Theatre Uncut
Political Theatre for Everyone Everywhere

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Political theatre made for everyone, everywhere

 Syrus Lowe in Fragile by David Grieg

Syrus Lowe in Fragile by David Grieg

 Phil Jupitus in London 2012: Glasgow by Kieran Hurley

Phil Jupitus in London 2012: Glasgow by Kieran Hurley

 Denise Gough in Blondie by Hayley Squires

Denise Gough in Blondie by Hayley Squires

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.

 Zawe Ashton in House Keeping by Lucy Kirkwood

Zawe Ashton in House Keeping by Lucy Kirkwood

 Lesley Hart and John Bett in Dalgety by David Grieg

Lesley Hart and John Bett in Dalgety by David Grieg

 Felicity Montagu in Hi Vis by Clara Brennan

Felicity Montagu in Hi Vis by Clara Brennan

We have:

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.


Theatre Uncut Would not EXIST without all of the writers, participants, actors, creatives, technical staff and producers that have given their time, energy and expertise to make it happen.

some particularly notable mentions are: VICKY GRAHAM, Mark ravenhill, David Greig, Libby Brodie, Mel Kenyon, Daisy Heath, Orla O'Loughlin, Sarah Brocklehurst, Mimi PoskiTt, Cat Tyre, Emily Reutlinger, Kirsty Housley, Rosalyn NEWBERy, Corinne Salisbury All at the southwark playhouse, the traverse, the young vic and the soho theatre, and our dedicated board.