Political theatre made for everyone, everywhere
Every year since 2011 Theatre Uncut have commissioned leading and emerging playwrights to create short plays that tackle political and social issues. We then release these plays, rights free, for anyone to perform anywhere, creating theatrical mass action events that engage people all over the world with the issues at the heart of the plays. so far over 6,000 people in 26 countries across 4 continents have been part of Theatre Uncut.
We have produced our own work at the Young Vic, Traverse Theatre and the Southwark Playhouse and have toured across the UK. We have created work in collaboration with DOT Tiyatro in Istanbul, Turkey and Teater GROB in Copenhagen Denmark and performed on Theater Row in New York City supported by the Carol Tambor Foundation. We have won two Fringe First Awards, the Herald Angel Award and the Spirit of the Fringe. After every performance of our work we hold a post show discussion, allowing the audience to add their own voices to the debate.
Theatre Uncut was established by Hannah Price in 2011, in response to the public spending cuts announced by the then UK coalition government. Hannah was aghast at the effect the cuts were going to have on the most vulnerable in UK society. With the help of Mark Ravenhill and David Greig, she brought together 8 of the UK’s most dynamic playwrights to create short plays in response to the cuts: Clara Brennan, David Greig, Dennis Kelly, Lucy Kirkwood, Laura Lomas, Anders Lustgarten, Jack Thorne and Mark Ravenhill.
Over 90 groups across the world took these plays and made them their own, performing across the UK and abroad. The week after the event finished hundreds of Theatre Uncutters took part in demonstrations and marched on Whitehall in protest against the cuts.
Emma Callander joined Theatre Uncut as a participant in 2011, directing the original plays at the Bristol Old Vic and the Arches in Glasgow. In 2012 she joined the company as Co-Artistic Director.
Visit the Mass Participation Map to see all of the events that have been held worldwide so far.
We strive to attract unusual audiences who want to be challenged and actively seek to engage in the world around them.
commissioned 63 short plays
by 49 writers
33 based in the UK
and 14 international writers
from 8 countries.
commissioned 2 provocations to devise new work from
And supported the work of 8 emerging companies
We have created 3 international collaborations with companies in Ireland, Turkey and Denmark.
Theatre Uncut productions have been performed at 10 venues across the UK
and 3 international venues.