Show And Tell and The Arches present
Fri 2 - Sun 11 Aug 2013 | 10.20pm | £10.50 - £13.50
Kieran Hurley returns to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with his award-winning, critically acclaimed show BEATS – a coming-of-age tale of rebellion, apathy and the irresistible power of gathered youth.
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.”
Written and performed by Kieran Hurley – one of Scotland’s brightest young theatre talents – with DJ Hushpuppy (original mix by Johnny Whoop) and live visuals by Jamie Wardrop, BEATS is in turn hilarious, moving and deeply thought-provoking. With techno. Lots of techno.
Produced by Show And Tell with The Arches.
WINNER: Best New Play at Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) in 2012
WINNER: The Arches Platform 18 Award 2012
NOMINEE: Best Newcomer at The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2012
“A tremendous piece of storytelling that takes us back to 1994″
★★★★ The 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”
★★★★ The Independent
“Hurley delivers the performance with an eye-popping intensity”
★★★★ Time Out
“An original, urgent piece of theatre”
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The Herald
“Beats is theatre at its most vital and electrifying”
“A truly intelligent and magical performance”
★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”