News Published 24 July 2012

Theatre Uncut Confirms Autumn Event

Mass participation in political theatre.

Catherine Love

Theatre Uncut, the participatory political theatre event that last year involved over 800 people across the country, has announced the dates for this year’s mass participation event.

Theatre Uncut’s collection of political plays will be made freely available for anyone around the world to perform between 12th and 18th November, with groups and individuals able to access the scripts through Theatre Uncut’s website. Theatre Uncut will also be hosting a flagship event at the Young Vic, where all 15 of this year’s plays will be staged over the week.

Following last year’s focus on the coalition government’s cuts to public spending, this year’s project has widened its scope to take in international perspectives, featuring plays from across the globe. The writers involved include Neil LaBute, Hayley Squires, Lena Kitsopoulou and Mohammad Al Attar, as well as returning contributors David Greig, Laura Lomas, Clara Brennan and Anders Lustgarten.

David Lan, artistic director of the Young Vic, says: “The world needs changing.  Theatre Uncut are hacking away at the corrupted underpinnings – in the good old tradition of Ibsen and Chekhov.  We’re very glad to have them with us for this season.”

Ahead of the mass participation event in the autumn, Theatre Uncut will be presenting a preview of this year’s new plays at the Traverse Theatre throughout the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as showcasing rapid response work from up and coming writers.

To find out more or to get involved, visit the Theatre Uncut website.

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Catherine Love

Catherine is a freelance arts journalist and theatre critic. She writes regularly for titles including The Guardian, The Stage and WhatsOnStage. She is also currently an AHRC funded PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, pursuing research into the relationship between text and performance in 21st century British theatre.

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