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Out Cry

Out Cry

Written by Tennessee Williams
Performed in English

First performed in London in 1973, Out Cry, an alternative version of William’s 1967 The Two Character Play, is a ‘…southern Gothic tale.’

Brother and sister Felice and Clare are actors. Abandoned by their acting troupe, they decide to perform a play. Within this play within a play, the real lives of Felice and Clare merge with the imagined lives of their characters, who have imprisoned themselves in the family home after the tragic and shocking deaths of their parents. 

The play blurs the boundaries between Felice and Clare’s reality, their memories and their fantasies, and in doing so creates the feeling of panic as they begin to lose control over their own destiny…

Produced by Cheek by Jowl.

Cast and creative team


Jason MerellsFelice
Sara StewartClare

Creative Team

DirectorTimothy Walker
DesignerNick Ormerod
Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Lighting DesignerZerlina Hughes
Voice CoachJill McCullough
Production ManagerJon Howes
Stage ManagerPeter Hooper
Previous performances

Previous Performances

Date (first performance)LocationNo. of performances
22 April 1997London, Lyric Hammersmith, UK27
15 April 1997Newcastle, Playhouse, UK4
1 April 1997Exeter, Northcott Theatre, UK5
25 March 1997Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal, UK5
18 March 1997Brighton, Gardner Centre, UK5
12 March 1997Blackpool, Grand Theatre, UK4
5 March 1997Cheltenham, Everyman Theatre, UK6
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Photograph: John Haynes
Production photo
Photograph: John Haynes

To play with fear is to play with fire

The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven.

John Milton, Paradise Lost

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