by Abi Morgan
Acclaimed theatre company Frantic Assembly join forces with celebrated writer Abi Morgan for LOVESONG, a new play about lifelong love.
Directed by Frantic Assembly's artistic directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, the production will tour the UK, beginning on 30 September 2011at the Drum Theatre, Plymouth, and ending with a three week London run at the Lyric Hammersmith from 11 January 2012 (Plymouth press night 3 October; London press night 12 January).
Two couples live and love in the same house – one young and full of hope, the other older and reaching a point of crisis. They are the same couple, changed only by a lifelong love story, and their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness.
Lovesong is a collaboration between of two of the most exciting talents in British drama.
Abi Morgan's writing for the screen includes the Margaret Thatcher filmIron Lady, starring Meryl Streep, the flagship BBC TV drama The Hour andand the BAFTA award-winning drama Sex Traffic (Channel 4). She previously worked with Frantic Assembly on the much praised Tiny Dynamite, and her other previous writing for the stage includes The Night Is Darkest Before The Dawn (part of the Tricycle Theatre's Great Game season), Fugee (NT New Connections), Tender (Hampstead) and Splendour(Paines Plough).
Frantic Assembly's celebrated physical style combines movement, design, music and text. Recent production highlights include Beautiful Burnout(co-production with National Theatre Scotland), Stockholm by Bryony Lavery, a radical reworking of Shakespeare's Othello, pool (no water) by Mark Ravenhill, and Dirty Wonderland, a site specific show for Brighton Festival.
Lovesong reunites Frantic Assembly with the Drum Theatre Plymouth following previous sell out runs with Peepshow, pool (no water) andStockholm and with Othello which marked the company's debut on the Theatre Royal stage.
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Developed with the support of the RSC Studio.
LOVESONG by Abi Morgan
Direction and Choreography: Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett
Design: Merle Hensel
Lighting Design: Andy Purves
Sound Design: Carolyn Downing
Video Design: Ian William Galloway
Cast to be announced
Plymouth press night: Mon 3 October, 7.45pm at the Drum Theatre Plymouth
London press night: Thu 12 January, 7pm at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Drum Theatre, Plymouth
Box office 01752 230 440
Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick
Box office 024 7652 4524
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester
Box office 01243 781312
1. Frantic Assembly is celebrated at home and abroad for creating thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre. The company attracts new and young audiences with work that reflects contemporary culture. Vivid and dynamic, Frantic Assembly's unique physical style combines movement, design, music and text.
Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett formed Frantic Assembly in 1994. Scott and Steven have since performed in or directed all of the company's work. They seek to collaborate on original ideas with today's most exciting artists. Frantic Assembly has toured widely throughout the UK, building its reputation as one of the country's most exciting companies. Internationally Frantic Assembly has performed, created and collaborated in 28 different countries.
In addition to its productions Frantic Assembly operates an extensive Learn & Train programme introducing 5.000 participants a year to the company's process of creating theatre, in a wide variety of settings. Frantic Assembly also delivers Ignition, an innovative vocational training project for young men, particularly targeting those with little previous experience of the arts.
2. Drum Theatre Plymouth produces and presents new plays. As part of the Theatre Royal Plymouth it has built a national reputation for the quality of its programme and innovative work, winning the Peter Brook Empty Space Award in 2007. In addition to its own commissioned productions, the Drum Theatre collaborates with other leading theatre companies including, most recently, Paines Plough, the Royal Court Theatre, Told by an Idiot and the Belgian company, Ontroerend Goed.
In 2009 the Drum Theatre had major success with a new 'horror' comedy, Grand Guignol by Carl Grose as well as producing a new experimental work, Under the Influence, with Ontroerend Goed for production in Plymouth and Ghent, before touring internationally. The Drum again collaborated with Ontroerend Goed in 2010 onTeenage Riot as well as co-producing Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice with ATC and DC Moore's The Empire with the Royal Court. The Drum has recently collaborated with Told by an Idiot on And The Horse You Rode In On; with Paines Plough on Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett and with ATC on The Golden Dragon. Most recently it producedChekhov in Hell by Dan Rebellato with runs in Plymouth and at the Soho Theatre, London.
3. On-sale dates
· Drum Theatre Plymouth – on sale now
· Warwirck Arts Centre – on sale 23 June
· West Yorkshire Playhouse – on sale 2 July
· Chichester Festival Theatre – on sale September
· Lyric Hammersmith – on sale now