HE’S a Huddersfield man with a big reputation in the theatre world.
And Steven Hoggett, who grew up in the town, will soon be back in Yorkshire with his theatre company, Frantic Assembly, and a revival of their hit boxing play, Beautiful Burnout.
The show plays the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds later this year.
Steven went to Huddersfield New College and for a time sang in Huddersfield Choral Society Youth choir alongside another big-hitting Huddersfield theatre talent, the director John Tiffany.
Steven is a founder member and co-artistic director with Scott Graham of Frantic Assembly, one of the UK’s leading physical theatre companies.
Scott and Steven have since performed in or directed all of Frantic Assembly’s work. The company has toured widely throughout the UK, building its reputation as one of the country's most exciting companies. Internationally Frantic Assembly has performed, created and collaborated in 30 different countries.
It has been a rewarding journey, not least for Steven whose talents were recognised in 2009 when he won a Best Theatre Choreographer Olivier award for his work on Black Watch.
He has also provided choreography for TV ads and music videos by artists including Goldfrapp and Calvin Harris.
Frantic Assembly first staged Beautiful Burnout by Bryony Lavery at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival two years ago. It also toured to America, Australia and New Zealand.
Now the company is reviving the show in a new collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland, the first UK revival. The new tour starts in Plymouth in mid autumn and arrives in Leeds in November.
Beautiful Burnout is a piece of highly physical theatre that immerses the audience in the explosive and sometimes controversial world of boxing.
The return of Beautiful Burnout with the National Theatre of Scotland will cap a unique hat-trick for Frantic Assembly’s artistic directors.
Steven and Scott will have worked with all three of the UK’s national theatres in one calendar year.
Little Dogs, a co-production with National Theatre Wales, opened in Swansea in May 2012, while the pair have worked as movement directors on a production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, which is currently running at the Royal National Theatre in London.
Scott and Steven also recently collaborated with Damon Albarn, Rufus Norris, Manchester International Festival, London 2012 Festival and the English National Opera on Doctor Dee.
In Beautiful Burnout, Taqi Nazeer will reprise his role as the young boxer Ajay. He is joined by Theatre Delicatessen regular Margaret Ann Bain, Black Watch stars Ali Craig and Keith Fleming, newcomer Stuart Ryan, Welsh actor and writer Matthew Trevannion and Julie Wilson Nimmo, star of Chewin’ the Fat and children’s television programme Balamory.
Beautiful Burnout features the music of Underworld.