A Frantic Assembly Warm Up

Jonnie Riordan, Associate Director of Frantic Assembly's Things I Know To Be True, takes you through six warm-up exercises and provides detailed aims and instructions for use in the classroom. The exercises vary from a fun 'keepie uppie' introduction, through to more demanding cardio and circuit training sessions, all of which are geared towards developing teamwork, stamina, physical confidence and focus.
Frantic Assembly Warm Up
Workshop
(2016)

A Masterclass in Theatre Direction with Eugenio Barba

In this personal account, Eugenio Barba, Director of Odin Teatret and of the International School of Theatre Anthropology, shares his thoughts on the techniques and training that develop the art of direction.
Odin Teatret
(2007)
Masterclass

An Interview with Imogen Stubbs and Ewan Stewart

Stubbs and Stewart intricately explore Andrew Bovell’s script, animatedly discussing fresh textual interpretations of the play’s key scenes, in an analysis that develops in front of the camera.
An Interview with Ewan Stewart & Imogen Stubbs
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Kirsty Oswald

Oswald explores the symbiotic responsibility of opening the play to an audience in soliloquy, inviting them as friends on a shared journey, while coming to terms with and conveying the emotional singularity of her own story.
An Interview with Kirsty Oswald
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Matthew Barker

Barker outlines his process of learning to play a son, a daughter, a brother and a sister, within the precincts of the same character. He discusses the edifying journey through language, science and autobiographical illustration, which allowed him to sit comfortably in playing the understanding that there are as many stories about transition as there are people who experience it.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Natalie Casey

Casey discusses the interrogative discomfort of exploring the semi-abusive relationship between Pip and her mother, and how Andrew Bovell’s writing looks, at first glance, like prose, but is almost dance-like in rhythm and quality.
An Interview with Natalie Casey
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Richard Mylan

Mylan reads Things I Know To Be True as a continuous crisis point for Ben, an impending train wreck, hurtling towards a catastrophic act of envy and selfishness. He describes developing Ben’s character by learning his extremes, before pulling back to something stiller to internalise that turmoil, and explains that every moment of the production is intensely physical, even in its stillness.
An Interview with Richard Mylan
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with Scott Graham

Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, Scott Graham, discusses the collaborative process of working with writer Andrew Bovell on Things I Know To Be True, and how he came to incorporate a physical language into the production.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... David Crystal

In this interview, David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University, explores the origins and development of the English language from old English to the present day.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... Imtiaz Dharker

In this interview, Imtiaz Dharker provides an invaluable perspective on life as a poet. From the creation of images to the influence of other writers, Dharker explores the meaning of poetry and the inspiration for her writing.
Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... Dominic Cooke

Director Dominic Cooke has a wealth of experience in staging both classic and contemporary theatre, having worked at the RSC before an eight-year tenure as Artistic Director of new writing playhouse the Royal Court.

Dominic talks of his surprise at being approached by Sam Mendes to bring four Shakespeares to the small screen in The Hollow Crown, why directing Shakespeare is a particular craft, and what a theatre director can bring to film.

Interview
(2015)

An Interview with... Meera Syal

Meera Syal is one of the UK's best-known performing arts polymaths, having turned her hand to acting, writing, singing and producing across both stage and screen. She is currently playing the role of Nurse in Kenneth Branagh's all-star Romeo and Juliet at The Garrick Theatre.

In this interview, Meera explores the origins of her stage-adapted novel Anita and Me and reflects upon the joy of collaborative work and why it's important for a writer to invest in the small characters.

Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... Tamara Harvey

Theatr Clwyd's Artistic Director, Tamara Harvey has directed award-winning work in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad; she has tackled the classics, new writing, musical theatre and film.


Tamara speaks to us about a director's sense of responsibility, how smaller venues engender a valuable intimacy between audience and performance, and why Theatr Clwyd is a place where the imagination can run riot.

