Writers donating works for Out of Margins charity auction

50 living playwrights to auction first edition texts for charity

Tom Stoppard, Caryl Churchill, Richard Curtis, David Hare, Winnie Holzman, Jez Butterworth and James Graham are among 50 living playwrights who have donated rare first edition theatre and musical texts to raise money for refugee artists.

Good Chance Theatre, the team behind the critically acclaimed play The Jungle at the Young Vic, will hold an auction of rare first edition theatre and musical texts that have been personally annotated with the thoughts and feelings of the creators of each play & musical.

The 50 annotated texts being auctioned in aid of refugee artists include some of the world’s best loved theatrical productions such as Leopoldstadt, Jerusalem, Prima Facie, The Vagina Monologues, Wicked, Matilda the Musical, The Barbershop Chronicles, The Doctor, Closer, The Empress, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Mean Girls, The Play What I Wrote, plus many many more.

The auction titled Out of the Margins will run from 15th September – 3rd October online, so anyone can take part anywhere in the world. Alongside the online auction a free exhibition showcasing a selection of the annotated first edition texts will run at Christie’s Auction house in London from 20 – 28 September.

The Out of the Margins auction represents the largest collection of annotated play texts and scripts in theatre history, providing an unprecedented record of the private thoughts and feelings of some of the world’s greatest living contemporary playwrights, covering some of the most significant moments in the last fifty years of theatre. 

Highlights from the Out of the Margins auction will include:
● A heavily annotated rarely available boxed first edition of Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard, awarded Best New Play at the 2023 Tony Awards
● Nobel prize winner Wole Soyinka’s annotations of a first edition of his adaptation of The Bacchae of Euripides
● A fully annotated first edition of the Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellams
● Jack Thorne’s notes on a first edition hardback of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
● Annotations of some of the best-loved musicals such as Wicked (Winnie Holzman), Mean Girls (Tina Fey), Six the Musical (Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss) and Matilda the Musical (Dennis Kelly)
● V (formerly Eve Ensler)’s annotations of a rare edition of The Vagina Monologues that was printed only for the first ever V Day event in 1998
● Annotations of scripts of screenplays and films including Love, Actually by Richard Curtis and The Theory of Everything by Anthony McCarten.

The proceeds of the Out of the Margins charity auction will fund Good Chance Theatre’s work supporting refugee artists in the UK. Since it was founded in the Calais Jungle refugee camp 8 years ago, Good Chance Theatre (which does not receive public subsidy) has provided 250 refugee artists with 1-2-1 support in the UK as well as placing over 750 artists from refugee and migrant backgrounds in paid employment and training.

For more information on how to register to bid and take part in the Auction from 15th September, visit the link below

The Quotes

Yaël Farber (Miles Julie) said “It’s a privilege to be able to contribute in whatever way I can to the remarkable Out of the Margins Auction. There cannot be a more urgent cause to support right now, and what a dynamic way to be able to do so for all involved. This initiative deserves all the support it can get.

Winnie Holzman (Wicked) said “We all know that theatre has the potential to transform lives. Good Chance makes it possible to witness these tranformations. That’s why I was eager to contribute to the Out of the Margins Auction— because Good Chance is a catalyst for positive change, and a beacon of hope.

Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) said “I’m a huge admirer of the unbelievably important work that Good Chance do with refugees – so I’m very honoured to be part of the Auction. I’m going to be annotating two very different items – first a copy of the screenplay of Love Actually – which is full of things that didn’t make it into the final film and one or two things I wish HADN’T made it into the film. And then I’ve got a play I wrote last year, which only one person has ever read – I hope it might be an interesting read and I’ll try to mark my own work in a big red pen.

Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) “I love that Good Chance started small – in a tent in Calais – and now, thanks to the work of incredible minds and collaborative storytelling, has become a butterfly that dances here, there and everywhere. I love that it still thinks of the small alongside the big, determined to embrace refugee storytellers and stories wherever they are found. Out of the Margins is a typically graceful fundraising effort, and I’m grateful to be part of it.

Tom Stoppard (Leopoldstadt) said “Good Chance has been inspirational for years past, and this auction in aid of refugee artists will ripple outwards for years to come.

Simon Stephens (The Curios Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) said “All artists are allies. We stand on one another’s shoulders to keep working. The idea that my old play about a deranged narcissistic rock and roll star might go to help artists who need help at a time when the world seems to be demonising refugees rather than reaching their hand out to them, well, it means a great deal.

List of playwrights who have donated works

Stella Duffy15 Heroines
Sabrina MahfouzA History of Water in the Middle East
Joseph CharltonAnna X
Inua EllamsBarber Shop Chronicles
Maxine PeakeBeryl
Simon StephensBirdland
Joe PenhallBlue / Orange
Shelley SilasCalcutta Kosher
Patrick MarberCloser
Roy WilliamsDeath of England
Duncan MacMillanEvery Brilliant Thing 
Caryl ChurchillFen
Hannah KhalilHakawatis
Jack ThorneHarry Potter and the Cursed Child
Rebecca LenkiewiczHer Naked Skin
Stewart LeeJerry Springer The Opera
Jez ButterworthJerusalem
Mike BartlettKing Charles III
Tom StoppardLeopoldstadt
Richard CurtisLove, Actually 
Dennis KellyMatilda the Musical
Tina FeyMean Girls: The Musical
Yaël FarberMiss Julie
Suzie MillerPrima Facie
Insook ChappellP’yongyang
John LoganRed
Nicola WrenReplay
Toby Marlow and Lucy MossSix the Musical
David HareSkylight
Wole SoyinkaThe Bacchae of Euripides
Robert IckeThe Doctor
Tanika GuptaThe Empress
Simon McBurneyThe Encounter
Anupama ChandrasekharThe Father and the Assassin
Joe Murphy and Joe RobertsonThe Jungle
Matthew SpanglerThe Kite Runner
Ben PowerThe Lehman Trilogy
Tonderai MunyevuThe Moors
Martin McDonaghThe Pillowman
Sean Foley and Hamish McCollThe Play What I Wrote
Richard EyreThe Snail House
Sebastian BarryThe Steward of Christendom
Anthony McCartenThe Theory of Everything
V (Formerly Eve Ensler)The Vagina Monologues
James GrahamThis House
Don BlackUnexpected Songs
Winnie Holzman and Stephen SchwartzWicked
👤 📅25 July 2023

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