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Cut Throat by Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard, adapted by Matt Cunningham.
How far can you go in the name of free speech? Does having the right to speak equal having the right to say everything?
14 characters speak their minds freely about race, religion, relationships, bodies, sex, money, and the meaning of life, without any filter, walking the thin line between comedy and cruelty. In Cut Throat, the right to speak does not come with a promise that the speech be valid or harmless. An irreverent play that will make you laugh... and cringe.
Cut Throat (Tranche-Cul) was critically acclaimed during its first production in Montreal (Canada) in 2014, and is Trip & Guts' first production.
15% of the profits went to Refugee Action, to help refugees and asylum seekers settle in the UK.
The Creative Team
Québec actor, writer, director, Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard wrote and directed several plays in French, among which Baiseries, Ménageries and Tranche-Cul. His first novel, Sports et divertissement, released in 2014, will be released in English in 2017 under the title Sports & Entertainment. Cut Throat is his first play to be translated to English.
Laura Jasper is a freelance theatre director and young company leader, based in the South West. Since graduating from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2015, she has worked on various new writing projects in Salisbury and Plymouth Fringe Festival. Most recently Laura has worked with Les Enfant Terribles on their summer tour of The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory, as well as directing A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Pleasance in London.
Matt Cunningham's work as a playwright has been performed at a number of venues, including Theatre503, the Soho Theatre, the Rose Theatre, the Scene Dock Theatre (Los Angeles), Latitude Festival, the Vaults at Waterloo, and the Edinburgh Fringe. From 2011 to 2014, Matt was Emerging Playwright in Residence at Kingston University, where he teaches Creative Writing. He’s currently working on an original play for Mongrel Thumb Theatre Company.
Elizabeth Harper is a freelance set and costume designer, prop maker and artist. Since graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with an MA in Theatre Design, Elizabeth has worked on a number of shows, exhibitions and adverts in London and the South West including a production at last years’ Camden Fringe Festival. Elizabeth has worked with companies such as Travelling Light, Theatre West, Stuff and Nonsense and most recently, Les Enfants Terribles, assisting on an immersive advertising campaign at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
Odinn Hilmarsson is an Icelandic composer and sound designer based in London. Since graduating with an MA in Digital Film Production from the University of York in 2012, Odinn has been producing music and video content. Recently he has worked on Stone Face at the Finborough Theatre, Piece of Silk at the Hope Theatre and Radioman at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
Originally from Barcelona and now based in London, Carlos Ara is an actor and a graduate of the physical theatre programme at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. After Carlos completed his education, he became part of the street theatre company Carro FC and was involved in their projects in Barcelona and festivals like Fira de Tàrrega and Marabilli Festibala. Other credits include Macbeth (physical theatre), dancing in The Maids and more recently the La Ira de Los Peces, a street theatre tour in South America.
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