Interview
(2016)

An Interview with... Timberlake Wertenbaker

Playwright and practitioner Timberlake Wertenbaker has penned work for renowned production houses including the Royal Court and the RSC over a career spanning half a century.

Timberlake discusses writing internationally celebrated set text Our Country's Good, explores the craft of translation, and reveals the challenges of adapting Tolstoy's War and Peace.

Interview
(2016)

A Chief Executive's Perspective: Ron McAllister

Ron McAllister is the Chief Executive of South Hill Park, the arts centre that helped develop From Up Here and from which the livestream of the musical was broadcast in 2012.

Ron explains his journey with the musical and why, for him, it was the appealing of a choice of shows to take into production.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

South Hill Park Chief Executive Ron McAllister
Interview
(2015)

A Director's Perspective: Luke Sheppard

Luke Sheppard was the Director of From Up Here, a new musical developed by Perfect Pitch.

Luke reflects on the challenge of lifting a new production from the page and into the third dimension. He shares his thoughts on having a performance filmed and explains why he considers it so important that new writing is supported across the industry.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Director Luke Sheppard
Interview
(2015)

A Musical Director's Perspective: Tom Attwood

Tom Attwood was the Musical Director for From Up Here, developed by Perfect Pitch.

Tom explains how one can mine the composer's score for information and why it's a Musical Director's responsibility to ensure clarity of storytelling throughout a show's development and into production.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Musical Director Tom Attwood
Interview
(2015)

A Writer's Perspective: Aaron Lee Lambert

Aaron Lee Lambert is the writer of From Up Here, a new musical developed by Perfect Pitch.

Aaron shares his experience of writing a new production and suggests that his acting background helped him to achieve a deep understanding of his characters during the writing process.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Writer Aaron Lee Lambert
Interview
(2015)

About the Production: Far from the Madding Crowd

How do you take a 40,000 word classic novel and transform it into a piece for the stage? Join the director, writer, composer and actors as they reveal how they took Thomas Hardy's classic Far from the Madding Crowd and made it work on the stage.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Documentary
(2012)

About the Production: The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors - Shakespeare's most slapstick of plays - is a brilliant first time introduction to his work for younger students. Digital Theatre Plus goes behind-the-scenes revealing what happens in rehearsal and backstage talking to the director, designer, composer and actors about their work on the production.
Documentary, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Documentary
(2012)

An Actor's Perspective: Leila Benn Harris

Leila Benn Harris played Emily in Aaron Lee Lambert's musical From Up Here, developed by Perfect Pitch.

Leila reflects on the experience of originating a role, being filmed in performance on stage, and what she considers to be her favourite moments of working on the production.

Filmed by Perfect Pitch.

Actress Leila Benn Harris
Interview
(2015)

An Introduction to Physical Theatre with Scott Graham

Artistic Director, Scott Graham, describes the typical elements and intentions that make up a Frantic Assembly warm-up, considering why movement is invaluable in playing subtext and drawing an audience into a piece.
Interview
(2016)

Arthur Miller

In an exclusive interview with the great American writer, BBC Omnibus talks to playwright Arthur Miller at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US today, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Fimed in 1987.

BBC Studios
(1987)
Documentary

A Mighty Big If: David Coulter

David Coulter works throughout the world as a musician, director, curator, consultant and educator. He is a musical and artistic director of large-scale music and theatre events for Sydney Opera House, Artangel, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, The Sage, Gateshead, Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Hall, Les Nuits de Fourviere in Lyon, and La Salle Pleyel in Paris. He composes for dance, theatre, cinema, television and radio. He is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost musical saw players. Here, he talks to Richard Strange as part of 'A Mighty Big If' and demonstrates his music with the saw. 

A Mighty Big If: David Coulter
HiBROW
Interview

A Mighty Big If: Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest is a writer of rhymes, lyrics, poems, prose and plays. Here, Kate talks about her work to Richard Strange and performs some of her electric poetry.
A Mighty Big If: Kate Tempest
HiBROW
Interview