Frantic Assembly

Frantic Assembly Residency

Summary: A two-week training residency with Frantic Assembly in North Wales, culminating in performances of 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' at Hijinx Unity Festival

Date: Mon 19 June - Sat 1 July 2017

Venue for Residency: Nova Centre, Prestatyn

Venue for Performance: Galeri, Caernarfon

Price: £250

We are thrilled to announce that our next Residency will be with internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly  from 19 June - 1 July 2017. We are searching for performers for the physical theatre production 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger', appearing at this year’s Hijinx Unity Festival in Galeri, Caernarfon. 

This residency is an unmissable opportunity to train with Frantic Assembly, the renowned Movement Directors of hit West-End and Broadway show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

This two week training course will open up Frantic Assembly's devising process under the tutelage of Frantic Assembly Practitioners Jessica Williams and Krista Vuori. It will work towards and culminate with two performances of the Frantic Assembly/Hijinx physical theatre piece 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' at Hijinx Unity Festival in Caernarfon on 30 June & 1 July. 

Frantic Assembly creates thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre. Vivid and dynamic, Frantic Assembly's unique physical style combines movement, design, music and text.  The company attracts new and young audiences with work that reflects contemporary culture. 

This opportunity is suitable for performers, practitioners, students and anyone with an interest in performance and the working methods of Frantic Assembly and Hijinx.

An inclusive environment

If you have never worked alongside learning disabled performers, Hijinx Residencies are a fantastic opportunity to do so. A number of places at each course will be allocated to students from Hijinx Academies, our professional performance training course for actors with learning disabilities. Come ready to work in a lively, empowering and massively enjoyable environment.

Rehearsal Schedule 2017

19-23 June, 10am-5pm, training and rehearsals at Nova Centre, Prestatyn

w/c 26 June: Production Week

30 June & 1 July: Performances of Harder Better, Faster, Stronger at Galeri Caernarfon

Apply now

Applications are now being taken. To apply please read this Cover Letter then complete and return the Application Form. Deadline for applications is June 2017.

2013 Residency with Frantic Assembly

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger was originally created for Hijinx Unity Festival 2013, opening the Festival at Wales Millennium Centre with rave reviews. Have a look at the trailer:

About Frantic Assembly:

Frantic Assembly has always been about more than the work on the stage. It is about the ethos of collaboration, of empowerment, of that constant desire to improve. It is about telling stories in a voice we don't always hear and about finding talent in places we don't always look. Over the years the Frantic Method of devising theatre has helped people understand and make work throughout the world.

For more info visit the Frantic Assembly WEBSITE

Practitioner Biographies

Krista Vuori 

Krista is originally from Finland and works as a performer, movement director and creative practitioner in dance, theatre and circus. She  trained at The Northern School of contemporary dance and has an MA in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban. Krista joined Frantic Assembly in 2010 and was Associate practitioner for their productions Beautiful Burnout, Lovesong and Othello. She regularly delivers workshops, teacher training and creative residencies for the company in the UK and abroad. Projects include The Norwegian Actors centre(Oslo), Tom Todoroff Studios (New York), Stella Teatro (Ancona,Italy), Residencies at Southbank University and International schools in The Netherlands, Singapore and South Korea.  Movement Director credits include; Platform (Old Vic New Voices), Harder, Better, Faster,Stronger ( Hijinx Theatre)  Jumping Puddles (Open Clasp Theatre ), Home Sweet Home ( Freedom Studios) Associate Director for Red Shoes ( Upswing Aerial) and Movement Direction for Bedtime Stories (Upswing Aerial ). Krista has performed in works by Yolande Snaith (Royal Opera House), Luca Silvestrini (Greenwich international Festival)  and performed in Overture by Thickskin Theatre at the 35th Olivier Awards at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Recent work as a performer includes No Way Back (Frantic Assembly), Notorious ( The Famous ) and Alice, The Lost chapter ( Jolene English Dance theatre).

Jessica Williams

Jess trained at the London Contemporary Dance School. On graduating she joined ‘Transitions Dance Company’ at the Laban centre. She began working for ‘Frantic Assembly’ in 2012 as a practitioner and has worked nationally and internationally for the company. In 2014/15 Jess Toured the UK with The National Theatre in ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. In 2016 Jess became Associate Movement Director for Frantic Assembly for the USA tour production of Curious Incident. In 2017 Jess performed in  ‘This Will All Be Gone’, a new touring production for Frantic Assembly, Directed by Neil Bettles. She has also worked as Co-Director for the National Youth Theatre Wales, Assistant Movement Director for the National Theatre of Wales, and as Movement Director for Neontopia Theatre, Sherman Cymru and ‘Dirty Protest’ at the Royal Court and Almeida theatres. Jess has taught movement at the Royal academy of Music and the Oxford School of Drama and previously worked for Step into Dance and the Royal Academy of Dance.


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