A peek at untidy lives and loneliness
By Sarah Hemming for The Financial Times
There is always a buzz in a theatre when Frantic Assembly is performing - not only because of expectations, but also because the audience is so young that it cannot help but buzz. On the press night of the company's latest production, Peepshow, there was a spontaneous burst of whistling and applause as the lights went down - this is the sort of energetic audience that many theatres dream of.
Frantic Assembly built up its young following with its Generation Trilogy shows, which used high-impact dance routines and disarming confessional monologues to discuss contemporary issues. But the company's most recent productions have been more ambitious - and more mature. Hymns, shown three years ago, was an all-male piece about grief; Peepshow drafts in Scottish playwright Isabel Wright, and music from the band Lamb, to produce a piece about love and loneliness in the big city. click for more
************************************** Going cuckoo in the nest
by Donald Hutera for The Times
AFTER only eight years in the business, Frantic Assembly has cultivated both a devoted following and a cutting-edge reputation. The work I’ve seen hasn’t persuaded me that this British outfit is, to repeat an oft-used blurb, “crucial viewing for anyone interested in the future of theatre”. But there’s no denying that the company’s co-directors, Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, have their fingers on the collective pulse of a generation.
Frantic’s new Peepshow captures a mood and rhythm of twentysomething discontent that a younger audience in particular will find relevant. You can practically feel the connection being forged in the auditorium of the Lyric Hammersmith. click for more