For Theatre In Scotland (CATS) **

Writer, director and performer Kieran Hurley takes his coming-of-age rave tale Beats to the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh from 14th – 26th August 2012 following his CATS Awards win for Best New Play.

Featuring a live soundtrack from Arches resident Johnny Whoop and psychedelic 90s-inspired visuals from VJ Jamie Wardrop, BEATS tells the story of Johnno McCreadie, a teenager 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”. Performed by Kieran Hurley and Johnny Whoop, this poignant performance is a vivid exploration of rebellion, hedonism and the irresistible power of gathered youth.

Beats was first performed earlier this year as part of the Arches’ BEHAVIOUR festival as one of two Platform 18 Award winners before going on to receive Best New Play at this year’s CATS ceremony, with Johnny Whoop nominated for Best Music & Sound.

“Deceptively brilliant.”
**** The Herald

“A tremendous piece of storytelling that takes us back to 1994.”
**** The Guardian

“An outstanding show; clever, ruthless, compassionate, and full of political insight… with a subtlety and humanity that sometimes takes the breath away.”
**** The Scotsman (Performance Of The Week)

N.B. This performance uses strobe lighting.