Out Cry, by Tennessee Williams, Cheek by Jowl
Lyric Hammersmith

‘The lights go up, the performance begins, and a tale unfolds of two children stranded in a house in which their parents died a violent death. In Timothy Walker’s production, his first for Cheek by Jowl, Jason Merrells and Sara Stewart perform a non-stop, virtuosic mime. Nick Ormerod’s set, and the contribution from Jane Gibson as Director of Movement, add enormously to the impact of this production. Out Cry is one of Williams most succinct and controlled plays. Seeing it for the first time in this astonishing and beautiful performance, one is tempted tempted to say that it is likely to survive better than some of his more obviously topical plays.’
The Times Literary Supplement

‘The tension is hair-raising. Jason Merrells stands at a window, trembling in anticipation, while a terrified Sara Stewart levels a gun at his bare back. Then the positions are reversed. Bodies sweat, hands shake, faces strain. Thrilling stuff. Both give elaborately detailed performances, vigorous, uninhibited — and Timothy Walker’s direction for Cheek by Jowl, allows us to see the pain and the panic in these two disorientated creatures.’
The Times

‘Walker’s emotion-charged production gets two no-holds-barred performances. Sara Stewart lends Clare a distracted wild-eyed sensuality and Jason Merrells persuasively embodies the more stringent side of William’s that believed in the compulsion to work.’
The Guardian

‘One of Tennessee Williams best planned works. I am glad to have seen Timothy Walker’s imaginatively designed production, and applaud Cheek by Jowl for risking the British premiere of what Williams considered his most beautiful play.’
Sunday Telegraph

‘Powerful theatre … The piece is potent, claustrophobic and compelling. Out Cry is directed with precision and a raw, stark simplicity.’
Theatre Magazine

‘A show that rivets the audience to the seats by its searing energy and raw atmosphere.‘
Gloucester Echo

‘It has you entranced throughout. Extremely moving, wonderfully acted and with thoughtful direction. A class act.’
Newcastle Evening Chronicle

‘Cheek by Jowl, founded by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed classical theatre companies’
Peter Kirwan