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Are you male? Aged 16-24? Risk-taking? Determined? Energetic? Then this is for you.

Ignition is Frantic Assembly's free, national training programme for young men aged 16-24. 

The programme seeks out talent in unexpected places across the UK, from sports groups to youth centres, and is committed to helping young men find their individual and collective strength. Our aim is to bring together a dynamic group from across the UK with different backgrounds, skills and stories.

No experience is necessary and we're particularly looking for young men who haven't taken part in drama or dance before.

This year we have broadened the age-range, to include young men aged 16-24.

Taster and Trial Workshops are delivered with regional arts partners across the UK and 12 of the brightest and bravest young men are selected to form the Ignition Company. The company will come together in London to live and work together for 7 days to create an original performance with Frantic Assembly Directors.

Ignition also includes a year-round Re-Ignite programme which continues to train, mentor and signpost opportunities with Frantic Assembly throughout the UK.

DATES FOR IGNITION TASTERS

How do I sign up?

Now that Ignition is back for its 11th year, we are searching the UK for the next generation of male performers. 

No experience is necessary, and it is completely free to take part. The first step is to find a Taster Workshop in a city near you and sign up!  Check out the list below and book your place

Taster

Leeds Playhouse Youth Arts Venue

14 September - 14 September at 11.00 - 17.00

Theatre Royal Plymouth

14 September - 14 September at 14.00 - 15.30

Liverpool Everyman

17 September - 17 September at 19.30 - 21.00

The Core at Corby Cube

17 September - 17 September at 17.30 - 21.00

Deptford Lounge Library, London

21 September - 21 September at 12.00 - 18.00

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

23 September - 23 September at 18.00 - 19.30

Theatre Royal Norwich

23 September - 23 September at 19.00 - 20.30

DATES FOR IGNITION TRIALS

To be eligible to join a Trial Workshop, for a place in the Ignition 2019 Company, you have to attend a Taster.  Book now for a Taster Workshop at your local venue, through the links above.

If you enjoy your Taster Workshop, keep your Trial date free!

DANCE BASE, EDINBURGH

Trial: 29 September 2019

LEEDS PLAYHOUSE

Trial: 28 September 2019

THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH

Trial: 12 October 2019

LIVERPOOL EVERYMAN 

Trial: 30 September 2019

THE CORE AT CORBY CUBE

Trial: 03 October 2019

LONDON VENUES

Trial: 05 & 06 October 2019

BIRMINGHAM OLD REP (Trials will be held at Birmingham Ormiston Academy)

Trial: 01 & 02 October 2019

SHERMAN THEATRE, CARDIFF

Trial: 11 October 2019

THEATRE ROYAL NORWICH

Trial: 07 October 2019

DATES FOR IGNITION INTENSIVE

Saturday 26th October to 2nd November 2019

IGNITION FOR MEN 2019 COMPANY

Twelve young men will be chosen from the Trial Workshops to create and perform a show in one week in London. 

We are looking to bring together a dynamic group of young men from across the UK.  Travel, accommodation and food will be provided, and any additional access needs will be available to participants.

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IGNITION FOR WOMEN

2019: River Stage

Following the success of Frantic Assembly's first ever Ignition for Women pilot earlier this year, the bold and brilliant participants will make their first public performance as part of the National Theatre River Stage takeover, with the project rolling out nationally in 2020. 

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IGNITION FOR WOMEN: 2020

National Roll Out

In 2020, we will be looking for the next generation of female theatremakers.

We're thrilled to announce that our flagship Ignition programme will be running a full length programme for women in 2020, alongside Ignition for Men.

Next year we have broadened the age-range, to include young women aged 16-24.

Ignition is Frantic Assembly's free movement and theatre project, designed to seek out talent in unexpected places. In 2020 we will bring together a dynamic group of women from across the country with different backgrounds, skills and stories.

No experience is necessary and we're particularly looking for young women who haven't taken part in drama or dance before.

Our high energy Taster and Trial workshops will be delivered with partner venues around the country and 12 of the brightest and bravest young women will then be selected to form the Ignition Company. Over 6 days we'll work together to create an original performance with Frantic Assembly Directors.

For more information on the project or if you're a school or community group and interested in a free taster workshop, please contact Maya Pindar on Maya@franticassembly.co.uk or call 020 7841 3115.

Ignition Partners

Frantic Assembly work with eight Arts partners across the UK to ensure Ignition reaches young men with little or no access to theatre.