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Frantic Assembly By: Kaylin Hsieh

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Kaylin Hsieh

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Their Aims
Frantic Assembly aims to make relevant and interesting theater that is accessible to as wide an audience as possible by creating culturally influenced collaborations between movement, design, music and text.
Their aim of their work is to reflect on contemporary culture thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theater,the company also attracts new and young audiences with work that reflects contemporary culture, but they focus on UK mainly.
What is Frantic Assembly?
Frantic Assembly By: Kaylin Hsieh

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. He is also respected by people and is one the world's most well known physical theater.
Conventions used
Physical Theater - to empathizes the theme for example motif to (repetition of pattern) and to entertain the audience as they think/aware of what is going on. The movements of the physical movement to convey emotions and atmosphere on stage. (Movements like lifts, chair duets, "how to fly", and clip lift etc)
Music - to add atmosphere to what is happening, different temples or softness for a certain atmosphere. Also to emphasize particular movement/action to highlight it, to focus on the motion and its importance.
Props - To support the performance giving interest to the audience
Naturalism - To entertain the audience, clearly showing emotions, helping the audience understand more of the story and let them identity those using their own emotions to sink in.
How have their ideas inspired you? How could you use elements of their work to inform your own
By researching on frantic assembly and understanding what they used why they use them to preform, they inspired me to use music in my performance. As my group is doing non-verbal performance, I think using music could really help the audience to know what message we are trying to convey, in my group we wanted to convey a message of "never give up and enjoy life" with our chosen objects, so I think that using different music in each object/scene will bring out the message and give the audience a clear understanding of whats going on. For example when we have a scene that is really exciting and fast, we will chose a upbeat music to fit its atmosphere. I would also like to include repetitive movements and lifts to make the audience to really think of whats going on in our performance, for example the repetitive movements are for the audience to reflect and be aware of whats going on stage. So based on these 2 elements and ideas, I hope to use them effectively in my performance and create a magical piece to convey my message of "not giving up and enjoy life". :)
Their approach to storytelling:

Special and unique aspects of how Frantic Assembly tells stories through devised theater is the distinctive method of using and applying physical theater into their performances. Sometimes physical theater in the plays are used for explicit and implicit meanings. In other words, direct showing of what is happening, or rather abstract and hidden ideas/ messages in the story that the audience will have to figure out, or through dialogue, they will have to figure out the true meaning of the story. For example in the play Othello. Two main characters of Othello and Emilia did physical theater technique of "round by though" this shows as if they were just moving "through, around and by" each other, this also can indicate the characters are developing relationship by those actions, being around the person more and connecting with them physically. Another main aspect is how physical theater as a general area is created with different parts according to their website: " movement, design, music and text”

Frantic's Dramatic Conventions background
Frantic Assembly's works mainly focus on the Dramatic Convention of Physical Theater and a small dialogue between the actors.
Frantic Assembly started off with using devices such as alienation where the actors would stand out of character and speak to the audience, After that they felt that they needed more physicality to bring more visual entertainment and presentation to the audience, make them visually aware of what was going on stage. The physical ideas from the performances usually comes from the text. They also used choreographed dances and movements to represent parts of
their stories to both create and display a certain atmosphere / mood. As a part of the collaboration, music is a massive inspiration for the creators of Frantic Assembly that is said to be a really helpful tool in getting the creators on track of the creation process.

In addiction to its productions, Frantic Assembly operates various types of training programs including devising workshops.
2. https://www.franticassembly.co.uk/productions/othello-2014
3. https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/jan/06/frantic-assembly-othello-scott-graham-steven-hoggett-interview
4. Information on Ms. Hulls wiki
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