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Cuttings

play • irreverent • laugh-out-loud • politics • witty
  • Series
  • YouTube
  • Free

CUTTINGS is a play written by Ollie George Clark about three publicists dealing with a PR disaster. Originally set in the entertainment world, during the coronavirus pandemic the characters of Gracelyn, Ruchi and Danica have been transposed into the real political world. Rather than writing speeches for actors they’re writing for politicians like Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Dominic Cummings. The series follows their weekly zoom calls where they write speeches, draft apologies, and think of ways to promote the government’s pandemic response. The story in the play is all about writing an apology to save someone’s career following a public mistake; about how to manipulate public perception, never apologise, how to include extreme detail and to emote where possible. The comparison to Dominic Cummings speaking in the Rose Garden to justify breaking lockdown rules was staggering. As such, the series was born.

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