Rave culture revisited in stage show with techno beats

Kieran Hurley performs BEATS
Kieran Hurley performs BEATS
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Beats, Crucible Studio

This coming-of-age story explores rebellion, apathy and the irresistible power of gathered youth.

With techno. Lots of techno.

Following its sell-out run at the Traverse Theatre during last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Kieran Hurley’s exhilarating show tells the story of Johnno McCreadie.

He is 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”.

The story focuses on the events that lead up to, and the subsequent fall-out from, Johnno’s attendance of an illegal rave which is shut 
down in the early hours by riot police.

Kieran Hurley has written the show and performs it with live DJ Alan Miller aka DJ Hushpuppy on the decks (with an original mix by Johnny Whoop), and live, lurid nightclub visuals provided by Jamie Wardrop.

Hurley’s monologue is narrated by several wildly differing characters to the background of a thumping mid-90s rave soundtrack.

Kieran Hurley is one of Scotland’s brightest young theatre talents. He is an award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker based in Glasgow whose work has been presented both internationally and throughout the UK. He is currently on a year-long attachment with the National Theatre of Scotland as recipient of the Pearson Playwrights’ Scheme bursary. His recent works include Chalk Farm and Hitch.

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