It's all very well going on about Brecht and Boal, but how can we theatrically respond to today's political situation?
Theatre Uncut began as a conversation over a kitchen table about how we could respond to the brutal cuts in public spending that were being outlined by the UK coalition government in October 2010.
Since then we have been responding to political events happening all over the world through making high quality new writing available for anyone to perform anywhere.
The idea is simple.
We ask playwrights to write brand new short plays in response to the current political situation. These scripts are then made available for anyone to perform anywhere for a limited period to create the annual Theatre Uncut mass action event where the plays are performed simultaneously across the world.
These plays belong to you, they were written for you. So if you want to perform them with your theatre company, hold a reading in your local library, occupy a street of your town and perform them to passers by, hold an event in your university, your workplace, youth theatre, or just read one with friends in your front room then go to The Plays to find out how you can. The 2012 plays are in the process of being published and will ab available soon, the 2011 plays have been pubished by Oberon and can be purchased here.
If you are looking to perform any of the plays outside of their rights free period then you are legally obliged to contact email@example.com to obtain the necessary permission from the writer.
The question we have posed to our writers in 2013 is "Do we all get more right-wing in hard times?".
The 2013 plays are now available to download free of charge here and can be performed right free from the 1st - 30th November.
So far Theatre Uncut plays have been performed by over 3,000 people in 17 countries across 4 continents. Performances have happened everywhere from theatres in New York, community centres in Scotland, schools across England, universites in South Africa, on the streets in Spain, on public buses in Mexico, to village church halls in Wales.
Spread the word. If you know of anyone who might be interested in sharing conversations about current events through theatre then let them know these plays are available. We want as many people as possible across the world involved, to make it clear that we will not sit in silence.
The plays are all available in their original language and in English. We are always looking for translators so do get in touch if you would like to translate any of the plays into your own language.
The writers that have generously written plays for the project so far are (in alphabetical order)
Mohammad Al Attar (Syria)
Clara Brennan (UK)
Marco Canale (Argentina)
Blanca Domenech (Spain)
David Greig (UK)
Kieran Hurley (UK)
Dennis Kelly (UK)
Lucy Kirkwood (UK)
Lena Kitsopoulou (Greece)
Neil LaBute (USA)
Laura Lomas (UK)
Anders Lustgarten (UK)
Mark Ravenhill (UK)
Stef Smith (UK)
Andri Snær Magnason and Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson (Iceland)
Laila Soliman (Egypt)
Hayley Squires (UK)
Jack Thorne (UK)
Helena Tornero (Spain)
Andrew White (USA)
We are always open to new ideas and suggestions, please get in touch and tell us what social issues are important to you and what writers you would like to hear from.
Emma & Hannah
It is important to mention that none of this would have been possible without the help of Mel Kenyon, Libby Brodie and Sarah Brocklehurst.