January 22, 25, 29 at 2pm
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Frantic Assembly and National Theatre of Scotland (UK)
'A technical knockout, bringing to life the sweat and poetry of boxing' The Sunday Times
‘A brilliantly acted exploration of what makes boxers box and what happens when a shooting star shines brightly and falls to earth.' The Guardian
‘Like Black Watch before it, Beautiful Burnout has all the ingredients of a knock-out hit.' The Independent
Written by Bryony Lavery
Directed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett
Sweat, punches, blood and banter. They all fly in this gritty and explosive piece of physical theatre about the most controversial sport of our time.
The square circle - where a single punch can make dreams come true, or leave them pulverised on the canvas. For four young men and one woman from the mean, grey streets of Glasgow it's that simple, and that hard. But which stars will shine and which ones will fade into darkness?
Returning to the Festival after their 2008 hit Black Watch, the National Theatre of Scotland joins forces with masters of physical theatre Frantic Assembly for this knockout production. Authentic to the extreme, Beautiful Burnout's young cast spent months in training so every jab, hook and uppercut feels flinchingly realistic.
With the audience seated around a boxing ring, Beautiful Burnout unfolds to the throbbing electronic beats of Underworld. The sublimely choreographed training and fight sequences simply ooze adrenaline, and the climactic scene - a fight played out in both frantic full-speed and incredible slow motion - is simply breathtaking.
Whether you see boxing as the ‘noble art' or barbarian brutality, the pace and passion of writer Bryony Lavery's Beautiful Burnout will leave you gasping for air.
Get your seat ringside.
CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTING
Steven Hoggett (Director) appears as part of our free talks program Microscope: Festival Artists in conversation with Caroline Baum.
The performance on Sunday January 29 at 2pm will be audio described.
The performances on Sunday January 22 at 2pm & 8pm will be Captioned for people who are deaf or hearing impaired.
Company/production special thanks and acknowledgements
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