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Drama - Frantic Assembly

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Oliver Ford

on 25 October 2012

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Transcript of Drama - Frantic Assembly

What is Frantic Assembly? Frantic Assembly is a physical theatre company founded in 1994 by Scott Graham and Steven Hogget. It is well known for it's use of vivid and dynamic: movement, design, music and text within their productions such as: Beautiful Burnout Beautiful burnout is a play by Bryony Lavery that follows five teenagers from Glasgow who are desperate to become professional boxers. The idea came from a 10 minute visit Bryony took to a boxing gym in Brooklyn where the: energy, the noise, the focus, the intense application was so mesmerizing that it inspired and challenged both Bryony and Frantic Assembly to produce a
play about boxing while
incorporating Frantic's
signature use of physical
theatre with their
productions. Lovesong is a play written by Abi Morgan and produced by Frantic Assembly. It intertwines a couple in their 20s with the same man and woman a lifetime later. Their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness. All relationships have their ups and downs; the optimism of youth becomes the wisdom of experience. Lovesong Othello Stockholm Pool
(No Water) Little Dogs Dirty Wonderland Frantic assembly was created with one desire - to be different. After being inspired by 'Volcano Theatre Company' and 'DV8 Films' Graham and Hoggett started the company with little to no experience in producing 'professional' level productions (that Volcano Theatre and DV8 produced). Frantic Assembly massively draws inspiration from music, especially electronic band 'Underworld' (who scored the 2012 tour of Beautiful Burnout). This is because it is integral to how they understand and communicate their productions (and a lot of the movements within their productions can be described as a dance). It is a very present throughout the rehearsal process. Frantic Assembly's rehearsal process immediately incorporates physical language. Frantic Assembly rehearsal periods feel the need for a rich and structured warm up to each day. They believe that it is
important to build on technique, strength and stamina but also to give the performers a feeling of achievement each day (even though they may be aching and tired). The story was conceived after an anticipated meeting between writer Abi Morgan and Frantic Assembly founders Steven Hoggett and Scott Graham who had wanted to work together for some time. Othello was the first piece of Shakespeer Frantic Assembly's adapted, but presented in a modern context. The concept was pitched to the founders Graham and Hoggett by director Tom Morris several years prior Synopsis - "This is a mating ground. There’s tension around the pool table, cues in hand. A world of broken glass and beatings in the car park. It’s dog eat dog. And its about to kick off…" *Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett were awarded Best Direction at the TMA Theatre Awards 2009 and the production was named a theatre highlight of 2008 in the Independent on Sunday, Guardian and Observer.* *Winner of the Wolff Whiting Award 2008. Nominated for
Best Touring Production at the TMA Theatre Awards 2008.* Stockholm follows an unusual violent but loving relationship drawing comparisons to the heist at the Sveriges Kreditbank in Stockholm which lead to the psychological phenomenon which is Stockholm syndrome (feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor). Stockholm was written by Bryony Lavery whom Frantic Assembly would collaberate with again on Beautiful Burnout three years later. From acclaimed writer Mark Ravenhill and Frantic Assembly comes Pool (No Water). The play follows a famous artist who invites her old friends to her luxurious new home. For one night only, the group is back together. But celebrations come to an abrupt end when the host suffers an horrific accident and falls into a coma. The almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape : could her suffering be their next work of art? Little Dogs is an original play by Frantic Assembly inspired by Dylan Thomas's story 'Just Like Little Dogs'. Synopsis - Across the city, hearts are beating and the mating ritual has begun. In the nightclubs, the bus shelters, the back streets and the sand dunes, daring girls and reckless boys engage in a desperate dance while the less fortunate observe and pretend it doesn't hurt.

Dirty Wonderland is a play written by Michael Wynne and produced by Frantic Assembly who were inspired by Nan Goldin's photography.
It is set to the sex-driven power pop of Goldfrapp, this is a tour of excess around the ballrooms and bedrooms of a faded hotel detonated the idea of the 'dirty weekend'.
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