Frantic Assembly and the National Theatre of Scotland present

Beautiful Burnout

Bryony Lavery

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Awarded a Scotsman Fringe First 2010 for innovation and outstanding new writing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and named one of the Observer's top 10 plays of that year.

Cameron Burns is going places. He's fighting for his club, his Mum, his place in the world. And this boy is a natural. He has an affinity with the violence, the balance, the ritual, the grace, and the power of the most controversial sport of our time.

Bryony Lavery’s heart-wrenching and deeply human story follows five young fighters as they aim for the bright lights, far from Glasgow’s mean, grey streets.

This knockout production is spectacularly staged, drawing its audience into the heart of the action, where every jab, hook and uppercut feels flinchingly realistic.

Featuring a stunning backdrop of glittering video screens and a pulsating soundtrack by electronic heavyweights Underworld, Beautiful Burnout packs an almighty, and unforgettable punch.

See you ringside.

Beautiful Burnout contains strong language, an age guide of 14+ is recommended.
The approximate running time is 90 minutes.

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"This is stunning. Literally and metaphorically"
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - FIVE STARS

 

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Creative Team

Writer: Bryony Lavery
Directors: Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett
Choreographed by the Directors with the original 2010 cast
Featuring the music of: Underworld (www.underworldlive.com)
Design: Laura Hopkins
Lighting Design: Andy Purves
Sound Design: Carolyn Downing
Video Design: Ian William Galloway
Casting Director: Anne Henderson 

Reviews

"The theatre is routinely derided as being full of grey hair but it is a predominantly young audience at Beautiful Burnout"
THE OBSERVER

"A technical knockout"
THE SUNDAY TIMES - FOUR STARS

"Knockout collaboration, a success on all fronts"
THE LIST - FOUR STARS

"Beautiful Burnout is spectacular, lyrical and thought-provoking"
THE SCOTSMAN - FOUR STARS

"Pumping, sweat-drenched pieces of choreography that capture the raw, bruising power as well as the balletic grace of this bloody sport"
EVENING STANDARD - FOUR STARS

"A brilliantly acted exploration of what makes boxers box"
THE GUARDIAN - FOUR STARS

"Beautiful Burnout has all of the ingredients of a knock-out hit"
THE INDEPENDENT - FOUR STARS

"Frantic Assembly have created an impressively dynamic affair, with a crackingly well-drilled set of performances that pull no punches"
THE HERALD - FOUR STARS

"An outstanding edge-of-your-seat thrill ride"
THE BIG ISSUE - FIVE STARS

"This look at a bunch of young Glaswegian boxing hopefuls (including a girl) is the finest work I have seen from them [Frantic Assembly] for some time"
THE FINANCIAL TIMES - FOUR STARS

"a dynamic, edge-of-your-seat masterpiece… Beautiful Burnout is a must-see at this year’s Sydney Festival"
ARTS HUB AUSTRALIA – FIVE STARS

"Beautiful Burnout is a knockout that actually lifts you up"
NEW YORK POST - FOUR STARS

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Photography Credit

Beautiful Burnout image by Ela Wlodarczyk
Rehearsal photographs by Johan Persson
UK tour production photographs by Gavin Evans
Australia/ New Zealand tour production photographs by Brett Boardman
UK 2012 rehearsal and production photographs by Helen Maybanks