A collection of new political plays by preeminent writers Davey Anderson, Clara Brennan, Rob Drummond, Tanika Gupta, Kieran Hurley, Neil LaBute, Tim Price, AJ Taudevin and Mark Thomas have been made available to perform rights free throughout the world during November, a limited period of simultaneous theatrical action. In Bristol performers, directors, creative teams, community groups, venue owners and many others have taken to the task with relish, many of which are to be presented in a mini-festival of events curated by Theatre Uncut Bristol.
The Fringe First/Herald Angel award-winning Theatre Uncut was originally formed in 2010 in response to the announced cuts in public spending and the 2011 plays were performed all across the UK. In 2012 writers from Syria, Greece, Spain, Iceland, Egypt and the USA penned short dramatic responses to the political and economic challenges facing their own countries and Theatre Uncut performances happened across the world. So far over 3000 people have performed Theatre Uncut plays in over 17 countries across 4 continents.
This year the public were asked what they thought needed addressing and the many responses were distilled down to this question: “Do we all get more right wing in hard times?”
Theatre Uncut also felt it was important to discuss the imminent referendum on Scottish Independence so a collection of plays within Theatre Uncut 2013 explore that also.
Throughout November, you’ll find Theatre Uncut Bristol unfolding in various guises at Parlour Showrooms (Wed 6 Nov), The Trinity Centre (Thurs 14 Nov), Tobacco Factory (lunchtime; Fri 22 Nov) and Bristol Old Vic (Thurs 28 Nov). Find out what you can see, and how you can put on your own event by visiting: theatreuncutbristol.org
“Theatre Uncut was created to raise debate and galvanise action around political issues that affect all of our lives. We do this by making our plays available to as many people as possible. We feel honored to be working with writers of such high calibre and it thrills me that performances of these powerful short plays will be happening simultaneously across the world, from Scarborough to South Africa. With the continued cuts to public services in the UK, against a landscape of civil unrest and enforced austerity across the world, the need to speak out in resistance is stronger now than ever before.” — Theatre Uncut Co-Artistic Director Emma Callander