Beats North

Beats North
Beats North

Company TSU in association with Curious Monkey present

Beats North

Is this a man’s world? Would it be nothing without a woman, or a girl…Or a power ballad?

Beats North explores the soundtrack to growing up through the eyes (and ears) of two northern lads who are still trying to figure it out.



*winner of the Northern Stage Title Pending Award 2013* 

*Lyn Gardner’s Hot Tickets for Edinburgh Fringe 2014 – The Guardian*

*Use of music is groundbreaking and fascinating – The Scotsman 2014*


Curious Monkey worked with Company TSU on Beats North, a double bill of new one man plays by Luke Barnes and Ishy Din, and featured Mariam Rezaei, directed by Amy Golding. Presented by a diverse team of emerging artists and originally developed with young men in Teesside, the piece engaged theatre and music audiences from different generations. The plays look at the way that we interact with music and how music is a soundtrack to our lives. The piece was explored through the eyes of two young northern men whose individual stories were seamlessly interwoven live on stage by Award winning scratch DJ Mariam Rezaei. The piece was made in the round.

Photos by Mark Slater

Autumn 2015 shows:

The Garage, Norwich

The Continental, Preston

Festival of Thrift, Darlington

Northern Stage, Newcastle

Jabberwocky Market, Darlington

Customs House, South Shields

Check out the project blog 


Beats North Tour Pack

Beats North Tech Rider

The Team

Writers – Luke Barnes and Ishy Din

Director – Amy Golding

Musical Director and performer – Mariam Rezaei

Jack – Tom Booth

Al – Afnan Prince / Assad Zaman

Producer –  Jen Dewar

Lighting Designer and Stage Manager – Simon Cole

Set Design – Holly Seager

Social Media – Grant Brydon

Graphic design – Jamie Wisdom

Dramaturg – Rosie Kellagher

In 2014… 

We premiered at the Paines Plough Roundabout at Summerhall as part of the Northern Stage Edinburgh programme.

In September we performed as part of Sunderland Stages at North Shore Academy.

In 2013…

With support from Arc Stockton Arts Centre, we ran a series of development workshops in July 2013 to explore the relationship between text and performer, audience and music.

With support from Fuel; Luke, Ishy, Amy and Jen attended an artists residency at Cove Park to work on script development in August.

Through the Title Pending Award, we worked at Northern Stage with support from the team there to develop the plays leading to a sharing at the end of two weeks in Septemeber and October 2013.

A work in progress of Beats North was shown at ARCADE’s scratch night at Arc Stockton Arts Centre on 20th November, and at the West Yorkshire Playhouses Plyground on the 5th December 2013.