Front Row Theatre, run by Fraser MacLeod, exists to bring high end performance art, in English, to southern Sweden. It also gives Fraser the opportunity to bring talented people together to create great theatre!
After having watched a great many plays in Swedish, where dialogue was not always understood by this native English speaker, Fraser realised the significant importance of a dynamic and visually intriguing performance. Use of the full depth and breadth of an acting area is central to Fraser’s visual philosophy.
Not afraid to challenge some of society’s norms, Fraser’s plays have been characterised by reflections on status within the complex realms of class, gender and age. What has been key, however, to his success is the belief that theatre should be accessible to everyone and a demand for high standards.
Fraser developed an interest in theatre early on in life, studying the theories of the art both at school and university as well as throwing himself into the emotionally challenging world of acting itself.
However, it wasn’t really until a reflective period post-thirty that Fraser truly started to develop himself as an all-round practitioner. A more relaxed attitude to acting, coupled with a little more life-experience, helped unlock more expressive and polished performances.
Rubbing shoulders with educated and experienced actors and directors began to have a lot of positive influence on Fraser and also helped him identify his own style. Fraser has since become a fully trained drama pedagogue and he has built experience as an acting coach.
His recent outings have seen him direct Ira Levin's Deathtrap and Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, as well as make star turns in The Pavilion by Craig Wright and Eric Bogosian's Suburbia, directed by Kasper Sejersen. He has also worked on mini-series Systrar 1968 and appeared in a Ture Butler music video.