Synthetics - 80's

Synthetics was co-created by Ben Skevy and Mark Franks. Ben is a Professional Dancer and Personal Trainer & Fitness instructor. His credits include Lido De Paris, Never Forget, Elton John, Saturday Night Fever, Gina G, Ministry of Sound, Clothes Show Live, Diana Ross, Capital FM Rocks, and Take That to name a few. He is also a fully qualified Exercise to Music instructor (REPS2), Personal Trainer (REPS3), and Barre Instructor from London’s premier and original Barre Studio. Mark is 1/4 of the platinum selling, vocal harmony group The Overtones. He previously trained as a professional dancer performing with the likes of Gloria Estefan and The Pet Shop Boys. As well as his work with the band he now works as a Music Producer and remixer for artists including Steps and Pink. Synthetics was born through their mutual love of the 80’s decade and fuses an authentic Hot Gossip/ Solid Gold style Show, a Jane Fonda-esq workout with a RAD 80’s Soundtrack ! :)

Previous Clients

Missguided, Sweaty Betty, Soul circus Festival, Keenans Estate Agents, Proud Cabaret Embankment, Alexander Grace Law Crowwood Equestrian, It Girls, Well + Good NYC

They have worked with high end brands such as luxury sportswear label Sweaty Betty on their zero gravity and retro print wear launch in Wimbledon London, interviewed for fitness and wellness collective company Well + Good NYC as a leader in 80’s fitness and most recently, choreographed and was part of the creative direction team for Missguided’s brand new campaign #Lovethyself - The body positive sisterhood movement, challenging model perceptions. Here they brought the Synthetics 80’s workout ethos of fun and fitness for everyone and every body type which aligned perfectly to Missguided’s campaign message.

Over the summer period they did a series of pop up events such as our work with Soul Circus fitness festival, with a huge authentic 80’s freestyle aerobics workout (put together by Ben, a fully qualified fitness professional as a safe, effective modern way to exercise in the style of 80’s aerobics - with a fun theatre/dance element). They also launched Synthetics: The Show at The Underbelly Festival on London’s Southbank to huge acclaim. A spectacular mega mix and multimedia explosion of all things 80’s! With authentic retro choreography, 80's pop culture , mad cap comedy and nostalgic old school aerobics. The show is jam packed full of 80’s music, TV, movies, fashion and fitness from the era taste forgot.

They have 2 main options which are The Workout and The Experience.

The Workout

A perfectly mixed cocktail of nostalgic aerobics, retro dance moves to the classic soundtrack of the 1980’s. A cardiovascular workout that will sculpt each part of your body like its 1986. Think long, lean muscles, crop top worthy abs and a hot ass... 60 minutes of sweat, squats and spandex! A legitimate Cardiovascular workout with full body sculpting and toning burning around 800 calories! Expect plenty of grapevines, a dash of Jane Fonda and a step touch in your Reebok freestylers ! Come dressed in your best 80’s workout glam and join the party… There’s an arm circle set with your name on it !

The Experience

A spectacular mega mix show and multimedia explosion of all things 80’s! With authentic dance choreography, 80's pop culture , mad cap comedy and old school aerobics. This show has got it all ! Let Synthetics take you back to 1986 and join our very own aerobics sensation Jane or Johnny Funda Flash and their crazy crew in the making of Synthetics first live VHS recording of an Aerobic workout. Follow Brad, Mindy, Eileen, Allan and Daphne through the making of this 80’s workout video and see what trials and tribulations are in store. The show is packed full of 80’s music, TV, movies, fashion and fitness from the era taste forgot. Prepared to be WOW’ed by their choreographed dance, comedy and aerobic extravaganza then get your leg warmers ready as they are known to sprinkle a bit of Jane Fonda over the audience too ;) ... Have u got what it takes ?!

They also work closely along side their clients and their brief, creating something completely bespoke to the event in hand, creating endless options. A fabulous 80’s cocktail combo of both options from above perhaps, maybe a few 1980’s routines to fit an event theme or celebration - 80’s power suited, shoulder padded business ladies in a Dynasty Carrington Colby Overload ! Or possibly some sockless pastel suited Miami Vice, legwarmered and head banded Kids from Fame or the classic… - a Jane Fonda Workout VHS takeover to name but a few ideas. They can add a short audience participation aerobic style fun workout to some 80's show dance numbers or perform a full 80’s theatre show or go for their real authentic 80’s aerobic fitness experience and take the 60 min legitimate aerobic class; perfect to use for your next music or fitness festival, corporate party or a team building event.

They can cater to all budgets with various packages, so drop us a line with your requirements/thoughts and enquiries then together we can create some magic for your event!


Thanks Synthetics for transporting me back to the 1980’s with your amazing work-out show! We loved dancing along to your incredible 80’s mega mix. I was surrounded by excited audience members shouting  ‘OMG I love this song!’ " - Tracy Dennis - IT Girls

What better to launch a new line of our zero gravity leggings and bright summer retro prints with Synthetics - The best retro workout guys ever! Sweaty Betty love Synthetics - we can wait to work together again - Sophie K - Sweaty Betty

Wow! The best team building event we have ever had. What an incredible show and the workout was another level! Phew, I don’t know where they find all that energy. If you need anything 80’s these guys can provide it all. They are so knowledgeable on the era, such fun to work with, extremely professional and the most authentic 1980’s act on the event scene... every song, look, quote, reference was perfect! (Believe me, I looked long and hard to find one) We have already booked them for our event next year(by popular demand from our staff)  - Paul Keenan, Keenans Estate Agents

Underbelly Festival Southbank has also become home to the best and alternative musicals and this summer will only enhance its reputation . . . Synthetics - The Ultimate 80’s Workout Experience - An immersive 80’s workout with a banging soundtrack  - Broadwayworld