He has an affinity with the violence, the balance, the ritual, the grace and the power. He is indestructible.
Beautiful Burnout is about the soul-sapping three-minutes when men become gods and gods, mere men. It's about the second when the guard drops, that moment when the eyes blink and miss the incoming hammer blow.
Beautiful Burnout premiered at the Pleasance Forth as part of the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2010 before touring the UK in a co-production between Frantic Assembly and the National Theatre of Scotland.
Bryony Lavery's plays include Her Aching Heart (Pink Paper Play of the Year 1992) and A Wedding Story (2000). Her play Frozen, commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, won the TMA Best Play Award, the Eileen Anderson Central Television Award, and was then produced on Broadway where it was nominated for 4 Tony awards. She also wrote Last Easter, produced in The Door, and created adaptations of Uncle Vanya and A Christmas Carol as an associate artist for The REP. Stockholm, with Frantic Assembly, won the Wolff-Whiting award for Best Play of 2008. Recent work includes Beautiful Burnout for the National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly, which received a Fringe First at Edinburgh; The Believers with Frantic Assembly at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Tricycle; Kursk with Sound and Fury at the Young Vic and Sydney Opera House; Cesario for the National Theatre; Thursday at the Adelaide Festival; Queen Coal at the Studio, Sheffield; and an adaptation of Tales of the City/ More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin for BBC Radio 4. Forthcoming work includes stage adaptations of 101 Dalmatians for Chichester Festival Theatre; Brideshead Revisited for York Theatre Royal; and Picnic at Hanging Rock for ETT/Brink. Bryony Lavery is an honorary Doctor of Arts at De Montfort University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.