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Frantic Assembly on the Curriculum

Frantic Assembly is a recommended company on multiple educational syllabuses and is studied widely at GCSE, BETC, AS and A-Level as well as undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Take a look at the tabs below to find out how our workshops and residencies can equip your students with the tools and skills they need to achieve in their exams.

AQA

Component 1: Frantic Assembly productions could be used for the Live Theatre Review element of this component.

Component 2: Students could choose to develop their devised piece in the style of Frantic Assembly; focusing on the physical and collaborative approach of our work.

Component 3: Texts which have been commissioned and performed by Frantic Assembly could be used as the play text for these performances. 

Component 1: Frantic Assembly productions could be used for the Live Theatre Review element of this component.

Component 2: Frantic Assembly is a prescribed practitioner so students could choose to deliver their Extract 2 performance in the style of Frantic Assembly. Students can choose whatever texts they wish to study for this component as long as they are not from the Component 1 text list and they meet the criteria set by AQA, therefore play texts commissioned and performed by Frantic Assembly could also be used for this component.

Component 1: Frantic Assembly productions could be used for the Live Theatre Review element of this component.

Component 2: Frantic Assembly is in the list of prescribed practitioners in the specification, so students could choose to use our methodology to influence their devised performance.

Component 3: Frantic Assembly are in the list of prescribed practitioners in the specification so students could choose to use our methodology to influence their extract performance, as long as they haven't chosen us as their influential practitioner for their devised performance. Frantic Assembly play texts could be used for the extracts as long as none of our texts clash with the set texts already being studied in Component 1.

Edexcel

Component 1: Centres have a choice when selecting a practitioner. Edexcel define a practitioner as "a practitioner is an individual or a company who has an established and defined approach to the creation of the performance and who creates both theatrical performances and who produces theory that informs this practical work", therefore Frantic Assembly could be chosen as a practitioner for Extract 1. For both extracts, students can choose whichever texts they wish to as long as it is not from the Component 2 list and meets the criteria set by Edexcel; therefore Frantic Assembly commissioned play texts could also be used for this component. 

Component 2: Students can choose whatever text they wish as long as they are not the same text as Component 5 and they meet the criteria set by Edexcel. Therefore students could choose to use Frantic Assembly commissioned play texts for this component.

Component 3: Frantic Assembly productions could be used for the analysis and evaluation of the work of Live Theatre evaluation question of this component.

Component 1: Centres have a choice when selecting a practitioner. Edexcel define a practitioner as "a practitioner is an individual or a company who has an established and defined approach to the creation of the performance and who creates both theatrical performances and who produces theory that informs this practical work", therefore Frantic Assembly could be chosen as a practitioner for Extract 1. For both extracts, students can choose whichever texts they wish to as long as it is not from the Component 2 list and meet the criteria set by Edexcel. Therefore Frantic Assembly commissioned play texts could also be used for this component.

Component 2: Frantic Assembly productions could be used for the analysis and evaluation of the work of Live Theatre evaluation question of this component. 

Component 1: For this component the centre can choose the practitioner and performance text. They must both have a degree of challenge, in terms of appropriateness of content, language, complexity of themes, and access to deeper social, historical and cultural contexts, and the texts must meet the criteria set by Edexcel. Frantic Assembly commissioned play texts could be used as a performance text. Frantic Assembly is also given as an example of an appropriate practitioner for centres to use for this component.

Component 3: Students could choose to use a Frantic Assembly production as their Live Theatre review piece for this component.

OCR

Component 3/4: Students can choose whatever text they wish as long as they are not the same text as Component 5 and they meet the criteria set by OCR. Students could choose to use play texts commissioned and performed by Frantic Assembly for this component.

Component 5: Frantic Assembly productions could be used for the Live Theatre Review element of this component as long as the performance is longer than 1 hour long.

Component 1/2 / Component 3/4: Students can choose whatever text and whatever practitioner they wish to as long as they are not the same text as Component 5 and they meet the criteria set by OCR. Frantic Assembly could be used within these components, as a practitioner with an identifiable set of working methodologies, or a play text which has been commissioned and performed by us.

Component 5: Frantic Assembly productions could be used for the Live Theatre Review element of this component as long as the performance is longer than 1 hour long.

Component 41 - 48: Stockholm by Bryony Lavery, originally commissioned and performed by Frantic Assembly in 2007 is within the set text list for this component, so students could interpret and explore it practically, considering how to create, develop and direct a performance for an audience.

WJEC/Eduqas

Component 1: Students can choose to use the techniques of an influential practitioner to develop their piece if they wish and could therefore use Frantic Assembly.

Component 2: Students can choose the play texts they want to use so long as they have been professionally commissioned and meet the criteria set by WJEC. Therefore, play texts commissioned by Frantic Assembly could be used for this component. 

Component 3: Frantic Assembly productions could be used for the Live Theatre Review part of this component.

Component 1: Beautiful Burnout by Bryony Lavery and Lovesong by Abi Morgan (both originally commissioned by Frantic Assembly) are both in the text list which students can choose from for one of the extracts, and must choose from for the other extract. They can choose whatever play they wish as long as they differ in social, historical and cultural contexts. Frantic Assembly is also listed as one of the suggested theatre companies which students should use as a basis for creating and developing the re-interpreted text for one of their performances.

Component 2: Frantic Assembly productions could be used for the Live Theatre Review part of this component.

Component 1: Beautiful Burnout by Bryony Lavery and Lovesong by Abi Morgan (both originally commissioned by Frantic Assembly) are both in the text list which students can choose from for their performance. Frantic Assembly are also listed as one of the suggested theatre companies which students should use as a basis for creating and developing the re-interpreted text performance. If used once in component 1 or 2 as a practitioner, students cannot use Frantic again in the other component.

Component 2: Frantic Assembly are listed as one of the suggested theatre companies for students to research the techniques and working methods of for their performance. If used once in component 1 or 2 as a practitioner, students cannot use Frantic again in the other component. Beautiful Burnout by Bryony Lavery and Lovesong by Abi Morgan  are both in the text list which students can choose from for their performance as long as they have not used the same text in Component 1. Students could choose to use a Frantic Assembly production as their live theatre review piece if this is relevent to the realisation of their performance as part of this component.

Component 3 (Section C): The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time production by Simon Stephens was movement directed by Frantic Assembly. Students will answer questions about how they would approach the text as performers, directors and designers and how the text can be performed in the theatre.

Each activity explored provided an excellent framework and launch pad for the students own devised projects. The workshop was exhilarating, inspiring and pushed students out of their comfort zones. I alsoreally enjoyed how the practitioner layered the activities so nothing felt impossible tocreate, but by the end students produced work that they would never havethought they were capable of. I look forward to seeing the students' devisedwork develop as a result of this workshop.

Teacher from Shelley College, Huddersfield 2015

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