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 based at Somerset House with a core team and an… 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

The year 2018/19 in numbers:

Crying Out Loud presented 56 performances of 11 different shows at 18 venues worldwide, with 20,845 directly engaged, including 14,529 attendees across the Somerset House Circus 250 celebrations alone.

We delivered 34 workshops and talks at 12 different venues and over 271 individuals participated in them.

2018 was the 250th anniversary of Philip and Patty Astley establishing… Read more

La Veillée des Abysses

Circus Post

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

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


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