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River Stage Festival Weekend: Frantic Assembly

Frantic Assembly

26 – 28 July

River Stage Festival Weekend: Frantic Assembly

The groundbreaking theatre company invite you to join their 25th birthday celebrations with a weekend of partying on the River Stage, packed with live music, dance, workshops and special performances, including a brand new, specially commissioned piece for River Stage.

For more on Frantic Assembly, visit their website.

Summer pop-ups
While visiting, why not grab a drink or a bite to eat from one of our summer pop-ups? Enjoy a gourmet wood-fired pizza from the Pizza Van, mix yourself a cocktail made of botanical ingredients from the Apothecary bar or grab a cold beer from The Otherstudy riverside pop-up bar. There is something for everyone at the NT this summer.

Friday

Frantic Assembly Megamix

18.30 – 18.45

Celebrating 25 years of Frantic Assembly productions to a soundtrack created by Pete Malkin the Frantic practitioners, in collaboration with co-founder Scott Graham, have created a quickfire megamix of the company's illustrious career. How many productions can you recognise?

Frantic Assembly Mega Mix

Happy Birthday Frantic Assembly

18.45 – 19.00

Kicking off proceedings, we welcome you to the Frantic Assembly birthday weekend.

National Theatre River Stage

Julie Blake

19.00 – 20.45

Since 2005 Julie Blake has devoted her life to soundtracks, first leading Ninja Tune’s North American sync operations and now working as General Manager of Erased Tapes Music, where she represents some of the world’s most exciting composers for theatre and film.

Julie Blake

Lewis Griffith

21.00 – 22.45

DJ and Frantic Assembly Ignition graduate, Lewis Griffith, takes to the River Stage to ramp up the party atmosphere for Frantic Assembly's 25th birthday.

Lewis Griffith, DJ

Saturday

Frantic Assembly Warm-Up

12.00 - 12.45

Start the day right with Frantic practitioners and the Frantic Assembly warm-up. An intense HIIT-style warm-up, to set you up for the day. Can you keep up?

Frantic Assembly Warm Up

Frantic Games

12.45 – 13.00 and 18.30 – 18.45

We're asking our audience to join in for some classic Frantic rehearsal room games.

Frantic Games

Curious Incident: Astroboy Demonstration

13.00 - 13.30

Frantic Assembly co-founder Scott Graham presents a live demonstration and talk on how Frantic achieved some of the most iconic images for the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Astro Boy

Luke Brown Dance: Princess

13.45 – 14.30

Princess is an autobiographical story told through raw and exhilarating dance theatre. A brutal and beautiful recreation of real life romance, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality in an honest and often comical search for a happily ever after.

Luke Brown Dance Princess

Podcast Live

14.45 – 15.45

Following the success of series one, hosts Scott Graham and Jonnie Riordan present the Frantic Assembly Podcast LIVE. With specials guests and questions from the audience.

Frantic Assembly Podcast live

Ignition for Women

16.00 – 16.45

Following the successful pilot of Frantic Assembly's Ignition for Women programme, we reunite the company to present their work, The Map Woman.

Ignition for Women

Sometimes Thinking

17.00 - 18.00

A brand new Frantic Assembly production written by Phil Porter and with a soundtrack by Underworld. Sometimes Thinking is a celebration of the hours invested in daydreaming and fantasising about the people we could have been, the things we should have said and who we might yet become.

Sometimes Thinking

Frantic Assembly Megamix

18.15 – 18.30

Celebrating 25 years of Frantic Assembly productions to a soundtrack created by Pete Malkin, the Frantic practitioners, in collaboration with co-founder Scott Graham, have created a quickfire megamix of the company's illustrious career. How many productions can you recognise?

Frantic Assembly Mega Mix

Honey Moon

19.15 – 21.00

Fresh from UK tours with Her's and FUR, these indie crooners have earned themselves a reputation for crafting catchy bittersweet love songs, filled with 60s-style hooks and dreamy harmonies, as well as entertaining live shows that play out with tongues very firmly in cheeks.

Honey Moon

DJ Stefan Janik

21.00 – 22.45

Frantic Ignition graduate Stefan Janik isn't your average schoolboy, playing Scotland's T in the Park at the age of 15 and being interviewed by Danny Howard on BBC Radio One Dance Anthems live. Now producing his own work and playing gigs at Savannah Bar in Ibiza, Janik brings his energy to London's South Bank to help Frantic Assembly celebrate their 25th birthday into the night.

Stefan Janik

Sunday

Frantic Assembly Warm-Up

12.00 – 12.45

Start the day right with the Frantic practitioners and the Frantic Assembly warm-up. An intense HIIT-style warm up to set you up for the day. Can you keep up?

Frantic Assembly Warm Up

Family Frantic

12.45 – 13.00

Frantic have curated a special workshop to introduce Frantic to the youngest of audiences, Join us for a family-friendly, interactive introduction to the world of movement.

Frantic Family

Curious Incident: Astroboy Demonstration

13.15 – 13.45

Scott Graham presents a live demonstration and talk on how Frantic achieved some of the most iconic images for the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Astro Boy

Sometimes Thinking

14.00 – 15.00

A brand new Frantic Assembly production written by Phil Porter with a soundtrack by Underworld. Sometimes Thinking is a celebration of the hours invested in daydreaming and fantasising about the people we could have been, the things we should have said and who we might yet become.

Sometimes Thinking

Frantic Assembly Megamix

15.15 – 15.30

Celebrating 25 years of Frantic Assembly productions to a soundtrack created by Pete Malkin, the Frantic practitioners, in collaboration with co-founder Scott Graham, have created a quickfire megamix of the company’s illustrious career. How many productions can you recognise?

Frantic Assembly Mega Mix

Ben Norris

15.30 – 16.00

A special performance from celebrated poet, playwright and actor Ben Norris. Twice a national poetry slam champion, Ben will be reading from his new work Some Ending.

Ben Norris

Declan Bennett

16.00 – 16.30

Declan Bennett, who starred in the Frantic Assembly production Fatherland, joins us at the River Stage for an eclectic mix of songs from his own portifolio and music from his West End career.

Declan Bennett

Chorus of Others: The Power of Love

16.30 – 17.00

Frantic Assembly's production of Fatherland reached out to the public, to assemble a group of men to participate in the production each night – The Chorus of Others. To conclude their weekend on the River Stage, Frantic Assembly invites the chorus and their family and friends back to rehearse, for a special closing performance. Musical Direction by Kate Marlais.

Chorus of Others

Summer pop-ups

Cheese Iron

Tasty grilled sandwiches made with British cheeses and plenty of cheesy sides.

Cheese Iron Toastie at the National Theatre

Apothecary Cocktail Bar

Our pop-up cocktail bar returns, using the best regional produce from across the UK.

Apothecary cocktail

Melt

Our vintage van serves a range of Northern Bloc’s irresistible ice creams, made with 100% natural ingredients. Including gluten free and vegan options.

Northern Bloc ice-cream
The Other Study bar with customers

River Stage weekend takeovers