Whoop ‘n’ Wail Theatre Company was founded in 2011 by Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman. An innovative emerging theatre company, Whoop ‘n’ Wail is dedicated to producing quality drama with a sense of humour and a social conscience. They aim to take their work to the widest possible audience, bringing innovation and entertainment while promoting social justice.
Whoop ‘n’ Wail’s debut production, eXclusion, premièred in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, subsequently touring to Waterloo East Theatre and South Hill Park Arts Centre. eXclusion was produced in association with UK charity Women in Prison, who then invited Ali & Deborah to run a scriptwriting workshop for a group of women in Bronzefield Prison, Middlesex.
Ali & Deborah have since produced a short film, For Better or Worse, and written a number of short plays including: My Bloody Laundrette, Madjesty, Cascade of Baubles, Losing Light, Heart's Desire and Trapped.
In 2012, My Bloody Laundrette was selected for a 17percent ‘She Writes’ Showcase, and three months later Ali and Deborah were delighted to hear that their work had been selected once again - this time Cascade of Baubles. They were later commissioned to write a piece inspired by HG Wells’ story The Door in the Wall for She Writes: What's Through the Door? The showcase, and their play Losing Light, gained a four-star review at London's Canal Cafe and was reprised at the Rochester Literature Festival.
Ali and Deborah are a part of the Dramaturgs’ Network and participate in the annual Women of the World Festival (WOW) at the Southbank Centre, London.
Their latest venture, Whoop 'n' Wail Represents..., launched at Waterloo East Theatre in November 2014. Represents... nights have sold out, garnered positive reviews, and offered an important platform for emerging talent. Playwrights have subsequently had their work developed at other venues, and both directors and actors have been offered future work.
Continuing to write together, Ali & Deborah have a number of projects in development, including their next full-length play.
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