Troublemaker’s Festival interviews: Deborah Coughlin
‘Yap, Yap, Yap’ is a show written and directed by Deborah Coughlin of Gaggle Productions and will be showing on Friday 14th July 2017 at Volcano Theatre as part of the Troublemaker’s Festival in Swansea. The show which debuted at the ICA in London, is described as being “like a historical ‘Vagina Monologues’ for people who like cat memes”. Gaggle Productions is a radical performance group whose output mix includes comedy, Guerilla shows, pop-up shows, comedy, theatre, pop and opera. Here, Deborah Coughlin talks to me about the show Yap Yap Yap and about people blowing apart the status quo and learning to disagree the right way.
Deborah Coughlin on Yap, Yap, Yap
PD: “Can you give me a flavour of the kind of experience your audiences can expect at your Yap Yap Yap show and what inspired it?”
DC: “YYY audiences get to witness great women speeches throughout history – from people they may or may not have heard of, people they love and hate! It’s inspired by the idea that we don’t really know what’s been said before us. Women’s speeches have traditionally been silenced and not celebrated. This is a celebration. Which can help us all stand on the shoulders of giants! We also have tips from Dr. Susan Jones – speech writer to prime ministers – on how to make awesome speeches. So, if anyone wants to be a politician or campaigner or just be very persuading there’s some valuable information
Deborah Coughlin on women’s voices
PD: “What one thing will do the most to change the way women’s voices are both heard and acted upon right now?”
DC: “Everyone in a position of power with the keys to platforms and budgets for work. We should actively give opportunities to women, minorities and people who are traditionally sidelined.
Deborah Coughlin on Andrea Dworkin
PD: “Who is your favourite woman speaker and “Troublemaker” in history?”
DC: “I don’t agree with everything she says but Andrea Dworkin has ideas which blew apart the status quo. We recreate a speech she gave to 500 men called for a 24-hour truce when it comes to rape. It’s unbelievable that that’s still a radical idea. But it is.
PD: “What one thing would you do to change the world?”
DC: “Everyone learning how to talk to people they disagree with without getting upset.
Troublemaker’s Festival – 13th -16th July #trouble2017
“Changing the world, starting with the High Street”
The festival reimagines the stretch of street between the station and Castle Square as a pedestrian-friendly place where arts and culture aren’t something special but are part of everyday life. It opens up buildings that people perhaps don’t normally see and uses spaces that perhaps people don’t normally notice. The Troublemakers Festival is for everyone who uses Swansea High Street and cares about it’s future. The show is for people who live on High Street, work on High Street, shop on the High Street, socialize on High Street, pass through High Street. It’s for young people and old people. It’s for Art lovers and show-goers and pizza fans and it’s for people who’ve never been to a gallery or theatre in their lives.
Come along as together a manifesto is created for the HIgh Street. Lose at the Unfair Funfair, Levitate The Palace Theatre, have a Tea Party, join a march, recreate extraordinary speeches from history, watch films, make placards and eat pizza. Be inspired, entertained and provoked. A chance to be at the heart of the change taking place from the station down to the sea. Everyone is welcome!
Please note some events are bookable. Follow event links within programmes (see below for further detailed information) to book these events in advance.
Please also note: The road will be made pedestrian friendly and will be closed from The Grand Hotel down to Argos on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Festival partners include The Last Resort, Sew Swansea, GaleriesSimpson, TechHub, Urban Village, Cinema & Co, Oxfam, Castle Square, Elysium Studios and Gallery, UWTSD, PEG Talks, The Environment Centre, The Women’s Institute, Hyst…
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