Kieran Hurley: Beats

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Kieran Hurley: Beats

Kieran Hurley presents his Platform 18 award-winning work, in which he explores the links between the early 1990s outlawing of illegal raves and the current government's criminalisation of protest movements through a mixture of traditional storytelling, experiments with audio equipment and techno ('lots of techno').

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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.” A coming-of-age story exploring rebellion, apathy and the irresistible power of gathered youth. Ages 14+.

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Interview: Kieran Hurley on the making of Beats

21 Mar 2012

Theate show set in rave era circa Criminal Justice Act of 1994

What was the inspiration for Beats? Is it autobiographical? No, unlike my previous monologue piece Hitch, which was autobiographical, Beats is all made up. It’s a story set against the backdrop of the tail end of the free party movement in the early…

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