Crying Out Loud was founded in 2002 by producer-curator Rachel Clare, supported by a Promoters Award from the Combined Arts Department at Arts Council England. Rachel, alongside then co-director Emma Gladstone, had a vision to make a new annual season of international visual performance in London. The company is made up of a small core team with an expanding… Read more


Crying Out Loud is a small, agile team which expands to include producers, PR, marketing and education specialists depending on the nature and scale of our projects. Meet the core team and our trustees.

Facts & Figures

Starting from 1 April 2019, COL agreed on a new vision for the next seven years: “Through partnerships and collaborations, reinvigorate mid-scale UK visual theatre and circus to be world-class, relevant and diverse.”

We have re-modelled our approach so that our commitments to activity and artists are mostly for a longer period… Read more

La Veillée des Abysses

Circus Post films

Circus Post is a series of 14 short films made by Crying Out Loud and film-maker Deborah May contextualising the development of contemporary circus over the past 40 years.

Circus Timeline since 1968

Contemporary circus has more history than you might think.

Taking its starting point in the community and social circus movements of the late 60s and 70s, Crying Out Loud’s visual timeline marks a selection of the pivotal companies and events from six decades of UK contemporary circus.

View our circus timeline.

In the long view we see circus’… Read more