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Theatre Uncut was founded by Hannah Price in 2010, in response to the cuts announced to public spending by the then UK coalition Government. 

She asked leading playwrights to respond to the proposed austerity measures and released the resulting short plays, rights free, for anyone to perform anywhere.

In that first year 90 groups performed the pieces in the first 'Mass Action Week'.

Since the arrival of our Co-Artistic Director Emma Callander in 2012, Theatre Uncut plays have been performed by over 6,000 people in 25 countries across 4 continents. Performances have happened everywhere from theatres in New York, to community centres in Scotland, schools across England, universites in South Africa, on the streets in Spain, on public buses in Mexico, and village church halls in Wales.

We have worked with playwrights from across the world to respond to global political and social issues. We have produced our work at the Young Vic, the Southwark Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman, the Marlowe Theatre and the Traverse winning two Fringe Firsts, a Herald Angel and a Spirit of the Fringe Award.

The backbone of Theatre Uncut is its participants. Our plays are there for anyone and everyone.

Emma & Hannah

We want to mention that none of this would have been possible without the help of Mark Ravenhill, David Greig, Mel Kenyon, Elin Morgan, Libby Brodie, Sarah Brocklehurst and a long list of incredible supporters and most importatly the playwrights we have worked with so far...

Mohammad Al Attar (Syria), Davey Anderson, Clara Brennan, Marco Canale (Argentina), Rachel Chavkin (USA), Caryl Churchill, Derem Ç─▒ray (Turkey), Ryan Craig, April De Angelis, Blanca Domenéch (Spain), Rob Drummond, Inua Ellams, Tim Fountain, Vivienne Franzmann, Chris Goode, David Greig, Hakan Günday (Turkey), Tanika Gupta, Lewis Hetherington, Kieran Hurley, Dennis Kelly, Lucy Kirkwood, Lena Kitsopoulou,(Greece), Hannah Khalil, Neil LaBute (USA), Laura Lomas, Anders Lustgarten, Sabrina Mahfouz, Hattie Naylor, Gbolahan Obisesan, Aleksa Okanovic (Denmark), Berkun Oya (Turkey), Julia Pascal, Evan Placey, Tim Price , Joan Rang Christensen (Denmark), Mark Ravenhill, Atiha Sen Gupta, Stef Smith, Andri Snær Magnason and Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson (Iceland), Laila Soliman (Egypt), Sarah Solemani, Hayley Squires , Henrik Szklany (Denmark), AJ Taudevin, Mark Thomas, Jack Thorne, Ayfer Tunç (Turkey)