Theatre company to stage Big Night Out in Corby

Scott Graham of Frantic Assembly. Photo by Warren Orchard
Scott Graham of Frantic Assembly. Photo by Warren Orchard

Details of the next Big Night Out in Corby have been released.

Made in Corby, the consortium behind this year’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Steel Park, has announced that one of the country’s most thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre companies, Frantic Assembly, will develop a new work to be performed in Corby on July 9 and 10, 2015.

Frantic Assembly is led by co-founder and artistic director Scott Graham, who was raised in Corby.

Led by Mr Graham, the company has established a reputation as “the most innovative and progressive theatre company around” (The Times) and has a 20-year history of making and touring new works nationally and internationally.

Frantic Assembly has recently completed a national tour of its celebrated version of Othello and is currently involved with the award-winning NT production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (West End, Broadway, UK & Ireland Tour).

Frantic Assembly is committed to discovering talent in unexpected places and will bring its unique physical theatre-led approach to this commission.

The company will collaborate with professional and non-professional artists to deliver performances at The Core at Corby Cube next July.

Mr Graham said: “I believe passionately in a theatre that can tell the stories of real people, by real people.

“It means a lot to myself and co-director (and fellow Corby boy) Neill Bettles to be able to come back and work with an exciting community of professional and local amateur performers on the creation of this show.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the creativity, passion and humour of the town we grew up in.”

Simon Mutsaars, executive director of Groundwork Northamptonshire, which leads the Made in Corby consortium, said: “Following the sell-out success of our August 2014 Big Night Out with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Barb Jungr, we’re thrilled to announce this brand new commission with Frantic Assembly.

“Getting Corby’s communities involved in producing exciting new arts activities in Corby is exactly what Made in Corby is all about.”

Made in Corby is funded by Arts Council England, as part of its national Creative People and Places programme.

Peter Knott, area director, Arts Council England, said: “Our Creative People and Places programme is all about making great art and culture available in local communities for people to take part in and enjoy.

“Frantic Assembly is known for producing interesting and artistically ambitious work for national and international audiences, so it will be really exciting to see them return to their home town to work with performers and artists based in Corby as part of the next Big Night Out commission.”