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Theatre Uncut: The Anthology

Theatre Uncut: The Anthology

A Response to the Countrywide Spending Cuts

David Greig, Dennis Kelly, Clara Brennan, Lucy Kirkwood, Laura Lomas, Anders Lustgarten, Jack Thorne, Mark Ravenhill

Oberon Books

'Aesthetically… the pieces are varied in tone and approach. Succinct and stirring.' – Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

"Theatre with a political message that is well-written, well-acted, well-produced and engaging beyond its message, is a rare thing indeed. But that is what we found at the Soho Theatre with Theatre Uncut....unmissable" - Beat Magazine

"'The plays may be short, but there are no duds and several have real force. If, during the 1980s, playwrights often seemed silenced by Thatcherite cuts, this new generation are finding their voice and channelling their anger… These plays may be bite-sized, but they bite back." – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"It would be nice to feel that members of the coalition government would take the time to read this short book. The experience could change not only their own lives but those of so many of their constituents." - British Theatre Guide

Across the UK thousands of people are involved in protests and debates, sparked into action by the largest cuts to public spending since WWII – cuts which are the turning point of a generation, undermining the welfare state, higher education and the arts in one fell swoop. Theatre Uncut is a national theatre event in response to these cuts, bringing together some of the UK’s leading dramatists.

Drama groups, universities, youth clubs and theatre companies nationwide joined the event, staging their own versions of the shorts in a national theatrical uprising. Now published in this new collection, Theatre Uncut contains these short plays, addressing audiences who want to think about what the budget cuts really mean, and who they are really hitting. A debate is underway. Protest might begin, minds might be changed, views challenged, ideas formed. Theatre Uncut is a response to a situation that we cannot control, and over which we had no say.

Contributing authors: David Greig, Dennis Kelly, Clara Brennan, Lucy Kirkwood, Laura Lomas, Anders Lustgarten, Jack Thorne, Mark Ravenhill

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