Show and Tell presents


  • By Kieran Hurley
  • Mon 14 – Sat 26 October, 9pm (Saturday matinees 4.30pm)
  • Mon 14 & Tue 15, Sat matinees £15 (£12.50), Mon – Thu £17.50 (£15), Fri – Sat £20 (£17.50)

‘A tremendous piece of storytelling.’
★★★★ Guardian

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.

Best New Play at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2012 – Winner

The Arches Platform 18 Behaviour Award 2012 – Winner

The Stage Award for Best Solo Actor 2012 – Nominee

Written and performed by Kieran Hurley, with live DJ Hushpuppy (original mix by Johnny Whoop) plus live visuals by Jamie Wardrop.
Listen to tracks from the show in our Spotify playlist

This performance contains strobe lighting.
For ages 16+
Running time: Approx 60 minutes

‘A tremendous piece of storytelling that takes us back to 1994… One of the best shows of the Edinburgh Festival last year.’ ★★★★ Guardian

‘An outstanding show; clever, ruthless, compassionate and full of political insight. With a subtlety and humanity that takes the breath away.’ ★★★★ Scotsman

‘The most exhilarating, urgent response to the events of last summer (2011 summer riots) that I’ve ever seen. A must.’ ★★★★ Independent

‘An original, urgent piece of theatre.’ ★★★★ Telegraph

‘Well written, subtle and touching.’ ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

‘An impressive piece of storytelling and performance.’ ★★★★ Times

BEATS is theatre at its most vital and electrifying.’ ★★★★ Metro

‘Deceptively brilliant.’ ★★★★ Herald

‘A truly intelligent and magical performance.’ ★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News

‘Hurley delivers the performance with an eye-popping intensity. This is definitely as much for the dance music fans as the theatre ones.’ ★★★★ Time Out