"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."
"Kieran Hurley is an award-winning writer, performer, and theatre maker based in Glasgow whose work has been presented internationally and throughout the UK. His monologue Beats was developed with the Arches Platform 18 Award and was awarded Best New Play at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) before being presented at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe. Other recent work includes: Hitch (Arches, Forest Fringe, CATS Best New Play nominee); Chalk Farm co-written with AJ Taudevin (Oran Mor, Thickskin); Rantin (National Theatre of Scotland/The Arches); and a number of short mini-plays including London 2012: Glasgow (Theatre Uncut) and Belcoo (Royal Court, Open Court Festival). Kieran is currently writer in residence with the National Theatre of Scotland as recipient of the Pearson Playwrights' Scheme bursary."