Discover Theatre Uncut

Nov 24 2014 | By More

Rights-free experiment coming to Discover 21

Three of this year’s Theatre Uncut pieces are being performed on Wednesday 26 November at Discover 21 by local grassroots company Urban Fox.

Theatre Uncut 2014 (information) 2This is the third year that Urban Fox has taken part in Theatre Uncut and, as has become traditional with the company, the performances will be followed by cake and discussion.

Direction of the three pieces will be by Amy Gilmartin and Jo Rush, who have been working together for several years, as well as in their individual projects. There will be two performances of the pieces, at 1pm and 7.30pm.

Amy Gilmartin told Æ: “Jo and I love that Theatre Uncut gives us the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other and work collaboratively. We chose to do those particular plays as they are challenging, complicated and excite us as theatre makers.”

The annual Theatre Uncut project is run by artistic directors Emma Callander (currently at the Traverse) and Hannah Price. Every year they ask playwrights to write short scripts which respond to events happening in the world around them. After script-in-hand readings at the Traverse during the fringe, these are then made available rights-free for performances over a limited time.

Knowledge is Power

This year’s scripts take up the theme “Knowledge is Power, Knowledge is Change”. Five scripts are available but Urban Fox has chosen to take up only three: The Finger of God by Anders Lustgarten; The Most Horrific by Vivienne Franzmann (co-commissioned by Bristol Old Vic); and Ira Provitt and the Man by Hayley Squires.

Gilmartin added: “The theme this year is massive, potentially overwhelming, but does include so much to discuss and debate, and by focussing on three plays we hope we can engage our audience in these debates.

“Anders Lustgarten’s play The Finger of God, is the most naturalistic in style, although pushes reality into something that feels like it could happen. Ira Provitt and the Man by Hayley Squires shows a man’s poignant argument between himself and his conscience. The Most Horrific by Vivienne Franzmann is a complicated look at how we process and become overwhelmed by the news – we can’t wait to get our teeth into it!”

The event is curated and directed by Amy Gilmartin and Jo Rush. The cast will include Joseph Brown, Joe Johnson, Heather Haddow, Gerry Kielty, Chris Lawrence, Emma-Christina McLean, Gerry Miller and Clare Ross.

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Theatre Uncut 2014 from Urban Fox
Discover 21, St Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, EH7 6AE
Wednesday 26 November 2014
Performances at 1pm and 7.30pm.
Tickets £5 on the door
(Ticket price includes cake and a hot drink. All profits from the production go to Amnesty International)


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