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The Unreturning - Touring 2018/2019

The Unreturning

written by Anna Jordan

A Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth production.  

Today Frantic Assembly announces the full tour dates of The Unreturning, a brand new co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth. Telling the interwoven stories of three men coming home from war, this new work by Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner Anna Jordan will be directed by Frantic Assembly associate director Neil Bettles and marks the 10th anniversary of Frantic Assembly's award-winning Ignition training programme. The Unreturning will have its world premiere at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 20 September 2018 before playing at various venues across the UK until 16 March 2019. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.

A British northern coastal town. Three young men are coming home from war. Their stories, set at different times over the last 100 years, are beautifully interwoven in this compelling new play featuring Frantic's celebrated physicality. The cast will include Jared Garfield, Joe Layton, Jonnie Riordan and Kieton Saunders-Browne

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Fatherland 2018 Casting

Fatherland

Created by Scott Graham of Frantic Assembly, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens

Songs from a forgotten England

Commissioned and produced by Lyric Hammersmith, LIFT, Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly and Royal Exchange Theatre. Supported by PRS Music Foundations

25 May - 23 June 2018

Press Night: Thursday 31 May 2018 at 7pm

This bold new production by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens, focusing on contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions, premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival. Fatherland will open in May at the Lyric Hammersmith as part of LIFT festival 2018. This intensely physical production is performed by a 13-strong cast who will be joined by the Chorus of Others, a cacophony of voices, specially formed as part of Fatherland. Fatherland features exclusive songs and music written by Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert

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FRANTIC ASSEMBLY APPOINTS PRODUCER

Internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly has appointed Peter Holland as its new Producer. Holland joins Frantic Assembly from his role as Producer at The Lyric Hammersmith and will take up his post in May 2018. 

Peter Holland says: "I'm delighted to be joining Frantic Assembly as they prepare to celebrate 25 years of excellent theatre making. I have long admired the company and the way they create theatre and how their work leaves long lasting impressions with those who visit thier shows. I cannot wait to continue their brilliant work and create new, exciting productions with Frantic's unique flair and distinctive style to share with future audiences."

Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, says: "I have admired Peter's work at the Lyric and I am thrilled to be welcoming him into the Frantic Assembly team. He cares deeply about the quality of the work he makes. Equally, it's accessibility and impact for a diverse audience. His passion, eye and expertise, will be an invaluable and exciting asset to the company and we are all looking forward to working with him."

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FRANTIC ASSEMBLY APPOINTS KERRY WHELAN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Frantic Assembly has appointed Kerry Whelan as Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive. Whelan joins Frantic Assembly from BalletBoyz Ltd and willtake up his post in January 2018, workingtogether with Artistic Director and co-founder Scott Graham to bring thecompany's ambitious plans for the future to fruition. 

Kerry Whelan said, "I am thrilled to be joining Frantic Assembly, having long admired itsbrave and ground-breaking work. Through its stage productions, educationoffering and training programmes the company has become synonymous withcollaborative, original, diverse and inclusive activity. I look forward tocarrying on that work with Scott, the Trustees and fantastic staff team and todeveloping new projects and opportunities."

Frantic Assembly's Artistic Director Scott Grahamsaid, "I have always been impressed by Kerry and Iam absolutely thrilled that we get to bring that drive and vision into the FranticAssembly team. These are exciting times for the company and I can't wait for usto get started!"

Frantic Assembly's Chair Sian Alexander said, "We are thrilled to appoint Kerry Whelan as Executive Director andJoint Chief Executive alongside Scott Graham. Kerry brings exceptionalleadership skills as well as extensive experience of enabling bold andambitious creative work. We are excited for the future of Frantic Assemblyunder their joint leadership."

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Thing I Know To Be True UK Tour 2017 Casting

The cast for the second UK Tour of Things I Know To Be True in Autumn 2017 has been announced. Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia's critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True returns to delight audiences in the UK from 27 September 2017.

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Fatherland - Booking opens today at the Lyric Hammersmith and as part of LIFT 2018

This bold new production, by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens, focusing on contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions, premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival. 

