Frantic Assembly present Andrew Bovell’s THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE at Lyric Hammersmith (before UK tour)
January 14, 2016  //  By:   //  News  //  Comments are off

Frantic Assembly presents Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True, an exciting international co-production with State Theatre Company of South Australia. It will receive its UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith from 10th September until 1st October 2016. A brand new commission written by leading Australian writer Andrew Bovell, Things I Know To Be True will enjoy its world premiere in Adelaide in May 2016, before being recreated for a UK tour later in the year.

Things I Know To Be True will be co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director Scott Graham and State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Geordie Brookman. Following an Australian premiere at Adelaide Festival Centre in May 2016, Things I Know To Be True will be recreated for the UK, with a UK cast, as State Theatre Company enters into its first ever international co-production.

As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations. 

Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.

Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.

Following its UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith, Things I Know To Be True will embark on a tour of the UK to towns and cities including Oxford, Warwick, Liverpool, Manchester and Chichester.

Andrew Bovell is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, for critically acclaimed plays including When The Rain Stops Falling, Speaking In Tongues and an adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, as well as screen work including Lantana and A Most Wanted Man.

Scott Graham, Artistic Director, Frantic Assembly, said, “I am so excited about collaborating with Geordie Brookman on Andrew Bovell’s beautiful work. The prospect of what we, and this fantastic creative team can make together is absolutely thrilling.

Geordie Brookman, Artistic Director, State Theatre Company, added, “I’m delighted to see years of conversation between Scott Graham and I come to fruition in the form of this international collaboration on a major new Australian play. Frantic Assembly is an incredibly exciting company, at the cutting edge of theatre making, and I’m thrilled that State Theatre Company of South Australia’s London debut will come in partnership with them on Andrew Bovell’s beautiful play.”

Andrew Bovell said, “Things I Know To Be True is about familial love, that which can hold you in the safest and strongest place possible and suffocate you at the same time. It is a powerful model, the nuclear family and it takes courage to reject it. The collaboration with Frantic Assembly allows this story to reach across continents to the UK and to remind each other just how similar we are.”

Casting for the UK premiere production of Things I Know To Be True will be announced in due course.

10 September – 1 October

Press Night Friday 16 September

Lyric Hammersmith

On sale from Thursday 14 January 2016

Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL

4 – 8 October

Oxford Playhouse

Tickets will go on sale in March 2016

11-12 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW
01865 305 305

11 – 22 October

Warwick Arts Centre

On sale from Friday 15 January 2016
Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, West Midlands, CV4 7AL
024 7652 4524

1 – 5 November

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse (Playhouse Theatre)

On sale from Wednesday 1 June 2016

Playhouse Theatre, Williamson Square, Liverpool, L1 1EL
0151 709 4776

8 – 12 November

The Lowry (Quays Theatre)

On sale from Thursday 10 March 2016
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
0843 208 6000

15 – 26 November

Chichester Festival Theatre (Minerva Theatre)

Friends on sale from Monday 25 January 2016 
General on sale from Thursday 28 January 2016

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex, P019 6AP
01243 781312

Running time approx 2 hours, including an interval
Contains strong language
Suitable for ages 14+