Frantic Assembly – The Unreturning At OXFORD PLAYHOUSE

By Cait Sweeney at

Oxford Playhouse favourites Frantic Assembly make a welcome return to the Playhouse stage from Tuesday 26 February to Friday 1 March, with The Unreturning. A brand new co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth, The Unreturning follows Frantic Assembly’s phenomenal 2016 show Things I Know to be True, and truly gripping Othello.

A British northern coastal town. Three young men are coming home from war. Their stories, set at different times over the last 100 years, are beautifully interwoven in this compelling new play featuring Frantic’s award-winning combination of stunning writing, inventive stage design and celebrated physicality. The cast will include Jared Garfield, Joe Layton, Jonnie Riordan and Kieton Saunders-Browne.

The Unreturning explores the profound effect that war has on young lives, and asks – what does coming home really mean? What is home? And when experience has shattered you into a million pieces, will home help to put you together again, or treat you as an ugly truth it does not want to confront?

A scene from The Unreturning by Anna Jordan @ Drum Theatre, Plymouth. A Frantic Assembly & Theatre Royal Plymouth Production.
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This new work by Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner Anna Jordan will be directed by Frantic Assembly associate director Neil Bettles and marks the 10th anniversary of Frantic Assembly’s award-winning Ignition training programme.

Ignition is Frantic Assembly’s free, national training programme for young men aged 16-20. The programme seeks out talent in unexpected places, from sports groups to youth centres, and is committed to helping young men find their individual and collective strength. No experience of the arts is necessary to participate. Frantic collaborates with regional arts partners across the UK through its Taster and Trial workshops, from which 12 of the brightest and bravest young men are selected to form the Ignition Company. They then spend five days living and working together in London where they will create an original performance with Frantic Assembly. All four members of the cast for The Unreturning were part of the Ignition programme before they went on to train professionally and pursue acting careers.
Video and set design for The Unreturning is by Andrzej Goulding, sound design is by Pete Malkin with lighting design by Zoe Spurr and costumes by Lily Arnold. Jessica Williams is associate director.

Tickets for The Unreturning at Oxford Playhouse start at £10 and are available from the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at

Frantic Assembly – The Unreturning
Date: Tuesday 26 February to Friday 1 March 2019
Time: Tue to Thu & eves 7.30pm | Fri eve 8pm | Wed & Thu mats 2.30pm
Tickets: £10 to £30 | Discounts available
Age guideline: 16+