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Theatre breaks fight the spending cuts

Date Posted: 21/03/11

Theatre breaks fight the spending cuts

Theatre productions were staged up and down the country on Saturday (March 19th) in order to highlight the impact of spending cuts.

Mark Ravenhill and seven other playwrights donated short plays which were then performed by around 80 groups as part of Theatre Uncut.

The initiative was dreamt up by Hannah Price, who wanted to use theatre breaks as a tool for adding a voice to the debate.

Productions were staged in Sheffield's Crucible, Northampton's Royal and at Oxford University, with some venues linking up via social media platforms like Twitter.

"I was very angry [about the spending cuts] and the next day I e-mailed lots of theatre people and said we should be using theatre to add our voices to what was already out there. We've been overwhelmed by how many people have decided to stage their own version [of the plays]," she stated.

Other writers to take part in the event included Dennis Kelly, Lucy Kirkwood and Laura Lomas, while Ravenhill and Lucy Morrison took up director rolls in productions hosted in London.

Posted by Louise Millard

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