UK playwrights fight government cuts

Theatre Uncut features work by Mark Ravenhill, David Greig, Lucy Kirkwood and Jack Thorne

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UK playwrights bite back over Government cuts

Scotland’s art scene seldom stands on ceremony and next month looks set to be just as impressive as Bedlam Theatre hosts a day of theatre, music and talk, as part of a nationwide stand against the Government spending review. Playwrights including Mark Ravenhill, David Greig, Lucy Kirkwood and Jack Thorne have all written special short plays in response to the cuts, the pearls of which will be showcased at various events and shows up and down the UK, as part of this special Theatre Uncut collective.

The idea was inspired by artistic Hannah Price, who having seen footage of the cuts on television was keen to fight back. Support came quickly, Price tells The List:

‘It’s that extraordinary thing where you hope that people are going to be as passionate as you are but there’s no way of knowing if others feel it too.’ Price needn’t have worried: eight playwrights have written pieces and people will interpret them across the UK on 19 March, National Debt Day.

‘Truly, I’ve been overwhelmed by the response. It’s about being part of a bigger voice, and people have really come from across the country to be part of that. It’s not just about art cuts; it’s about cuts to education, health, all of it: things that affect every single one of us, so hopefully everyone that comes along can relate to that.’

In Edinburgh, administrator Alex Cory was keen to pick up the gauntlet, and Bedlam will host events from noon, throughout the day, showcasing each of the short plays, alongside live music and debate. Says student Cory: ‘It feels amazing to be part of something so exciting. Students have been dragged through the mud of late with all the coverage on the marches in London, so it feels important to lend our voice to this in a really productive way, and hopefully people will come along, be enlightened and just have a great day.’

Theatre Uncut, Bedlam Theatre, Sat 19 Mar. See www.theatreuncut.co.uk

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