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Theatre Uncut announce the Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award

By yvkyle 14 May 2018

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The Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award aims to find the next generation of political playwrights who want to explore the big issues that affect our lives today.

Through the award Theatre Uncut are looking for brand new voices from all backgrounds that examine - in a full length play - the political in its widest sense, from the domestic to the global.

In an effort to reach talented writers from across the UK, Theatre Uncut has collaborated with The Sherman, Traverse Theatre and the Young Vic, utilising the diversity within each partner venues’ networks.

The writer of the winning play will receive an award of £9,500 including an agreement to option the production of the play to Theatre Uncut and the award partners. Submissions will open on 1st September 2018 and close 1st November 2018.

A longlist of 30 will be read by Theatre Uncut Artistic Directors Hannah Price and Emma Callander. A shortlist of 10 plays will then be read by the Artistic Directors of the partner venues Kwame Kwei Armah, Rachel O'Riorden and Orla O'Loughlin and the winner judged by the panel above with invited guests (to be announced soon).

Theatre Uncut also presented THE POWER PLAYS on 1 May, a new series of brand-new of short plays written by some of the UK's most dynamic female playwrights exploring the theme of power from the female perspective. The Power Plays are available to download from theatreuncut.com and can be performed by anyone anywhere free of charge for a limited period. Over 6,000 people have performed Theatre Uncut plays across 26 countries so far. Visit the Theatre Uncut Mass Participation Map to see how far these plays have reached so far and to upload information on your own Theatre Uncut event.

Theatre Uncut aims to provoke debate and galvanise action by making new political theatre available for everyone, everywhere.