Theatre Uncut began as a conversation over a kitchen table about how to 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 by working with some of the most exciting established and emerging playwright to create short political plays. Our core aim is to make our innovative political new writing available for anyone to perform anywhere.
The backbone of Theatre Uncut is its participants. Their involvement is crucial, and the idea simple.
We ask playwrights to write brand new short plays in response to current political situations. These scripts are then made available for anyone to perform anywhere for a limited period. This creates the annual Theatre Uncut mass action event where the plays are performed simultaneously across the world.
These plays are there for all. So if you want to perform them with your theatre company, hold a reading in your local library, occupy a street of your town, perform them to passers by, hold an event in your university, your workplace, youth theatre or pub, or just read one with friends in your front room, then go to The Plays to find out how you can. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the necessary permission from the writer.
So far Theatre Uncut plays have been read and performed by over 6,000 people in 26 countries across 4 continents. Performances have happened everywhere from theatres in New York, community centres in Scotland, schools across England, universities 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 about our work. We want as many people as possible across the world involved, to make it clear that we will not sit in silence.
Plays by writers from abroad are available both 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.
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.
And thank you to all of the writers, actors, technicians, producers and everyone else who has made Theatre Uncut happen.
Emma & Hannah
It is important to mention that none of this would have been possible without the help of Mark Ravenhill, David Greig, Mel Kenyon, Libby Brodie and Sarah Brocklehurst.