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”.

Beats is a coming-of-age story exploring rebellion, apathy and the irresistible power of gathered youth. With techno. Lots of techno.

Following sell-out runs at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre and London’s Bush and Soho theatres, Kieran Hurley’s astonishing mix of intricate, well-observed storytelling and exhilarating music and visuals, breaks out on tour.

Best New Play at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2012 – Winner
The Stage Award for Best Solo Actor 2012 – Nominee


BEATS is theatre at its most vital and electrifying.