Theatre (music, comedy)

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  • Pleasance Dome - QueenDome
  • 14:30
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: SiT Productions, Ki M'aime Me Suive and Scènes Plurielles
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains distressing themes and strobe lighting.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Alfie lives with his little brother, Hugo, Mum and George. Alfie is not like the other kids, but that's only a problem for other people: his irritated parents, the bullying classmates and the exasperated teachers. Alfie doesn't care as long as he can play his drums. He turns his everyday routine into a life bursting with wonder and music. The funny and moving story of an extraordinary mind gone rogue. The Molière Award-nominated smash-hit show premieres in the UK. ***** (Le Parisien).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Main queue inside Dome at left of building. 5 steps up to the space or Level access to left of venue — ask staff for assistance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 19 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)

Show does not feature:

  • Distinctive smells
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

J Seddon 109 days ago

I loved this show. The drumming was absolutely amazing and the story was so touching and well acted. It has stayed with me, in my heart, over the past days. It is a real gem.

Monty C 112 days ago

The best thing I have seen at the Fringe so far.

An absolutely incredible one-man show incorporating a passion for drums and music into a touching story. Beautiful acting, beautiful music - a must see for all music lovers.

Julie Phillips 116 days ago

I gave it 4* out of 5*. Entertaining but I’ve seen better

Ken Speed 121 days ago

We saw this by chance waiting for a later show. So glad we did. Fantastic performance by Daniel Bellus, who never sent out of character. What a tour de force.This needs to be seen beyond the fringe.
If you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, you’re well on the way to understanding this.

Watch our for this young actor. There’s a real talent there and great drumming too!

Well done!!!

Helen Pain 122 days ago

A well acted, crafted and poignant show, with some of the best drumming I've seen for years. Thoroughly recommend people to see this!

Sky Barratt 124 days ago

Absolutely incredible. A really captivating storyline starring an amazing actor and drummer! Would really recommend!!

Catherine Chivers 125 days ago

Brilliant! Just loved this show! Such a talented actor and drummer- congratulations.

Kathy Wellman 126 days ago

I am genuinely unsure how to feel about this show overall.

I came in not knowing much about the show, and was instantly blown away by the skill of the actor on the drums. It was one of those moments where you see someone make something difficult look effortless, and I probably could have spent the full show just watching him play quite happily.

The story started well, but meandered a bit too much in the middle - it felt like 15 minutes could very easily have been cut. I was also very let down by the ending - the very best parts of the show are when the drums are incorporated, and trying to build up the suspense without using them came across as very anti-climactic. It felt like an amazing ending was almost there, if only percussion had been used to ramp up the tension to an explosive finale - but instead ended with a bit of a wet whimper.

The show still had moments of brilliance, and I'm glad I went to see it for those, but overall left me feeling unsatisfied.

Kathleen Noonan 132 days ago

I have a new found respect for drummers who must be able to co-ordinate/control each foot and foot to all do something different at the same time.
The show had great drumming and showed off this young mans skills. Unfortunately the story didn't quite hold me but even so I was sorry that due to a late start I had to leave before the end and may have missed a critical part.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

There is something so obviously primal about the drums, basic in form, driven by pulse and rhythm, mimicking the steady thrum of our heart beat itself. So when teenage Alfie (Daniel Bellus) announces at the beginning of one-man play, Beat, that ‘it was the drums that chose me,’ it is...

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 113 days ago

The show raises important issues that need facing as music and arts needs to be given recognition. Equally it showed just how talented the actor and musician was at acting, drama, music and performing the drums. Imagine if that talent had not been explored, he had not learnt the drums and there was no show today, what a loss that would be. A wonderful performance.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

Beat is the story of young, very naïve Alfie who discovers the percussionist in himself and works to develop his talent, opportunities and instruments. His many hurdles (his bullying fellow students, teachers, mother, stepfather George, brother Hugo and tightly laced neighbours) fuel the fire within him and engulf him. He...

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

The drummer is always the crazy one. This show takes that idea and runs like mad. One boy's rapture with drumming is explained almost as a lesson for us. He is an exceptional performer, timing his story to win many laughs and impressing with his music.

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 124 days ago

Tender, foot-tapping, punch-packing energy - it’s not one to miss....

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 124 days ago

Beat’s original format combined toe-tapping music with the serious subject of mental health....

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The List (4/5 stars) 129 days ago

How to find yourself through drumming...

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