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2019 is a busy year for Dirty Protest.

So far, we have presented PROTEST FUDR, our Welsh language short plays at Tafwyl in Cardiff, created a new play HOW TO BE BRAVE that sold out at Chapter in Cardiff before touring Wales in Spring, as well as regular short play events all around Wales.

HOW TO BE BRAVE performs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the prestigious Roundabout at Summerhall new writing venue for the whole of the festival month. We also have PROTEST FUDR at Gwyll Arall at Galeri, Caernarfon on 13 July, and we are also at the Eisteddfod in August.

What about our history...?

Dirty Protest is a Welsh new writing theatre company, founded in 2007. Since then we have produced over 300 new plays by over 200 established and emerging writers, including Gary Owen, Alan Harris, Katherine Chandler, Lucy Kirkwood, and Jack Thorne. We have worked with over 150 professional and newly-trained actors and directors in venues including Theatr Clwyd, Paines Plough's pop-up "Roundabout", Almeida theatre, Royal Court, Chapter, Galeri, Camden Roundhouse, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Newport Riverfront, The Torch Milford Haven and Sherman Theatre, alongside pubs, kebab shops, hairdressers and other non-traditional spaces.

Our main activity are our short play script-in-hand nights, which provide a platform for writers, actors and directors to come together and exercise their craft, working or volunteering in an often informal setting. These present “a shot of theatrical tequila without the paraphernalia, all for the price of a pint”.

Dirty Protest is currently at an exciting point in the company's development. We are building our touring capacity and UK, and international profile. In 2015, PARALLEL LINES by Katherine Chandler was a successful Wales-wide national tour of a new, deconstructed version of our 2013 award-winning production. After an acclaimed run at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, LAST CHRISTMAS by Matthew Bulgo transferred to the Soho Theatre in London and then transferred to Traverse theatre, Edinburgh in December 2016. In Spring 2018, we toured 14 venues in Wales with LIGHTSPEED FROM PEMBROKE DOCK, our first show for family audiences, building our relationship with venues and connecting to new audiences.

SUGAR BABY by Alan Harris was presented in Paines Plough's Roundabout programme at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017, and garnered 4 star-reviews in The Times, The Stage and The Scotsman and was added to the British Council Showcase as a late recommended show for international promoters as it was deemed to be one of the best shows that year. SUGAR BABY was then invited back to ROUNDABOUT in 2018, by popular demand. SUGAR BABY transferred to Soho Theatre and was presented at SzeneWales Festival in Dresden, Germany.

★★★★ "theatrical tour de force” The Times
★★★★ “the packed audience loves it” The Scotsman
★★★★ “stonking good fun" The Stage

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Dirty Protest
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Wales' new writing theatre company, touring Wales and beyond