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Leading actor gives students a taste of theatre

07 February 2020  |  Darren Smith

An internationally-renowned theatre company’s interactive workshop left Year 10 GCSE drama students at Stokesley School inspired and bursting with ideas for their future productions and exams. A leading light in performing arts, the award-winning Frantic Assembly Theatre Company tours with productions across Great Britain and have worked in over 40 countries worldwide.

Steve Miller, a practitioner with Frantic Assembly, engaged 25 students in a fast-paced, four-hour-long devising and physical theatre workshop. Steve has enviable credentials. Having

trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he is best known for his role as Lenny Lyons in the long-running BBC drama Casualty. His other TV credits include Holby City and The Bill, alongside theatre works such as Twelfth Night, Sunshine on Leith, Richard 11 and Paradise Lost.

Steve commented: “Frantic Assembly deliver extensive learning and training programmes with a focus on devising theatre to give the students an appreciation of the way things work in a theatre company. It’s about giving them a relevant, hands-on experience which is outside of what they would usually explore.”

Frantic Assembly is studied as a leading contemporary theatre practitioner on five British exam programmes and is a recommended company on the Edexcel syllabus, which is studied at GCSE at Stokesley School.

Comments Rhianne Kent, Head of Drama at Stokesley School, says: “Frantic Assembly is the buzz word in the world of drama at the moment. After taking students to see their National Theatre London production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ I really wanted our students to benefit from their expertise and their thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre. It has been a wonderful experience for the students who, under Steve’s expert eye, devised their own physical works and gained confidence, coupled with valuable and relevant feedback from a highly-regarded practising actor. They have taken so much away from the session and will be able to apply their new-found knowledge and skills in future productions.”

To find out more about the Frantic Assembly Theatre Company please visit https://www.franticassembly.co.uk/

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