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Special performance launching Outspoken, the book inspired by the show.
With special guests joining the cast including Jamie Rose Monk and Helen Keeley. Written and directed by Outspoken author Deborah Coughlin. Produced by Faith Dodkins.
Yap! Yap! Yap! What ARE women going on about?!
Women have been systematically silenced and erased from history. Hear what you’ve been missing…
It’s easy for us to think we know the gist of history – gistory! – but do we REALLY know what’s been said before us or are we doomed to repeat ourselves?
We’ll hear speeches from: Andrea Dworkin telling 500 men to imagine a world without rape. Virginia Woolf on how to murder your inner ‘good girl’ critic; Some of Margaret Thatcher’s most famous speeches, in a new light; Sacheen Littlefeather accepting Marlon Brando’s Oscar with a speech that told the world about the plight of her people; And how a white middle class women’s rights advocate and abolitionist gave escaped slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth a fake southern accent.
This special one-off show is to celebrate the launch of the book Outspoken: 50 Speeches by Incredible Women from Boudicca to Michelle Obama (Penguin, out 07/11/19), that was inspired by the show. Including speeches from Oprah, Audre Lorde, Annie Sprinkle, Vivienne Ming, Mary Wollstonecraft, and many more inspirational women. You’ll be able to purchase on the night. There will be a limited complimentary drinks on arrival to help us celebrate. Get there early.
Originally commissioned by Fig 2 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London in 2014, Yap! Yap! Yap! Was later staged as a pop up monologue celebrating women’s rhetoric at London’s Women Of the World Festival 2016. It has since been performed in full at Troublemaker Festival, Wales in 2017 and to a sell out audience at the Royal Festival Hall, London as part of the Women of the World Festival in 2018. The shows had a core cast of actors performing key texts, who were joined each night by local women as well as high profile women performing their favourite speech.