Devising and Physicality workshops 14+

Bring one of our specialist Frantic Assembly practitioners to your school and let your students experience how a professional company creates new material.

This workshop:

  • Provides your students with a bank of skills to take away and use in their own devising work
  • Promotes the physical confidence your students need to be brave and bold with the material they are making
  • Uses production specific exercises from shows like Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout, Othello, Things I Know to Be True and The Unreturning
  • Instructs students on the various devising processes used by Frantic Assembly when working collaboratively to produce multi-disciplined performance, which will transfer perfectly to their own productions
  • Addresses skills required for students to enhance their abilities in the areas of performance, movement, directing and critical analysis including the opportunity to workshop movement into meaning.

All of our workshops are active explorations of the Frantic method of devising, which is about empowering people to be better at making theatre from a physical starting point. For this reason, our workshops do not explore suggested themes or texts, nor do they devise performances for examinations.

Frantic Assembly is a recommended company on AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and IB syllabuses and is studied widely at GCSE, BTEC, AS and A-Level as well as undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Frantic Assembly Workshop Information

Our workshops give your students an insight into how Frantic Assembly creates new work and provides them with skills to embark on their own devised projects. Workshops are pitched to the level and experience of your group.

All of our workshops are active explorations of the Frantic Method, which is about empowering people to be better at making theatre from a physical starting point. For this reason, our workshops do not explore suggested themes or texts, nor do they devise performances for examinations. The use of text may be discussed and how it can be layered or combined with movement sequences, however as a rule we will not look at specific texts.

2-hour workshops give participants a taste of the Frantic Method and will include:

  • A thorough warm up, preparing students mentally and physically
  • Tasks based on team building and spatial awareness
  • Developing physical skills including contact work
  • A basic introduction to devising and sequencing movement
  • A cool down, reflection and questions

4-hour workshops cover everything in our 2-hour workshops in more detail. Participants will leave with a stronger understanding of the way Frantic Assembly work in the rehearsal room and will include:

  • More physical skills
  • Advanced lifting techniques including those in The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-time
  • More physical devising tasks and the opportunity to present work, and workshop it to develop context and meaning
  • Discussion about how participants can use devising tasks in their own practice


6-hour workshops are the closest thing to a day in the rehearsal room with Frantic Assembly. With a similar content and structure to our 2 and 4-hour workshops, our 6-hour workshops will include:

  • A full range of Frantic practices in much greater depth
  • Ensemble work, small group work and pairs work
  • Further physical skills development
  • Further devising tasks linking them back to Frantic Assembly productions
  • Discussion about how the Frantic Method can enrich participant’s own work
  • Interrogation and reflection on what makes interesting theatre

All of our workshops are fast paced, energetic and should leave the participants with the skills to develop their own work in a more dynamic and physically interesting way.

Outcomes:

  • Promoting physical confidence and encourage participants to look beyond self-perceived limitations within a fun, energetic and safe environment.
  • Instructing students on the various devising processes used by Frantic Assembly when working collaboratively to produce multi-disciplined performance.
  • Addressing key skills required for students to enhance their abilities in the areas of performance, movement, directing and critical analysis.

If you are interested in booking a workshop, please read the guidelines carefully and complete this booking form to confirm your interest and preferred date. Further information on our rates and workshop guidelines are available on the first page of the booking form.


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