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Vivienne Franzmann and Atiha Sen Gupta to pen plays for new series exploring power

Vivienne Franzmann and her dog Mabel Vivienne Franzmann and her dog Mabel
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New work by Vivienne Franzmann and Atiha Sen Gupta will feature in a series of plays exploring power by female playwrights from Theatre Uncut.

The political theatre company is returning to produce work following a one-and-a-half-year hiatus, during which the organisation focused on becoming a charity.

As well as Franzmann, who won the 2008 Bruntwood Prize for Mogadishu, and Sen Gupta, who has written episodes for Skins and Holby City, other writers who have been commissioned include British Egyptian poet, playwright, performer Sabrina Mahfouz, playwright Cordelia Lynn and one of this year’s Bruntwood winners Sharon Clark.

Writer, speaker and poet Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan and Niellah Arboine, who writes for online magazine Gal Dem, also feature.

All work in the power plays series is be free for anyone to download online on the Theatre Uncut website (link).


The plays will also be performed at a free event at the Bristol Old Vic on May 6.

Co-artistic directors of Theatre Uncut, Hannah Price and Emma Callander, said: “As the world rocks with the fierce debate around gender equality, we wanted to set our writers the challenge to explore the theme of power from the female perspective.

“We are delighted to be working with a collection of the UK’s most dynamic playwrights, some who have written for Theatre Uncut before and some for the first time.”


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