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BEAT.

 
 

WRITTEN BY FIONNTÁN LARNEY | DIRECTED BY DOMINIC O’BRIEN

 
 
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BEAT.

If every time you leave the house you try to have the most fun you've ever had, how do you know when to go home? A new rap musical following two young men whose views on women, drugs, and each other collide and shatter. It's about "old friend" not meaning "good friend", "better person" not meaning "good person", "less misogynist" not meaning "not misogynist". Original music, light show, three performers who rap what they can't say. It’s gonna be a hell of a party.

BEAT. is a rap musical written by Fionntán Larney, and composed by Morgan Beausang, Isaac Jones and Fionntán Larney.

BEAT. premiered at Smock Alley Theatre on September 11, 2018 as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Following a sold-out critically acclaimed run , BEAT. transferred to the Samuel Beckett Theatre in May 2019 for a limited sold-out engagement.

 
Spry, Considered and sophisticated... Bring this Beat back
★★★★★
— Peter Crawley, The Irish Times
A pulsating score... delivered with explosive intensity
— Fiona Charleton, The Sunday Times
One of the finest shows of the festival
★★★★★
— Laura Marriott, The Review Hub
Extraordinarily well crafted... One of the most important shows of 2018
— Joanna Kelly, Meg
 

CAST

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Fionntán Larney

‘A’ / WRITER

Fionntán Larney is a writer and performer from Dublin and a recent graduate of The Lir Academy. BEAT. is his first show. It premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2018 and received 5 stars from the Irish Times before transferring to the Samuel Beckett Theatre this year for a sold-out run. He has been nominated for numerous awards including the Fishamble New Writing Award and the Stewart Parker Award. The album version of the show is on Spotify with over 35,000 streams to date.

As an actor he has performed in The Alternative (Fishamble), Travesty (The Corps Ensemble), The Lost O'Casey (ANU), The Metals (Una McKevitt/Dublin Theatre Festival) and The Playboy Of the Western World (Catriona McLaughlin/The Lir Academy)

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Harry Higgins

‘B’

Harry Higgins is from Dublin and has recently finished a degree in Law and Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. Harry has acted in, and written music for, productions in Players Theatre throughout college. Recent credits include Romeo & Juliet (Debut Festival 2017, directed by Benedict Esdale), BEAT. by Fionntán Larney (Dublin Fringe Festival 2018, directed by Dominic O'Brien) and Wild One by Dominic O'Brien (Players Theatre, directed by Dominic O'Brien).

Martha Breen

‘C’

Martha Breen is from Wicklow and is a recent graduate of The Lir Academy (2018). Before training Martha performed with Dublin Youth Theatre in Spring Awakening adapted by Stefanie Preissner & directed by Gyuri Vidovsky Dublin Theatre Festival 2015, and I've To Mind Her by Shaun Dunne & directed by Gary Keegan, Dublin Theatre Festival 2014. Recent credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream with Rough Magic Ensemble (Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018, directed by Lynne Parker, ITTA Best Ensemble winner), BEAT. by Fionntán Larney (Dublin Fringe Festival 2018, directed by Dominic O'Brien), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man adapted by Arthur Riordan with Rough Magic Ensemble (Dublin Theatre Festival & National Tour 2018, directed by Ronan Phelan), Dangerous Liaisons adapted by Will Dunleavy & Benedict Esdale (Scene & Heard Festival 2019, Smock Alley Theatre), Bread Not Profits by Mike Finn (Gúna Nua & Lime Tree Theatre as part of the Limerick Soviet Centenary, directed by Terry O'Donovan).

CREATIVES

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JACK FARRELL

PRODUCER

Jack Farrell is an independent theatre producer living in Dublin, Ireland. He is currently in his final year of History (BA) in Trinity College Dublin. His recent credits include BEAT. by Fionntán Larney (Samuel Beckett Theatre; Electric Picnic), Dangerous Liaisons by William Dunleavy and Benedict Esdale (Smock Alley Theatre), B(L)OOM by William Dunleavy (Pearse Centre), Passions by William Dunleavy and Benedict Esdale (Bewley’s Café Theatre), Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (O’Reilly Theatre).

Publicity and graphic design credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (TMT, O’Reilly Theatre), Oliver (DYMT, An Grianán Theatre), Wild One (Players Theatre).

Upcoming producing credits include: No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Revolt She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch (Samuel Beckett Theatre).

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JACK SHANLEY

STAGE MANAGER

NATASHA DUFFY

PRODUCTION MANAGER

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LARA GALLAGHER

SOUND ENGINEER

PHOTOS

Harry Higgins, Martha Breen and Fionntán Larney (2019)

Harry Higgins, Martha Breen and Fionntán Larney (2019)

Harry Higgins and Martha Breen (2019)

Harry Higgins and Martha Breen (2019)

Fionntán Larney and Martha Breen (2019)

Fionntán Larney and Martha Breen (2019)

Martha Breen (2019)

Martha Breen (2019)

Harry Higgins (2019)

Harry Higgins (2019)

Fionntán Larney and Dominic O’Brien (Rehearsals, 2019)

Fionntán Larney and Dominic O’Brien (Rehearsals, 2019)

Martha Breen (Rehearsals, 2019)

Martha Breen (Rehearsals, 2019)

 

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