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Beautiful Burnout


Thu 26 Jan 2012, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Fri 27 Jan 2012, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sat 28 Jan 2012, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sun 29 Jan 2012, 2:00pm–3:30pm
Sun 29 Jan 2012, 8:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Seymour Centre, Corner of City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • A Reserve Adult: $75.00
  • A Reserve Concession: $70.00
  • B Reserve Adult: $65.00
  • B Reserve Concession: $60.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Frantic Assembly and National Theatre of Scotland (UK).

Australian Premiere as part of Sydeny Festival.

"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 and directed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett.

From the sweat-and-sawdust world of a boxing ring, Beautiful Burnout is about those soul-sapping three-minute rounds that determine which young boxers become gods and which gods become mortal.

This award-winning collaboration between Frantic Assembly and National Theatre of Scotland is stunning audiences with the same raw truth and explosive physicality captured in their tale of the Scottish regiment, Black Watch, a huge hit of Sydney Festival 2008.

In Beautiful Burnout, Tony-nominated playwright Bryony Lavery gives voice to working class youth seeking transcendent ways to escape. An athletic cast sweats, skips and punches at the dreams and terrors of gifted young boxers. Told from the ring on a revolving stage, against banks of screens, this is spectacular storytelling choreographed to the pulsing heartbeat of music by Underworld.

Through broken hearts and broken heads, heart-rendering intimacies and knockabout comedy, Beautiful Burnout is total immersion in the world of boxing.