Shouting Out Loud

'The 1980s were a period of great social and political unrest. Thatcherism was in full swing. The miners' strikes and the gay pride, anti-racist and feminist movements dominated the landscape. This provided the context and backdrop to artists' lives. Again, we live in turbulent and uncertain times. By reconstructing Shouting Out Loud, I am interested in discovering to what degree art reflects the times that we live in.' 

Gaby Agis, October 2014

Shouting Out Loud was originally choreographed and performed in 1984 for thirteen women at three London venues - Riverside Studios, Chisenhale Dance Space, and the ICA - to a soundtrack composed by Ana Da Silva and The Raincoats.

Since 2014, Shouting Out Loud has been reconstructed several times for multi-generational casts of women performers throughout the UK.

Choreography: Gaby Agis
Music: Ana Da Silva and The Raincoats

Photography: Catherine Heatherington (1984 Cast), Jazamin Sinclair (2018 Cast)

Supported by Arts Council England


Original Cast: Emily Barney, Claire Bushe, Lucy Fawcett, Lindy Flowers, Sue Glasser, Johanna Godliman, Jane Hansford, Ann Herdman Smith, Jessica Loeb, Mary Prestidge, Helen Rowsell, Catherine Tucker, Sian Webber


University of Roehampton, Chisenhale Dance Space

Cast: Natasha Beauchamp, Joy Esaya, Lucy Fawcett, Rachel Gildea, Jessica Loeb, Jessica Murray, Katja Nyqvist, Florence Peake, Mary Prestidge, Amaara Raheem, Susanna Recchia, Rosalie Wahlfrid, Megan Elizabeth Williams


Trinity Laban, Coventry University

Trinity Laban Cast: Giulia Avino, Elena Biagini, Katherine Clarke, Elizabeth Killick, Maria Kinnunen, April Martin, Lidia Nousia, Jasmine Orr, Maijastiina Palm, Taylor Thompson, Maria Vincentelli, Emmie Webster

Coventry Cast: Emily Allibone,
Isabel Martín, Consuegra Barrajón,
Beth Burdett,
Annalise Cowan,
Beth Crowder,
Sophie Davis,
Courtney Evans,
Sofia Mirza,
Maryam Mohammed,
Leah Murphy,
Shanise Sharpe,
Eleanor Shatford,
Caitlin Sidney,
Alison Tomkiss,
Keren Williams


Greenwich Town Hall (double bill with The Raincoats)

Cast: Natasha Beauchamp, Annalise Cowan, Sophie Davis, Joy Esaya, Lucy Fawcett, Rachel Gildea, Jessica Murray, Jane Hansford, Florence Peake, Mary Prestige, Susanna Recchia, Rosalie Wahlfrid, Sian Webber


Leeds Beckett University

Cast: Sophie Alder, Teresa Brayshaw, Beth Cassani, Rachel Dean, Vanessa Grasse, Marie Hallager Andersen, Charlotte Hempenstall-Matthews, Rachel Krische, Maria Popova, Caroline Scott, Emily Snow, Poppy Tierney


LEAP Festival, Liverpool, Hope University

Cast: Andrea Buckley, Beth Dobson, Manny Emslie, Jennifer Hale, Paula Hampson, Abbi Henderson, Katerina Hill, Sandra Jacques, Paddy Kent, Ronnie Maguire, Mary Prestidge, Vicci Riley, Poppy Tierney

"Shouting Out Loud seems as powerful and vibrant as I remember it from 1984. The image of a group of women running purposefully into the space, wearing dresses and heavy shoes or boots which they later kick off, contrasts effectively to the passive beauty which women, even now, are encouraged to portray.  Walking and running, the women take their independent space. They also share the space with each other, lifting one another and rolling through the space sometimes over each other. A particularly memorable moment is Rachel Krische crossing the front of the space in a slow, sustained sideways linear walk while at the same time Beth Cassani moves in small circles in a linear path, allowing her head to turn at the very last moment, across the back of the space in the opposite direction. Moving through the space between the two performers, Teresa Brayshaw makes haunting vocal sounds. They bring a rich embodied experience to the work which is performed by an inter-generational group of women aged in their 20s through to their 50s. This work speaks to the cultural conditions of our time and the challenges we are facing as it also did in the 1980s."

Christy Adair February 2017