Peter J Holland is the producer of the internationalLY renowned theatre company, Frantic Assembly.
Peter joined the company in May 2018 opening Fatherland by Scott Graham, Simon Stephens and Underworld’s Karl Hyde at the Lyric Hammersmith, a co-production with MIF, Lift and the Royal Exchange theatre.
In June 2019 Frantic Assembly announced a years worth of activity to celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary including a brand new touring production, I Think We Are Alone by Sally Abbott and co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham.
The company also announced a new production to headline Latitude Festival, Sometimes Thinking by Phil Porter, as well as a weekend takeover of the National Theatre’s River Stage festival in July 2019 with a programme including over 150 artists.
In September 2018 Peter produced The Unreturning by Anna Jordan, a Theatre Royal Plymouth co-production embarking on a UK National tour through out 18/19.
The Unreturning at the Everyman could be the most impressive piece of physical theatre you see this year.Subsequently the production has been nominated for a Broadway World Award for Andrzej Goulding’s Set and Video Design. - Liverpool Echo
Prior to Frantic Assembly Peter produced for the Lyric Hammersmith in West London.
Other productions whilst at the Lyric include but not limited to; Secret Theatre’s Stab In the Dark, Tipping the Velvet by Laura Wade and directed by Lyndsey Turner, the Lyric/Filter theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream UK/Australia/Ireland, Aladdin & Jack and the Beanstalk by Joel Horwood, the UK and Australian premiere of TERROR by Ferdinand Von Schirach, The Lyric/National Theatre of Ireland production of The Plough and the Stars and the Lyric/Pins and Needles production of Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas UK/Hong Kong.
Deserves a West End transfer - The Sunday Times on Terror
Previous to the Lyric, Peter was the General Manager for the Birmingham Stage Company. Working in their office on Regent St, London, he worked on UK touring productions such as James and the Giant Peach directed by Nikolai Foster, Phillip Pullman’s The Firework Makers Daughter, Bagpuss for Soho Theatre, George’s Marvellous Medicine, and the hugely popular Horrible Histories productions. Peter is also responsible for securing the rights for the Olivier Award Nominated production of David William’s Gangsta Granny which recently completed a two year tour and a West End residency at the Garrick Theatre.
Peter has extensive knowledge of producing and production management of international touring having overseen productions to New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Ireland and Australia.
Peter is a proud trustee on the board of Zest Theatre Company who celebrate their 10th year in 2017. Headed by Artistic Director Toby Ealden the company is celebrating their anniversary with a new immersive production ‘What Once Was Ours’ which gives voice to the generation of people who were too young to vote in the recent referendum picking up the 2018 Offie Award for Best Production.
Peter was recently invited to join the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.
Peter served as an Affiliate Award Panelist for the Olivier Awards in 2015 awarding Mike Barlett’s production of BULL at the Young Vic with the recognition for best new play in an affiliate venue.
Rebel Productions was set up by Peter in 2019 to explore individual theatre projects and comedy promotion.
I think we are Alone
I am currently producing the world premier of Frantic Assembly’s 25th Anniversary production, I Think We Are Alone by Sally Abbott.
As well as commissioning the formidable tour-de-force that is Sally Abbott to write the production, I am thrilled that Kathy Burke agreed to join us on this venture, co-directing the production with Artistic Director Scott Graham.
After years of discussion I was finally able to bring Designer Morgan Large (Joseph and his amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Wonderland) on board to design the production. I’m pleased to be working with Lighting Designer Paul Keogan after working with him on the Abbey Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith production of The Plough and the Stars. Sound Designer Ella Wahlstrom completes the team with Associate Director Jessica Williams touring the production.
I Think We Are Alone is a Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth production produced with Curve, touring from February 2020.
THE NATIONAL THEATRE RIVERSTAGE
I approached the National Theatre in 2018 to discuss becoming a partner organisation of their hugely popular outdoor festival, River Stage.
I’m delighted they agreed to give Frantic Assembly the keys to a whole weekend which I have now programmed to celebrate the company’s 25th Anniversary.
As well as giving focus to the company and our work including workshops demonstrations and new performances, we were keen to make sure the we could use this weekend as a platform for friends of the company to showcase their work. I’ve managed to recruit over 150 artists for the weekend including performers such as Declan Bennett, Kate Marlais, Karl Queensborough, Luke Brown Dance Co. Julie Blake from Erased Tapes, Honey Moon and many more.
The Full line up can be found on the National Theatre Website.
The weekend which was a huge success, both in performance and in attendance who joined us in public workshops, games, warm ups and performances. The weekend was beautifully documented in a commissioned piece by Ignition graduate Michael Lynch (scroll down to watch) which beautifully sums up the mood of the entire weekend.
After proclaiming it to be the ‘Best. Weekend. Ever’ Artistic Director brought the weekend to a close in front of a chorus of volunteers from across the country who had just performed ‘The Power of Love’. Graham went on to reach out to the public and those gathered to encourage people to ‘open a door to the arts to those who don’t realise this could be them’, in an unexpected speech he went on to discuss the importance of the arts and how keeping that door open is more relevant than ever in these uncertain political times.
A superb weekend. I am thrilled to have worked so closely with the National Theatre to achieve our ambitious weekend, and thank every single person who made such a special weekend possible.
The first series of the Frantic Assembly Podcast was a bit of an unknown for me, learning how to produce, promote and host the podcast across all major platforms. After being well received and available on iTunes, Sound Cloud, Acast and Spotify, it has been an adventure to commission a second series. I have also been keen to include more voices from the industry as the podcast has served as a useful access point to young people and those thinking about careers in the arts. The second series therefore will also feature guest slots from playwrights Anna Jordan and Sally Abbott, Director Neil Bettles, Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr and actors Papa Essiedu, Karl Queensborough and Joe Layton.
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