Physical Theatre training for young men aged 16-20


Ignition seeks out talent in unexpected places, from sports groups to youth centres in areas of low engagement and high deprivation. We work with Arts Partners across the UK to deliver free Taster and Trial workshops. The high-energy and risk-taking workshops enable Ignition to tap into a hidden pool of talent, daunted by more traditional routes into theatre.

From Glasgow to Plymouth, Swansea to Hull, 12 of the brightest and bravest young men from the Trials come together to form a company and live together in London. Over 5 days they create an original performance with Frantic Assembly's Artistic & Associate Director. All costs are covered and 24 hour pastoral support is given, to ensure all can participate in this life-changing week.

Frantic Assembly continue to train, mentor and signpost opportunities for Ignition Company graduates. A Back Up fund is provided to all regional arts partners to give young men in their areas continued opportunities to engage in the arts.

Ignition has changed the lives of over 2,000 boys since it began in 2008. Help us to support the future of Ignition to give more young men a life-changing experience.


TEXT TO DONATE - Text BOYS10 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 

Why is Ignition only for young men? 

“This was tender, rough, fun, serious - everything a man in the modern world should have the freedom to be.” Emily Steer on ‘Man Up’ @Latitude Festival– Arts Award Magazine

“I just feel like this journey has been one of the most inspiring journeys of my life” Ignition Company member 2013 


2016 SIGN UP

Male? Aged 16-20? Risk-taking? Energetic?

For your chance to take part in Ignition 2016, Sign-up to the Frantic Assembly mailing list for future Ignition news. 


The Core at Corby Cube, Dance Base, East London Dance, Hull Truck, National Youth Arts Wales, The Old Rep Birmingham, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Theatre Royal Stratford East, West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The Ignition intensive is accredited with Bronze Arts Award.