“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
Every year Theatre Uncut makes exclusive new short plays available for anyone to read and perform, anywhere in the world for limited periods.
Heads Bodies Legs have previously staged two Theatre Uncut events with proceeds going to Amnesty International. In February 2015, Heads Bodies Legs staged selected plays from the “Walking The Tightrope” project, which explored censorship, boycotting and freedom of expression in the arts. Arising from events and decisions made by Underbelly, Exhibit B and Tricycle in 2014, this assortment of plays explored contrasting views on Freedom of Expression in the UK arts today. The plays included pieces by Caryl Churchill, April De Angelis, Tim Fountain, Hannah Khalil, Gbolahan Obisesan, Evan Placey, Mark Ravenhill and Sarah Solemani.
In autumn 2014, National Freak Show Uncut was a collaboration between Fiasco Theatre, Heads Bodies Legs and F11 Theatre Company, all companies led by RADA and Kings College Text and Performance graduates performed the plays at Clean Break studios in Kentish Town. National Freakshow Uncut staged four of the five Theatre Uncut plays written by Clara Brennan, Vivienne Franzmann, Ander Lustgarten and Hayley Squires. In 2014 the writers chose the topic: Knowledge is Power, Knowledge is Change. Who holds the keys to knowledge and truth, and why it isn’t always us. The show was followed by a post-show discussion about themes from the plays.
Heads Bodies Legs actively promote new writing through public readings, to engage new audience and stimulate discussion about the events that are happening in the world around them, to get people thinking, talking and taking action.