Whoop ‘n’ Wail Theatre Company was founded by Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman in 2011.
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 and engage directly with those whose exclusion from society they seek to highlight.
Whoop ‘n’ Wail’s debut production, eXclusion, premièred in Aug 2011 at the Edinburgh Fringe, and then played the Waterloo East Theatre (London) and South Hill Park Arts Centre (Bracknell) from Nov to Dec 2011. eXclusion was produced in association with UK charity Women in Prison and Ali & Deborah were invited to run a scriptwriting workshop for a group of women in Bronzefield Prison.
Ali & Deborah have since produced a short film, For Better or Worse and written a number of short plays including: My Bloody Laundrette, Madjesty and Cascade of Baubles. In September 2012, My Bloody Laundrette was selected for the 17percent She Writes Showcase with the theme ‘What is Art?’ and three months later Ali & Deborah were delighted to hear that their work had been selected once again. This time it was Cascade of Baubles for an evening with the theme of ‘Passions’.
Continuing to write together, Ali & Deborah have a number of projects in development. In addition, Deborah was selected as one of the writers to be part of Traverse 50 for the 2013 celebration of Traverse Theatre’s 50 year legacy.
Ali & Deborah are a part of the Dramaturgs’ Network and participate in the annual Women of the World Festival – WOW – at the Southbank Centre, London, which is run to coincide with International Women’s Day.