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Frantic Assembly teams up with university to offer MA

A scene from Frantic Assembly's The Believers. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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Physical theatre company Frantic Assembly is to partner with Coventry University to deliver a postgraduate qualification in theatre-making.

The two organisations claim this marks the first time a professional theatre company has been involved in the creation of a master’s degree programme in the UK.

The one-year Collaborative Theatre Making MA course will see Frantic Assembly lead “intensive, practical performance projects”, which will feature alongside supporting seminars, research events and master classes run by the university.

The theatre company will lead modules on devising work and engaging with young people and communities and will also work with students to create a public performance.

Costing £14,500, the course will begin in January 2015 and will offer professional level training for 26 full-time students from all disciplines, including actors, directors, writers, dancers, choreographers, composers and musicians. It will be taught in London and Coventry.

Scott Graham, artistic director of Frantic Assembly, said: “My ambition is that this MA will produce a creative environment where artists are encouraged to think beyond genre and their own areas of expertise in their theatre-making. It provides exciting opportunities for the participant to develop their practice and understanding, to develop a total theatre approach and open up the potential of devising theatre with highly skilled collaborators.”

Coventry University will run a taster workshop on the new MA course in London on July 11 to give potential students the opportunity to work with Frantic Assembly and to find out more about the course.

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