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Frantic Assembly

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Martha Overeynder

on 6 November 2013

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Transcript of Frantic Assembly

What is Frantic Assembly?
Workshops
Their rehearsal process is often short and flexible. Frantic rehearse in an intense five/six week block. Scott and Steven freely admit to being unable to sustain the interest or concentration levels if rehearsals stretched on for much longer.
Productions
Winner of the Wolff Whiting Award 2008. Nominated for Best Touring Production at the TMA Theatre Awards 2008. Stockholm united Frantic Assembly with award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery (Frozen) and designer Laura Hopkins (Black Watch) to deliver an extraordinary perspective on the nature of modern love.
Their most recent production was Lovesong which you can now watch on the Digital Theatre site.
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01jykzy
Background and Influences
Frantic Assembly are dedicated to their education work. At the moment it falls in these two categories. But, they believe that they are constantly learning.
Learn which covers all aspects of our interaction with schools, colleges and academic establishment .
Train which the company provides for members of the public and professionals seeking development.
Physical Theatre
This work is rooted in the way the company was formed. After unexpected and almost accidental exposure to physical theatre as university students, Scott and Steven were suddenly completely enthused by this performance style. After watching a physical theatre production of Savages by Christopher Hampton they set out to attend as many workshops as we could and immediately brought these skills back to their drama society hoping to steer it away from flat pack presentations of Checkhov, Ibsen and Ayckbourn.
More about Frantic
Having toured extensively throughout the UK, Frantic Assembly has built a desirable reputation as one of the most exciting theatre companies in the country. The company has also performed, created and collaborated in 30 different countries across the world, including Taiwan and Italy.



In addition to its productions, Frantic Assembly operates an extensive Learn & Train programme introducing 6,000 participants a year to the company's process of creating theatre, in a wide variety of settings. Frantic Assembly also delivers Ignition, an innovative vocational training project for young men, particularly targeting those with little previous experience of the arts.
Established 1994
Frantic Assembly
Music
Music is a massive inspiration for Frantic Assembly. Scott writes “We have it in our heads all the time and we use it in rehearsals at every stage. We cannot understand the type of rehearsal where the music only arrives in the tech week.”
They believe that it is integral to how they understand and communicate their style of theatre. It is a very present collaborator throughout their rehearsal process.

10 second object
Teams of 3 and 4
you have 10 seconds to make an object.
after 10 seconds you MUST freeze!
The style and skills of Frantic Assembly are so well respected within the world of theatre, that the National Theatre Company employed them to develop the physical theatre aspects required for the current production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Other productions include;
Little Dogs
Beautiful Burnout
Dirty Wonderland
Pool (no water)
Othello
Frantic Assembly creates thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre. The company attracts new and young audiences with work that reflects contemporary culture. Vivid and dynamic, Frantic Assembly's unique physical style combines movement, design, music and text. Frantic Assembly is led by Artistic Director Scott Graham. Scott formed the company with Steven Hoggett and Vicki Middleton in 1994 and continues to collaborate with many of today's most inspiring artists.
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