Maggie is known for their strong physicality as an actor in projects such as the RSC’s live motion capture production DREAM, the critically acclaimed one person show MAN TO MAN and HENRY V for Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in which they gave a high octane performance as the young King.

When not on stage or in the volume Maggie can be found regularly directing and movement directing on productions for drama schools including LAMDA (Women of Troy), MOUNTVIEW (Queen Margaret), THE LONDON SCHOOL OF DRAMATIC ART (Whale Music, Love & Money, Rabbit Hole) and at UNIVERSITY OF WALES TRINITY ST DAVID (Macbeth).

Maggie regularly works with the Drama Studio students at the LYRIC BELFAST and recently also with students at QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST on movement, physicality and devising.

Since 2015 Maggie has been working for the internationally renowned physical theatre company FRANTIC ASSEMBLY as a Learn & Train practitioner.

Maggie Bain & Felipe Pacheco – Photos by Scott Graham

Maggie first performed with FRANTIC ASSEMBLYin the 2012 UK Tour of BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT, playing the role of Dina Massie “The Battling Lassie”. This thrilling piece of highly physical theatre immersed the audience in the explosively visceral world of boxing and featured a soundtrack by UNDERWORLD.

FRANTIC ASSEMBLY are an internationally renowned theatre company inspiring innovative practice and unlocking creative potential. We tour extensively across Great Britain, and work in over 40 countries collaborating with some of today’s most inspiring artists.

Maggie’s projects for FRANTIC include co-directing BY DESIGN, a site specific immersive experience co-produced with THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST and the V&A MUSEUM. The piece was devised to be performed to mark the opening of the V&A’s Sackler Courtyard.

Maggie was also involved in FRANTIC’S first ever IGNITION FOR WOMEN project at OVAL HOUSE and the NATIONAL THEATRE RIVERSTAGE in 2019 and worked with “the chorus of others” in FATHERLAND at the LYRIC HAMMERSMITH in 2018.

With all theatres closed due to lockdown FRANTIC has launched FRANTIC DIGITAL, a brand new resource designed to take you behind the scenes of the Frantic Method; sharing insights into the creative and rehearsal process (Frantic Flashbacks), practical creative tasks (Frantic Create) and fun, production related warm ups that can all be safely tried at home.

Maggie sat down for a zoom call with Artistic Director Scott Graham to talk all things BEAUTIFUL BURNOUT for the very first Frantic Flashback. You can see the interview here.


A human shapeshifter, Bain moves between the different ages and stages of the principal character’s life, plus other figures in the narrative, with an ease and specificity that is exhilarating even as she breaks your heart. Physically (to say that she climbs the walls is no exaggeration), vocally and emotionally this is a beast of a role and Bain rises to the challenges magnificently. 


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Maggie doing the “flipping ladder” sequence in HENRY V


 BY DESIGN Trailer