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"Theatre Uncut isn't just a performance, it's an idea: that theatre can be immediately responsive to world events, engender discussion and effect change." Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

The idea is simple. We ask leading playwrights to respond to current political situations by writing short plays.

We then make these available for anyone to perform anywhere rights free.

Over the past 4 years Theatre Uncut plays have been read and performed by over 6,000 people in 26 countries across 4 continents.


APATHY by Chris Goode - a new piece to mark the UK general election

Theatre Uncut launched this specially-commissioned piece of work by Chris Goode, to mark the 2015 general election.

Apathy is the story of 15 characters all aged between 18 and 22 who had their first opportunity to vote in a general election on 7th May 2015.

Apathy is a unique theatrical creation designed to encourage people to consider their sense of social responsibility leading up to the 2015 general election. It can be read on its own, or used as a provocation to devise performances which explore its themes, or as a starting-point for debate.

Thank you to everyone who downloaded, worked on and performed the piece over these last weeks. The rights-free period for Apathy has now passed. For any information on the piece please email




Offstage Theatre in association with Theatre Uncut presents Walking the Tightrope, a selection of 12 short plays exploring freedom of expression in the UK arts. These plays are written in response to issues of censorship and boycott that arose due to the cancellation of cultural events at the Underbelly, Barbican and the Tricycle in 2014. 

We are honoured to have such a stellar group of writers who have contributed:

Caryl Churchill, Ryan Craig, April De Angelis, Tim Fountain, Hannah Khalil, Neil LaBute, Hattie Naylor, Gbolahan Obisesan, Julia Pascal, Evan Placey, Mark Ravenhill and Sarah Solemani.

The plays were premiered at the new Theatre Delicatessen base in the old Guardian Offices in Farringdon, from 26th Jan to 1st Feb 2015.

Each performance was followed by a discussion with invited guests.

Selected plays from the Walking the Tightrope project were also made available for anyone anywhere to read and perform, rights-free, during the period 2nd to 9th February 2015. 

Watch this space for news of our future plans for 'Walking The Tightrope'.



Thank you to everyone who got involved with Theatre Uncut 2014. We had a record number of participants. This year's plays were downloaded by 382 people in 26 different countries.

Here's a map of everywhere the plays have been read and performed:



The Theatre Uncut team work hard year-round to make these plays available for people all over the world to perform rights-free, so if you are able to make a donation towards our continued work it would be deeply appreciated. 

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"21st century theatre at the raw peak of its powers doing exactly what it does best." Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

Winner of the Fringe First 2012 & 2013, Herald Angel and Spirit of the Fringe awards and shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012.