Taqi Nazeer Set for Frantic Assembly's BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT UK Tour; Full Cast Announced!


Theatre company Frantic Assembly, led by artistic directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, have announced the cast for the revival of their hit boxing play Beautiful Burnout, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010, in a co-production with The National Theatre of Scotland.

Taqi Nazeer will reprise his role as the young boxer Ajay, joined by Theatre Delicatessen regular Margaret Ann Bain, Black Watch stars Ali Craig and Keith Fleming, newcomer Stuart Ryan, Welsh actor and writer Matthew Trevannion and Julie Wilson Nimmo, star of Chewin’ the Fat and children’s television programme Balamory

Written by Bryony Lavery, Beautiful Burnout is a thrilling piece of highly physical theatre that immerses the audience in the explosive world of boxing.

Beautiful Burnout’s UK tour will begin at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 3 October 2012, and continue to Warwick, London, Cardiff, Dundee, Leeds, Newcastle, Southampton and Hull.

This award-winning collaboration between Frantic Assembly and National Theatre of Scotland challenges preconceptions about the most controversial sport of our time.

Written by acclaimed playwright Bryony Lavery, Beautiful Burnout premiered at the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2010, to huge public and critical acclaim. It also toured to America, Australia and New Zealand. This is the first UK revival.

The return of Beautiful Burnout with The National Theatre of Scotland will cap a unique hat-trick for Frantic Assembly’s artistic directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, who will have worked with all three of the UK’s National Theatres in one calendar year. Little Dogs, a co-production with National Theatre Wales, opened in Swansea in May 2012, while The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time will open at The National Theatre in London in Summer 2012. Scott and Steven also recently collaborated with Damon Albarn, Rufus Norris, Manchester International Festival, London 2012 Festival and the ENO on Doctor Dee.

Beautiful Burnout features the music of Underworld.

Frantic Assembly's celebrated physical style combines movement, design, music and text. Recent production highlights include Dr Dee (Manchester International Festival and ENO) Lovesong by Abi Morgan, Stockholm by Bryony Lavery, a radical reworking of Shakespeare's Othello. Frantic Assembly is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The National Theatre of Scotland is supported by the Scottish Government. Since its launch in February 2006, The National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating 181 productions in 156 different locations. With no building of its own, the Company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests. The company has performed to over 770,000 people, across three continents.

Underworld is Rick Smith and Karl Hyde. The duo have been making experimental and electronic music since meeting in Cardiff in 1980. Inspired by the nascent club scene in the UK in the early ‘90s, Smith and Hyde jettisoned the baggage of the previous decade and began bending and twisting the accepted formula of dancefloor records. Their other collaborations include the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the sci-fi epic film Sunshine, and the stage production of Frankenstein at The National Theatre (for which Underworld were nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Sound Design).


Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Wed 03 – Sat 06 Oct 2012, 7.30pm
Matinee: Thur 04 Oct, 2.30pm
Post Show Discussion: Thur 04 (evening only)
01752 267222

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
Tue 9 – Sat 13 Oct 2012, 7.30pm
Matinees: Thur 11 Oct, 1.30pm & Sat 13, 2.30pm
Post Show Discussion: Wed 10 Oct
024 7652 4524

Artsdepot, Barnet
Tue 16 – Fri 19 Oct 2012, 7.30pm
Matinees: Wed 17 & Fri 19 Oct, 2pm
Post Show Discussion: Wed 17 (eve only)
0208 369 5454

Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
Tue 23 – Sat 27 Oct 2012, 7.30pm
Matinee: Thur 25 Oct, 2.30pm
Post Show Discussion: Wed 24
029 2064 6900

Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee
Wed 31 Oct – Sat 03 Nov 2012, 7.30pm
Matinee: Thu 01 Nov & Sat 03 Nov, 2.30pm
Post Show Discussion: Thur 01 Nov (eve)
01382 223 530

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Tue 06 – Sat 10 Nov 2012, 7.30pm
Matinees: Thur 08 Nov, 1.30pm & Sat 10 Nov, 2pm
Post Show Discussion: Wed 07 Nov
0113 213 7700

Northern Stage, Newcastle
Tue 13 – Sat 17 Nov 2012, 7.30pm
Matinee: Sat 17 Nov, 2pm
Post Show Discussion: Wed 13 Nov
0191 230 5151

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Tue 20 – Sat 24 Nov 2012, 7.30pm
Post Show Discussion: Wed 21 Nov
023 8067 1771

Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
Tue 27 Nov - Sat 01 Dec 2012, 7.45pm
Matinees: Wed 28 & Fri 30, 2pm
Post Show Discussion: Wed 28 Nov (eve)
01482 323638


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