Whoop Whoop!

You’ve done it! Thank you so much we have now reached our goal and the But For Us Research and Development project is full steam ahead.

We are so grateful to all of you who have generously pledged; liked, shared and tweeted; and generally offered support and encouragement.

We look forward to sharing our work with you in the near future.

Big love from Ali & Debs

#ourNHS #thefightgoeson

Just 24 hours to go!


There are just under 24 hours before our Kickstarter closes, and we are 98% funded – we are so close!!!

Thank you to all those who have already pledged and shared the project. If you are still planning to, the clock is ticking! Please help us get this project to the target so that we will be funded (unless you get the whole amount in Kickstarter you lose it all!),


Just 2 days to go!

There are just two days to go on our Kickstarter, and we are 80% funded! Thank you to all those who have already pledged and shared the project – your support is what will make this happen.

The way Kickstarter works is that you have to achieve 100% of the target or you lose all the money pledged, so we really want to make it all the way so that our But For Us project can become a reality. We have 48 hours to make that happen, so any further support you can give by donating or sharing would be absolutely amazing! http://kck.st/2RQITkL

(Unfortunately the cat contribution is not going to get us there this time!)




It’s the Final Countdown!

There are 3 days to go on the But For Us Kickstarter campaign, and we are so close to achieving our goal. Thank you so much to everyone who has already pledged and supported us so far – you are a brilliant bunch of backers!

We’ve raised 70% of our target so far – please help us with the final push. We need to get the But For Us message to as many people as possible, so if you are able to share the project on social media or with friends and family we would be very grateful.

Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2RQITkL

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whoopnwailtheatre

Twitter: https://twitter.com/whoopnwail

Ali, Debs & Fiona - script meeting in York

Ali, Debs & Fiona – script meeting in York

Today we took a day trip to meet with our director, Fiona McPherson, in York which is halfway between her base and Whoop ‘n’ Wail HQ. We had an incredibly productive afternoon fine tuning the script and planning for the R&D in September.

#TheFightGoesOn #ButForUsThePlay

But For Us – the trailer

We have been busy bees here at Whoop ‘n’ Wail HQ. Following our fantastic table read of But For Us in January, we have been hard at work putting together a phenomenal team to take the play to the next stage.


Welfare’s in a state and the pensioners are revolting.

Dora 2

 75-year-old Dora Cockburn is a life-long campaigner, fighting to save the NHS from the politicians and privateers with only a packet of biscuits and partner-in-crime Ray to help her. Now her estranged son Martin, a Tory MP, is on her doorstep asking for help – what’s a woman to do?  


But For Us is a  vibrant full length play celebrating our NHS and those willing to fight for its survival. In order to get this timely, prescient and, dare we say, hugely entertaining play on the stage as a full production, we need your support to help us fund our research and development. This is an essential part of creating a new play, where the writers work with actors and a director to get the play on its feet to finely tune the script.

We are currently raising funds so that we can pay a cast of fabulously talented actors and a director to work with us for one week. At the end of the week, there will be a rehearsed reading of the play, which will be open to all. It will also be a showcase for guests from the theatre industry, our future collaborators and producers for a fully staged production of But For Us.

We are delighted to be Associate Performers at the Old Diorama Arts Centre in London where we held the first table read in January. Their support is proving invaluable in the development of this piece of work and we are grateful to them for providing us with our rehearsal space as funding in kind.

But For Us is more than a play. It is an act of solidarity and a celebration of all the people across the UK, from all over the world, who keep the NHS going. We can probably all agree that the NHS, as it is now, isn’t perfect but boy, do we rely it in our time of need.

And it is under threat, make no mistake, from gradual privatisation; a move towards an insurance based healthcare system, such as in the USA; and of course the fall out from Brexit.

Now is the time for us to take a stand and use our talents to make our voices heard. We love the NHS and the principles on which it was founded. We know you do too.

So, join us. Please give what you can to support the development of But For Us, a play intended to inspire us into action to fight for the survival of our NHS.



But For Us table read

In January, this happened…..

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But For Us table read January 2019, Old Diorama Arts Centre

Photos by Stew Calladine @arty_stew

Hearing actors, most that we’d never met before, discuss and read our characters with such intimate knowledge of them was a strange and wonderful experience. This play has been about three years in the writing, and at the reading it really felt like it was stepping out in the big wide world and starting a life of its own, finding its own voice. It got us quite emosh.

A huge thanks to the actors for their enthusiasm and invaluable input: Adil Akram, Yvonne Campbell, Roger Conneff, Eva Fontaine, Érin Geraghty, Andre Lecointe, Natascha Slasten and PK Taylor. Our eternal gratitude also to Paula David and Swee Wildman for their insightful contributions. It was a joy to be led by director Fiona MacPherson and wonderful to be reunited with friend of Whoop ‘n’ Wail, Stew Calladine, who took the photos for us.

Thanks also to The Old Diorama Arts Centre, who are supporting the development of our work through the Associate Performers Scheme – ultimately, without them, this day couldn’t have happened.

So, what next?

We aren’t sitting back on our laurels that’s for sure!

Feeling super inspired by Rikki Beadle-Blair’s, “Life’s A Pitch” workshop (Old Vic Workshops For Artists), and with tailored advice from David Byrne (New Diorama Monthly Artist Surgeries), we’re full steam ahead in preparation for two weeks of research and development in the spring.

You gotta play a long game to get from page to stage, but look at all the fabulous people you get to meet and learn from along the way!


An exciting New Year ahead!

In December we put out a casting call for a table read of our new play But For Us. We are delighted to say that it is now fully cast.

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that liked and shared our casting call out, for spreading the word and making the world a little smaller.

We had a blast watching the showreels and clips from all the actors who got in touch with their CVs. Thank you so much to all of you for showing such interest in our project.

We are looking forward to getting together with our fantastic cast and director, over a cuppa and a biscuit or two, early in the new year.

Watch this space, folks…


Happy New Year!

Ali & Debs