I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream

A play, but not a play, about being a woman today.

“I am tired of making sense. Of being significant in a designated space. An attempt will be made…an attempt here, tonight…please, please…”

I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream is a play-performance-art-protest-thing. Six women are playing a game. They jostle for space. They argue. They try to address every single feminist issue in the space of sixty minutes. One of them dresses up as Ripley from Alien. Everything gets trashed.

This new piece from Abi Zakarian (Fabric, Fringe First Winner 2016) is an angry riot dream staged by women who are stuck on the business of being women but are quite worried about getting it wrong, actually; a funny, messy, fierce go at turning up and yelling really loud with a great soundtrack. There’s a Fosse chorus line, IKEA instructions for your vagina, death metal, Nicki Minaj and Sean Bean (though not at the same time).

Originating as a short play and now presented in its entirety for the first time, I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream is a fascinating piece of sharp, foul-mouthed new writing that plays with form as much as it plays with gender roles. Part cult experience, part cathartic scream, six very different voices come at the patriarchy armed with a panicky desire for revolution and Judy Chicago’s Red Flag (Google it, but not at work).

We should all be feminists, but that doesn’t mean we know how.

1hr 00m
The Vaults
14 — 18 Feb 21:00
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About the company

Rafaella Marcus and Abi Zakarian

Joyous Gard is an award-winning theatre company set up in 2017 by siblings Beth Eyre and Joe Eyre, and Frankie Parham. Their debut production was Joe’s first play Crocodile, which won a Highly Commended Award at VAULT ’17. They are mentored by English Touring Theatre as part of ETT’s Forge scheme, and this year will be co-producing three pieces of new writing at VAULT – Tiger by Joe Eyre, I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream by Abi Zakarian, and Timothy by David K. Barnes (in association with Snatchback).

Artistic Team
Abi Zakarian
Rafaella Marcus
Frankie Parham

Press & Reviews

Praise for Abi Zakarian's Fabric (Fringe First Winner 2016)

★★★★ “...Zakarian’s beautifully-observed, skilfully-structured script captures the heady thrill of romance and the way this is destroyed by the mass-produced sexual violence of porn...” - THE SCOTSMAN

★★★★ “...Zakarian’s writing feels effortless while also packs a real punch...” - REVIEWSHUB

Lyn Gardner for The Guardian ('ones to see at the Fringe'):
“...Abi Zakarian’s script for this one-woman piece is beautifully observed and funny too. What initially seems to be a whip-smart contemporary version of an Alan Bennett Talking Head turns into something far darker..."

Praise for For Rafaella Marcus' The Wild Party (The Hope Theatre, January 2017)

★★★★★ "This wholly dynamic and scintillating production, over all too soon, is a triumph" - LondonTheatre1

★★★★★ "Rafaella Marcus’ whip-smart direction is full of fruity invention and rips along with breath-taking verve" - I Thank You Theatre