Theatre Uncut 2013

Waterloo, GB

THEATRE UNCUT gets people thinking, talking and taking action on current social justice issues. 

"Theatre Uncut isn't just a performance, it's an idea: that theatre can be immediately responsive to world events, engender discussion and effect change." - Lyn Gardner, the Guardian

The idea is simple: We ask some of the world's most exciting playwrights to respond to current political situations by writing short plays. We then make the scripts available for anyone to perform, anywhere, rights-free for a limited period.

Over the past 3 years over 3,000 people have performed the Theatre Uncut plays across 17 countries in theatres, universities, community centres, homes, on the streets, on public transport, anywhere and everywhere.

"21st century live theatre at the raw peak of its powers, doing exactly what it does best" - Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

Theatre Uncut writers have included Mark Ravenhill, Lucy Kirkwood, Neil LaBute, David Greig, Tanika Gupta, Jack Thorne, Clara Brennan, Anders Lustgarten and Dennis Kelly as well as playwrights from Syria, Iceland, Greece, Spain and Egypt.

Until now Theatre Uncut has been an entirely voluntary organisation where absolutely everyone has donated their time, skill and energy. But this is no longer sustainable so we need your help. 

This autumn, we have staged a week of flagship performances of the new 2013 plays at the Young Vic in London, and have also co-ordinated the mass action period wherein the plays have been performed by other groups all over the world, rights-free, throughout the whole of November. Performances this year have taken place in locations as diverse as Birmingham, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Norway, Cairo, Prague, Bristol, in a prison in Castellón, Spain, across the USA including Virginia, Indiana and Oregon, and in Pretoria, South Africa.

Theatre Uncut is a not-for-profit organisation. Our crowd-funding so far has been used to help cover the costs of this year’s flagship production; offer some payment to the actors, designers, technicians, and producers that are working so tirelessly for us; and support the efforts of our amazing participation team who have been co-ordinating the activity taking place all over the world.

To continue Theatre Uncut’s work we need to raise the remainder of the target amount. This will go towards supporting the work of our Producers and Artistic Directors in creating Theatre Uncut’s 2014 events. Until this year, our third year, Theatre Uncut has been entirely voluntary.

So if you would like to see Theatre Uncut continue to provoke vital debate, and encourage positive artistic engagement with current social justice issues through making new writing of the highest quality available for everyone, everywhere, then please donate anything you can. Every penny counts. 

Sponsume is a very important part of our larger funding strategy, and allows us to formalise our relationship with those who wish to personally support us. We are very grateful to anyone who wants to support our work.

PLEASE NOTE that you can give any amount you wish - from £1 to the full amount! If you don't wish to choose one of the official donor levels, click "Back This Project" and simply enter your chosen amount instead.



This year, writers Davey Anderson, Clara Brennan, Tanika Gupta, Kieran Hurley, Neil LaBute, Tim Price and Mark Thomas all responded to the question:

Do we all get more right-wing in hard times?

AND we created a brand new devising model. Rachel Chavkin of acclaimed New York-based company the TEAM came up with a Recipe for people to use to create their own original Theatre Uncut piece.

We also commissioned a collection of short new plays looking at the issue of Scottish Independence, from three of Scotland's most exciting writers, Rob Drummond, Lewis Hetherington and AJ Taudevin.

A selection of six of the 2013 plays were performed at the Young Vic Theatre in London, 19-23 November. For more information, pictures and reviews of the flagship production, and also to see dispatches from performances elsewhere in the world, visit our Tumblr page.

All the Theatre Uncut 2013 plays were available to be performed rights-free between 1st and 30th November 2013.

For more information please visit

The owner of this project has not made any updates yet.


You have not said exactly what the money would be used for. How much on X; how much on Y. I'm not parting with any money unless I see a budget, a plan, expenditure forecasts etc.
Very little difference between being a Major Patron and a Champion - just two theatre tickets. Why not offer 50 tickets and make it a condition that anyone who uses your plays has to give 2 free tickets to a Major Patron?
Hi George, I know Emma has emailed you in more detail now, but just to respond in summary: Unfortunately we're not able to share our budget on our Sponsume page, or quote exactly what the Sponsume money will go towards, because it is still to be confirmed how much of the money raised here will need to go towards settling our production costs from the Young Vic, and how much will be able to support future development. It depends to some extent on the exact box office income figure, which is still being determined; but essentially our primary hope is to be able to use these Sponsume funds to pay the writers for their work, and at the end of the line to pay ourselves(!). And then to achieve a small pot of reserves to use for planning next year's projects; meaning that members of the core team will be better able to support themselves while they're undertaking essential Theatre Uncut work to set up our activity for 2014. Your suggestion of offering comps for other performances of Theatre Uncut, as well as for the flagship production, is an interesting one that we will do our best to implement for next year, though it is sadly too late to action it for the mass action period this year, as it is about to come to an end. Many thanks for your attention and considered advice. Corinne

Users details

Corinne Salisbury
Days to go
GBP £846
28% raised of our GBP £3,000 goal
This project ended on Friday, Dec 20th - 08:00

This project's deadline has now expired - you can no longer back these rewards

You cannot back this project, funding is now complete.



£10.00 or more : Receive a big thank you on all our online platforms.



£50.00 or more : Receive a big thank you on all our online platforms, and a credit in the show programme Plus a personal thank-you note from co-Artistic Directors Emma Callander and Hannah Price



£100.00 or more : Receive all of the above Plus receive exclusive quarterly creative bulletins from the Theatre Uncut team going forward, containing artistic insights, news and interviews.



£200.00 or more : Receive all of the above Plus a thank you in the published copy of the plays, a personalised limited edition bound copy of all of the 2013 plays, and an invitation to meet the cast and Artistic Directors post-show at the Young Vic.


Major Patron

£500.00 or more : Receive all of the above Plus a special thank you in the published copy of the plays, and two tickets to any performance of Theatre Uncut at the Young Vic (if pledge received at least two weeks in advance)