Theatre Uncut puts politics on the international stage

Lauren Crace and David Hounslow in The Wing. Photo by Richard-Davenport.
Lauren Crace and David Hounslow in Theatre Uncut’s 2013 production of The Wing. Photo by Richard-Davenport.

The work of five writers, each working with a political agenda, are to feature in Theatre Uncut‘s first national tour this autumn.

Theatre Uncut began in 2011 as a response to the cuts in public spending introduced by the coalition government.

Each year writers are asked to contribute original short political plays responding to world events.

This year playwrights Anders Lustgarten, Clara Brennan, Inua Ellams, Hayley Squires and Viv Franzmann have produced work under the umbrella of Knowledge is Power, Knowledge is Change.

Their plays are premiering at Edinburgh before touring. They will also be available to be performed by anyone anywhere, rights free, as part of the Theatre Uncut Festival in November.

They will appear at Oran Mor, Glasgow from 17 – 22 November; Soho Theatre, London from 25 November until 30 December; and Bristol Old Vic 3 – 6 December.

Groups or individuals wanting to perform the Theatre Uncut plays in their local community as part of the 2014 festival should visit www.theatreuncut.com for details.

Theatre Uncut plays have been performed by over 3,000 people in 17 countries across four continents and contributing writers include Mark Ravenhill, Lucy Kirkwood and Neil LaBute.

The theatre’s co-artistic director Hannah Price said: “It’s an exciting year of firsts for us: our first
international collaboration with Tiyatro Dot in Istanbul, our first UK tour, and for the first time we have been able to bring our writers together in a workshop process to explore ideas that they’re burning to write about – issues that affect us all.

“Once again, these short plays will be released across the UK and
beyond for anyone to perform anywhere; inspiring discussion, thought and action. We can’t wait to see what else 2014 brings.”

Fellow co-artistic director Emma Callander said: “Once again this year we have seen the need for Theatre Uncut to create provocative plays that raise vital issues about the world we’re living in.

“So we are proud to present work spanning the UK cuts, the Scottish referendum for independence and the threat to democracy in Turkey.

“We are hoping that people across the world will engage with these issues through Theatre Uncut plays available online throughout November.”

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