"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
Theatre Uncut was created to get people, thinking, talking and taking action.
The idea is simple. We ask leading playwrights to respond to the current political situation by writing short plays. We then make these available for anyone to perform anywhere rights free for a limited period.
Over the past 3 years Theatre Uncut plays have been performed by over 3,000 people in 17 countries across 4 continents.
"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.
THE THEATRE UNCUT 2013 PLAYS
This year we extended the Theatre Uncut Mass Action Festival to the whole month of November. The 2013 plays could be read and performed free of charge any time between the 1st and 30th November 2013, with a mass action day taking place on Saturday 23rd November.
We set our writers a provocation this year, 'Do we all get more right wing in times of austerity?'
The plays responding to this question were written by: Davey Anderson, Clara Brennan, Tanika Gupta, Kieran Hurley, Neil LaBute, Tim Price and Mark Thomas.
We also wanted to give your more freedom in creating your own Theatre Uncut pieces, so we asked Rachel Chavkin, Artistic Director of the TEAM to create a recipe of provocations to devised your own short Theatre Uncut piece.
Plus, with the referendum on Scottish Independence on the horizon we thought it was important to ask three of Scotland's most exciting writers, Rob Drummond, Lewis Hetherington and AJ Taudevin to respond to the question of whether Scotland should become an independent nation.
Now that the rights-free period has passed, the rights have reverted back to the writers, so if you wish to read or present any of the 2013 plays, you are now required to contact email@example.com to arrange permission with the writer and their agent.
YOUNG VIC FLAGSHIP PRODUCTION
We are proud to have presented a selection of the 2013 plays as our flagship production at the Young Vic this year, 19th - 23rd November.
THE PLAYS WERE:
'The Wing' by Clara Brennan
'Amanda' by Kieran Hurley
'Pick One' by Neil LaBute
'Capitalism is Crisis' by Tim Price
'Church Forced To Put Up Gates After Font Is Used As Wash Basin By Migrants' by Mark Thomas
Cast: Emmanuella Cole, Lauren Crace, Rina Fatania, James Hillier, David Hounslow and Rory Keenan
Directors: Emma Callander and Hannah Price
Plus we presented a new devised piece from a different company every night - all created using the "recipe" of provocations from Rachel Chavkin of American company the TEAM:
Tues 19th - Boiling Point
Weds 20th - Le Mot Juste www.lemotjustetheatre.com
Thurs 21st - Dumbshow www.dumbshow.org
Fri 22nd - Curious Directive www.curiousdirective.com
Sat 23rd - Metta Theatre www.mettatheatre.co.uk
Designer: Tim McQuillen-Wright
Sound Designer: Ed Lewis
Video Designer: Duncan McLean
Lighting Designer: Nicki Brown
Lighting Supervisor: Laura Choules
CLICK HERE TO SEE A MAP OF THEATRE UNCUT EVENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED ALL OVER THE WORLD SO FAR