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Fatherland (Original Music from the Stage Show) Released 30th June 2017

Fatherland(Original Music from the Stage Show) is a collection of recordings by Underworld's Karl Hyde and producer/artist Matthew Herbert. The songs are based on extracts from the script for Fatherland, a play conceived and written in collaboration by Karl, playwright Simon Stephens (Curious Incident of the Dog in theNight-Time, Punk Rock) and Frantic Assembly's Scott Graham.

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Fatherland Cast & Trailer

The cast for Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens' new production Fatherland has today been announced. The world premiere of this intensely physical production will be performed by a 13-strong cast, transforming the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, from 1st July. 

A new trailer is also now available, featuring the exclusive first excerpt of one of Fatherland's songs written by Karl Hyde and Matthew Herbert

Watch the trailer here

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Announcing the second tour of Things I Know To Be True to Tour for Autumn 2017

Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia's critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True returns to delight audiences in the UK from 27 September 2017. Andrew Bovell's new play will tour to Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry in Salford, Leicester Curve, Mercury Theatre in Colchester, York Theatre Royal, Chester Storyhouse, Southampton's Nuffield, Poole Lighthouse and London's Lyric Hammersmith.

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Frantic Assembly's Othello to be presented by the National Youth Theatre in London's West End, Autumn 2017

In an exclusive collaboration, the National Youth Theatre are proud to present Frantic Assembly's award-winning adaptation of Othello.

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Fatherland: Full Programme for Manchester International Festival 2017 announced

A bold new theatre show focusing on contemporary Fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions. Created by Frantic Assembly's Scott Graham, Karl Hyde from Underworld and playwright Simon Stephens, this emotive collage of words, music and movement will see a13-strong cast and a multitude of voices engulf the Royal Exchange Theatre. Click here to read the full press release. 

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Digital Theatre Capture of Things I Know To Be True

We're thrillied to announce the Digital Theatre capture of Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia's (STCSA) acclaimed production, Things I Know To Be True by Andrew BovellThe recording of the live production will be available to Digital Theatre's worldwide education audience from Wednesday 22nd of February, 2017. Click here to download the full press release

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Fatherland to premiere at Manchester International Festival 2017

We are very excited to announce Fatherland, our new co-production with Manchester International Festival, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT.

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Things I Know To Be True Production Images

Production photography is now available for the UK premiere of Things I Know To Be True, an exciting international co-production between Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia. The play is currently in previews at Lyric Hammersmith and opening night will be Friday 16th September, ahead of its tour to Oxford, Warwick, Liverpool, Salford and Chichester.

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THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE REHEARSAL IMAGES

Rehearsal images are released today for Frantic Assembly's Things I Know To Be True, an exciting international co-production between Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia. The play will have its UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith from 10th September until 1st October 2016 before touring to Oxford, Warwick, Liverpool, Salford and Chichester.

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THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE CASTING ANNOUNCED

Full casting has been announced for Andrew Bovell's Things I Know To Be True, an exciting international co-production between Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia. Matthew Barker, Natalie Casey, Richard Mylan, Kirsty Oswald, Ewan Stewart and Imogen Stubbs will star in the play's UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith from 10th September until 1st October 2016 before embarking upon a UK tour.

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Things I Know To Be True UK Tour

Frantic Assembly is excited to announce the UK tour of of Andrew Bovell's Things I Know To Be True, an exciting international co-production with State Theatre Company of South Australia. It will receive its UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith from 10th September until 1st October 2016. A brand new commission written by leading Australian writer Andrew Bovell, Things I Know To Be True will enjoy its world premiere in Adelaide in May 2016, before being recreated for a UK tour later in the year.

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THING I KNOW TO BE TRUE STATE THEATRE COMPANY SOUTH AUSTRALIA CO-PRODUCTION

In 2016 Frantic Assembly will be partnering with renowned Australian powerhouse - State Theatre Company of South Australia based in Adelaide - to co-produce a new play from Australia's master playwright, Andrew Bovell. Things I Know To Be True will premiere at the Dunstan Playhouse from 13th May 2016, before seasons in Canberra and the UK. The production will be a landmark international collaboration between the two companies and will be co-directed by Geordie Brookman (Artistic Director of STCSA) and Frantic's own Scott Graham. Set and light will be designed by award-winning Geoff Cobham, with costumes by Ailsa Paterson, and the Australian cast will include Paul Blackwell, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Eugenia Fragos and Nathan O'Keefe.

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