Morgan won a Fringe First last year for Splendour, which was also produced with the Paines Plough troupe. Frantic Assembly's team are co-presenting Tiny Dynamite, in a venture which unites two of the UK's more cutting-edge companies. The play follows two childhood friends with a shared past that comes back to haunt them one summer in later life. Meeting on the streets by chance, they repair to a remote cabin to try and rebuild their broken lives. However, a young woman chances to wander into their lives as a dark history threatens to repeat itself.
Abi Morgan's first play, Skinned, was performed at the Southampton Nuffield Theatre in 1998. Subsequent offerings included Sleeping Around (co-written with Mark Ravenhill), Fast Food (nominated for Manchester Evening News Best New Play), The Moment Is a Gift and Fortune. Another recent piece, Tender, is to play at the Birmingham Rep and Manchester Royal Exchange, ahead of a run at London's Hampstead Theatre.
Paines Plough have been committed to developing new British theatre voices since 1974. Funded by the Arts Council of England, they tour at least two new works per year and present regular rehearsed readings of others. Past productions include Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco, Splendour, Crazyhorse and Sarah Kane's Crave.
Founded in 1994, Frantic Assembly have toured extensively throughout the UK and played in 19 other countries. They have received five Time Out Critics' Choice awards, and present numerous workshops for younger participants. Past stage successes include Look Back In Anger, Sell Out, Hymns and Underworld.
The stage set for Tiny Dynamite features video projectors, relaying a series of images incorporated within the text. Choreography is directed by Paines Plough's Vicky Featherstone, with movement from Frantic's Artistic Directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett. Design is by Julian Crouch of Shockheaded Peter fame, with original music and sound from Nick Powell.
Following the Plymouth dates, the show calls at Dublin Fringe Festival, Manchester, Leeds, Crawley, London BAC, Darlington, Scarborough, Newcastle, Ipswich, Tunbridge Wells, Cambridge, Leicester, Nottingham, Eastleigh and Coventry.
- by Gareth Thompson