All Mouth, No Trousers: Telling Tales of Norfolk’s Radical Women Through Stories and Song
All Mouth, No Trousers is a free theatre project telling tales of Norfolk’s radical women through story and song. An irreverent and joyful celebration, the show will draw on the traditions of cabaret, music hall, dramatic monologue, verbatim theatre and game shows. Composed entirely of original material by local writers it will be performed by members of The Common Lot Theatre Company in the pubs, clubs and coffee houses of Norwich in autumn 2018.
The opening night of All Mouth, No Trousers will be on Friday October 19th at The York Tavern and the 6-date tour will finish on Sunday October 28th in The Arts Centre Bar.
The All Mouth, No Trousers Research Community is especially interested in uncovering the stories that have not been told, and the voices that may have been silent. We are exploring what it means and has meant to be called a ‘radical’ at different times and are currently gathering narratives, interviews and archival material about the radical history of Norwich and the radical women of the county including: Mother Julian, Harriet Martineau, Amelia Opie, Elizabeth Fry, Kitty Higdon, The Norwich Suffragettes, Margaret Fountaine, Sarah Glover and Edith Cavell as well as less well-known and contemporary stories of radical acts, ways of living and objects. We are also collaborating with New Routes Integration Project on story-telling workshops for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds. A selection of all these stories will become the creative material for the show.
All Mouth, No Trousers is a ‘Come Yew In!’ legacy project, and will be launched as part of the Women of the World (WOW) festival in Norwich in April 2018.