Theatre Uncut tackles global issues on stage
Theatre Uncut 2012 will present another "international week of theatrical action" in November featuring works from David Greig, Neil LaBute and others.
Theatre Uncut was created in 2010 to provide a theatrical response to the cuts in public spending outlined by the coalition government, which resulted in a collection of eight plays by writers including Denis Kelly, Mark Ravenhill and David Greig that could be downloaded and performed by anyone free from royalties for a limited time in March 2011.
This year's event will run from 12 to 18 November when the plays will be performed at the Young Vic in London and will be available to perform by anyone else across the world.
The plays so far announced are A Chance Encounter by Mohammad Al Attar (Syria), Spine by Clara Brennan (UK) , The Birth of My Violence by Marco Canale (Spain), Dead Point by Blanca Doménech (Spain) , Dalgety by David Greig (UK) , London 2012 : Glasgow by Kieran Hurley (UK), The Price by Lena Kitsopoulou (Greece) , In the Beginning by Neil LaBute (USA), The Breakout by Anders Lustgarten (UK), Indulge by Andri Snær Magnason and Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson (Iceland), 250 Words by Stef Smith (UK) , Blondie by Hayley Squires (UK) and Yesterday by Helena Tornero (Spain). Three more plays are to be announced in late October.
Theatre Uncut co-artistic director Emma Callander said, "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 honoured 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."
For more information and to download the plays, see the Theatre Uncut web site.