Theatre Uncut has announced that Kieran Hurley’s new play Bubble will premiere online on the company’s website, following the closure of theatres due to Covid-19.
It will be made available on March 23 at 8pm and will also be released as a play text to download with performance rights free until April 23.
Bubble is described as: “A simultaneous global theatrical debate, connecting live and online audiences across borders to discuss freedom of speech in the university community and the nature of online debate.”
Hurley’s new play is set entirely on Facebook and is written using text and emojis.
It has been created with three UK universities, Royal Holloway, Exeter and Glasgow, and three European universities – Barcelona, Coimbra and Copenhagen.
Actors from each of the universities will play roles in the filmed play. The cast members have never met in person, and will be rehearsing over Skype and filming on their cameras.
Theatre Uncut was established in 2011 by director Hannah Price. It commissions playwrights to create short plays that tackle political and social issues. These are then released, rights free, for anyone to perform anywhere in the world.
Hurley’s previous works include Beats, for which he also wrote the screenplay, and Mouthpiece. His new play, The Enemy, an adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, was intended to tour Scottish venues in April and May, but is no longer going ahead due to the coronavirus outbreak.