Can you be terrified and fearless? That is how we started Frantic Assembly. We began with little more than a fierce work ethic and a desire to do something different and to do it differently. The name Frantic Assembly gives it all away. It conjures an energy created by joining together. It has always been about this energy and learning from each other.
From a reckless leap into the unknown Frantic Assembly has developed into one of the most studied and praised theatre companies working today.
Our ambition is that we continue to learn and remain committed to making brave and bold theatre. At times it is physically dynamic and brutal. At others it's proudly tender and fragile.
Frantic Assembly has always been about more than the work on the stage. It is about the ethos of collaboration, of empowerment, of that constant desire to improve. It is about telling stories in a voice we don't always hear and about finding talent in places we don't always look. Over the years the Frantic Method of devising theatre has helped people understand and make work throughout the world.
We began with little more than a fierce work ethic and a desire to do something different and to do it differently.
Award winning and sector leading theatre company led by Artistic Director and co-founder Scott Graham, we have toured extensively across Great Britain, and worked in 40 countries internationally collaborating with some of today's most inspiring artists.
We are studied as leading contemporary theatre practitioners on five British and international academic syllabuses. We deliver a Collaborative Theatre-Making MA, with Coventry University (UK Modern University of the Year 2014, 2015, 2016 and UK University of the Year 2015). We also deliver Ignition, an innovative free vocational training programme for young men, particularly targeting those with little previous experience of, or access to, the arts. Funded by the Esmèe Fairbairn Foundation, Ignition unlocks creative potential in boys across the UK and aims to make the future of British theatre better, fairer and younger.
Our productions include Things I Know To Be True (UK and Australia), Othello, Beautiful Burnout (UK, Australia, New Zealand and New York), Lovesong, Stockholm (UK and Australia) and The Believers. We have also provided movement direction on the award-winning National Theatre of Great Britain production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (West End, Broadway, UK & Ireland Tour, US tour) as well as movement direction on the BAFTA nominated British/American TV series Humans (AMC, Channel 4 & Kudos).
We have commissioned and collaborated with writers such as Simon Stephens, Andrew Bovell, Mark Ravenhill, Abi Morgan and Bryony Lavery. Our distinct creative approach has influenced contemporary theatre-making and foregrounded the use of movement directors and choreographers in new dramatic works. It has inspired writers to embrace new creative processes and opened up actors and dancers to new techniques. This is a matter of great pride as we continue to do something different and to do it differently.
Frantic Assembly was founded in 1994 by Scott Graham, Steven Hoggett and Vicki Middleton.
"We were three students at Swansea University. We were suddenly inspired and then encouraged to form our own theatre company. This reckless and terrifying leap was the best thing we ever did.
We were English Literature and Geography graduates and as such we were untrained in any aspect of theatre or dance but we were willing to learn and devoured any opportunity that came our way. As soon as we learned something we tried to teach it and pass it on.
This simple starting point of encouragement, learning and training has been at the heart of the company ever since."
Scott Graham, Co-Founder & Artistic Director
Meet the Team
Learn & Train Practitioners:
Our team of trained specialists teach and share the Frantic method of devising all around the world.
Maggie Ann Bain, Sofie Burgoyne, Amelia Cardwell, Delphine Gaborit, Paolo Guidi, Sean Hollands, Eddie Kay, Steve Kirkham, Vicki Manderson, Steven Miller, Jonnie Riordan, Naomi Said, Krista Vuori, Jess Williams, Perry Johnson, Richard James Neale
Trainee Practitioners: Richard Mylan
Trustees: The board are the guardians and conscience of the company, they make sure we act properly as a charity, and have legal responsibility for the company’s administration.
Sian Alexander (Chair), Mark Ball, Julie Crofts, Matthew Littleford, and Sally Noonan
Collaborate with us
Frantic Assembly is a vital collaborator on many high profile projects and looks to continue making inspiring and thrilling work across the world.
That might be directing, co-directing, movement direction and choreography or even providing training. Our work spans theatre, dance, Television and Film.
The inspiration for this collaboration might come from you. We welcome ideas and proposals and look forward to working together!
- If you have an idea for a collaboration
- If you'd like to tell us your plans for the future
- If you'd like to find out about our plans
…then we'd love to hear from you.
Contact Anna on 020 7841 3115 or email Anna