I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream by Abi Zakarian

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.