Hear Me Howl

Presented by Lydia Rynne

Jess is turning 30 when she presses pause on the conventional life she's been living and joins a post-punk band.

Sure, some might argue that punk is dead, others could say she should really stick to the day job, but the resounding concern is: shouldn’t she be settling down by now?

From behind her drum kit, warming up for her very first gig, Jess lurches defiantly into an unknown future.

From writer Lydia Rynne (Soho Theatre Writer Alumnus, NFTS Odeon Scholar and Creative England’s Funny Girls finalist), director Kay Michael (JMK Directors Award and Old Vic 12 Finalist) and musical consultant Fay Milton, drummer of Mercury Award Nominated band Savages, comes HEAR ME HOWL, a bitingly honest portrayal of one woman’s personal revolution.

The play is a moving but hilarious late coming-of-age story, of a woman suddenly questioning the social expectations of her prescribed gender, all whilst throwing herself defiantly into the noise and politics of post-punk, joining a band and playing an instrument for the first time.

Simon Stephens: 'I twatting loved @Hear_Me_Howl.... Lydia Rynne’s bad ass comedy is full of love and kindness and drumming and made me want to play the bass for the first time in 13 years. See the shit out of it.'

The Stage ⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Alice Pitt-Carter gives a ferocious performance in Lydia Rynne's exhilarating and refreshing monologue on conflicted attitudes to motherhood"

Theatre & Performance
Varies30 Jan — 03 Feb
Cavern - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 00m
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About the company

Lydia Rynne

Lydia Rynne is a writer for stage and screen, graduating this year from the National Film & Television School. A Creative England's Funny Girls scheme finalist, her short film NUGGET LOVE was selected as a Sundance Ignite finalist. Lydia is an alumnus of Soho Theatre Writers and her play THE BUZZ was awarded a Playwriting Award by the Bread and Roses theatre where it played for 2 weeks in May.

Director Kay Michael has collaborated with Lydia for over 10 years as a theatre-maker and story-developer, both founding members of Curious Directive. A JMK Award and Old Vic 12 finalist, she trained at Drama Centre London, has been Trainee Director at Paines Plough and is an MGC futures bursary winner. Other credits include Resident Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Associate Director on award-winning Clarion at the Arcola and assistant director on 2071 at The Royal Court. She has directed new plays at Paines Plough Roundabout, Oval House, Pleasance, New Diorama, with RIFT and develops new work with Empty Deck, her Peter Brook Award nominated international theatre company.

Alice Pitt-Carter: Alice trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and was nominated for Best Lead Actress at the International Film Festival 2016 for Tea & Cake (KRR Productions). She recently performed in Wallis - A Certain Person (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Bros).

Hear Me Howl is produced by Caley Powell, of Lights Down Productions, a company dedicated to producing female-led new writing for the stage. Credits include Dubailand by Carmen Nasr (Finborough Theatre) and Wendy House (Vault Festival 2017).

Hear Me Howl is supported by the Arts Council and comes to Vault Festival after playing at The Old Red Lion Theatre, Landor Space and the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, as part of The Plymouth Fringe in May 2018.


Writer: Lydia Rynne
Director: Kay Michael
Producer: Caley Powell

Cast: Alice Pitt-Carter

Lighting: Martha Godfrey
Set Design: Sally Somerville-Woodiwis
Costume Design: Akshy Marayen
Sound Design: Kay Michael & Lydia Rynne
Musical Consultant: Fay Milton

Press & Reviews

The Stage ⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Alice Pitt-Carter gives a ferocious performance in Lydia Rynne's exhilarating and refreshing monologue on conflicted attitudes to motherhood"

Young Perspective News ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - “keeps the audience captivated with humour and vivacity, giving us old-school feminist rage alongside millennial self-doubt and torturous self-awareness”

London City Night ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - “this abandonment of conformity and embracing a subculture makes Hear Me Howl a kind of estrogen-fuelled reworking of Fight Club, with Jess finally comprehending her social bondage and screaming “up yours!"

The Spy In The Stalls ⭐⭐⭐⭐ “It’s depressingly rare to come across a show that portrays the experience of being a young woman with such minute accuracy... undercurrents of trying to recover yourself from what everyone else expects you to be run deep in this play, adding up to something seriously impressive”