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"If you want to see 21st century live theatre at the raw peak of its powers, doing exactly what it does best... then just revel in the sheer improvisatory brilliance and eloquence of the latest Theatre Uncut season." Joyce McMillan, Scotsman, August 2012

Theatre Uncut won Fringe First awards at the 2012 and 2013 Edinburgh Festivals, as well as the Herald Angel and Scotsman Spirit of the Fringe awards in 2012.



“Theatre Uncut’s portmanteau of rights-free scripts get a satisfyingly thoughtful professional outing”
- The Stage

“Theatre Uncut invites you to connect with the zeitgeist and collect your thoughts around the defining issues of our day.”
- Edinburgh Guide ****

“Fifteen-minute plays stand or fall by the bank robbers’ creed of “get in quickly, do it and get out again as fast as you can”. Since debuting in 2011, Theatre Uncut has made a virtue of such brevity, inviting playwrights to create spontaneous bursts of drama inspired by political hot topics”
- The Times

“devilishly pointed satire … the perfect platform to showcase the writers’ works as well as advertise Theatre Uncut itself.”
“has the power to instigate debate and will provide much food for thought.”
- TV Bomb **** 

“extremely high quality”
“Anders Lustgarten’s The Finger of God is … a sophisticated, sharp-edged play that says a great deal about the psychology of poverty and corporations’ exploitation of it”
“Vivienne Franzmann’s The Most Horrific is simply excellent … In her hands, we are dragged into feeling sympathy for the people our media mostly ignores”
- Broadway Baby ****



“What began as a hand grenade has ended up as a cluster bomb…. [Theatre Uncut] ingeniously brings new technology to bear on traditional agitprop, combining live performance and instantaneous multiplication.”   - Susannah Clapp, The Observer

 “[the plays] are all vigorously performed by a cast of six and prove that drama always has extra bite and zest when it deals with big issues rather than the minor anxieties of the self-preoccupied.”   - Michael Billington, The Guardian

“The idea is not to produce perfect drama, but to seize on the nature of theatre as a public forum, to raise questions and stimulate debate. There’s a certain crispness in the air at performances, with the audience leaning forward, ready to engage.”   - Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

“There is no doubting the quality of the writing and each playwright presents his or her case with eloquence and astuteness. … a bold and commendable attempt to rally the troops.”   - Sean Brooks, British Theatre Guide

"Theatre Uncut calls itself a call to action – but that doesn’t stop it from being superbly enjoyable theatre. And because it’s superbly enjoyable theatre, the call to action is something you actually want to hear. It’s refreshing, exciting, inspiring and thoroughly entertaining."   - Ellie Buchdahl,

“It’s great to see theatre that’s edgy and experimental, more concerned with confronting current issues than providing slick entertainment”   - Gareth James blog


On Capitalism Is Crisis:

“well structured, with two deep and interesting characters.”   - The Upcoming

“Cole and Keenan are nothing short of brilliant”   - British Theatre Guide

subtle drama... the most thought-provoking work of the evening.”  - Financial Times


On The Wing:

“a fine performance from David Hounslow as an English Defence League bigot clashing with his liberal daughter”   - Gareth James blog

“Crace and Hounslow both give heartfelt, thoughtful performances… There is also a wonderful moment where we see a literal manifestation of what it means to be ‘right-wing’.”   - British Theatre Guide

“pulls off the best dramatic visual surprise.”   - The Observer


On Pick One:

“a characteristically daring piece… quietly chilling.”   - The Guardian

“slick, shocking and scarily realistic with moments of genuine disbelief from the audience.”   - British Theatre Guide


On Amanda:

“Kieran Hurley’s touching portrait of a politician sliding beneath the bath foam in her desire to block out the exhaustion of compromise”  - Financial Times


On Church Forced To Put Up Gates After Font Is Used As Wash Basin By Migrants:

what good satire should be: funny but it highlights an important political issue.”   - The Upcoming

a brilliantly written and witty piece on a newspaper editor, one who bore an extremely close comparison to Richard Desmond.”   - Huffington Post

“Mark Thomas's sketch … has gusto and attack and the most juicy passages”   - The Observer




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