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Getting your hands on the rights to written materials is a long and complicated process, meaning that it is usually only established directors or those with lots of money are able to do. That's where Theatre Uncut comes in. Lyn Gardener from The Guardian says the organisation isn't just a performance, it's an idea'. And that idea is simple. Each year, Theatre Uncut invite leading playwrights to respond to current political issues in society, and then write a short stage play about it. These plays are then made available to anyone to perform free of rights for a limited period.

The performances are being held at the Young Vic between 19th-23rd November for 8. The writers involved in this year's project are Davey Anderson, Clara Brennan, Tanika Gupta, Kieran Hurley, Neil LaBute, Tim Price, and Mark Thomas. In addition, due to the upcoming referendum for Scottish Independence, Theatre Uncut has asked three Scottish playwrights to also take part. These include Rob Drummond, Lewis Hetherington, and AJ Taudevin. The theme everyone had to work with was 'Do we all get more right wing in hard times?'

The results ended in five short plays that will be performed back to back five nights in a row. Pick One is about three men who come up with a controversial way to solve America's problems; Capitalism is Crisis shows what happens when activists discover the power of money. Amanda explores the tough decisions faced by politicians, while The Wing pits father against daughter when their different reactions to austerity are confronted. Finally, Church Forced To Put Up Gates After Font Is Used As Wash Basin is a dark comedy about the owner of a right-wing newspaper who faces the wrath of displeased readers. There will be a post show discussion at the end of each event.
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When: 19th-23rd Nov
Phone: 020 7922 2922
Where: Young Vic Theatre
Cost: 8
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