Theatre Uncut is a simple idea, but we often get asked a lot of questions about how it works. As we are a small team of volunteers, running a sometimes impossibly ambitious project, we thought that answering some of the most frequently asked questions here would be useful...
How do I access the plays?
If you fill out the form on the page 2012 plays we will email the plays to you quick sharp.
Can I make any cuts to the plays?
No. These are the final drafts. It is Theatre Uncut after all. A lot of time and energy has gone into the creation of these plays so please leave them as they are.
Can we perform the plays before the 12th November?
No. The plays cannot legally be performed before the 12th November. By including the terms and conditions in your play request form you will be agreeing to this arrangement. This is simply to encourage everyone to create the mass week of interational theatrical action together.
Can we perform them after the 18th November?
Yes, but the rights will return to the writers at midnight on the 18th November so you will need to contact the writer's agent, of if they work independently from an agent, contact us with any requests to obtain performance rights.
Can we perform the 2011 plays this year?
Yes, but again the rights have been returned to the writers, so please visit the 2011 plays page to find each writer's agent contact details.
Can your team help organise my Theatre Uncut event?
We would love to help out with every single event across the world, but as we are a small team of volunteers we simply don't have the resources. So we will support you with all our hearts, but practically all we are able to do is supply you with the plays. It's up to you from there on in.
Can I charge for tickets to my event?
Ideally all Theatre Uncut performances would be free of charge, so that everyone has access to them, but we understand that this is not always possible. We had no choice but to charge for tickets for our previews at the Traverse and will also have to charge for the flagship performances at the Young Vic. We spend a lot of time working out how we can keep these ticket prices as low as possible though, so we ask that you do the same.
Do I have to include all of the plays in my event?
No. You are the curator, you can do just one, or the whole lot. You could focus on austerity, just look at the British plays, or programme an event of the international writers. It's up to you.
What happens if we make a profit?
It has been known to happen. We ask that all profit goes to our chosen charity this year Amnesty International
How do I contact other groups involved?
We have created the forum page and Theatre Uncut facebook page for you to make contact and have forum to support each other.
How do I find out about Theatre Uncut events in my area?
Take a look at the forum page, or facebook page for details of events near you.
Do you accept play submissions?
No. Each of our plays has been written specifically for the project on our request.
Can I write a play for Theatre Uncut?
The writers we choose are those whose work inspires us. We are always looking for new voices though, so if you are interested in writing for the project please send an example of your work to email@example.com
Why does everyone donate their time energy and skill to Theatre Uncut rather than getting paid?
This is a question we often get asked and the answer is simple, there are currently around 500 people working on Theatre Uncut around the world. We feel if one of us got paid then everyone should, and that would be one impossibly big budget. We all donate our time because we believe in the power of theatre to encourage positive social change.
Does anyone get paid at all?
No. Not even us.
Does Theatre Uncut receive any offical funding?
Not currently. Theatre Uncut has survived purely from the fees and box office takings from the flagship performances so far. Our bank account is usually £0.
Do you think it will make a differece?
We hope so.