No excuses this time

Excuses, excuses. There’s always something, isn’t there?

“It’s a great idea but I’m really busy at the moment?”

“I’d love to but I’ve got so much on, you wouldn’t believe!”

“I would but I’m completely snowed under. Next time.”

Well, I guess this was us. We’d known about Theatre Uncut for some time. It’s a theatrical call to arms, originally in response to the 2011 cuts in public spending. Every year, Hannah Price and Emma Callander of Theatre Uncut make a number of short political plays available for anyone to perform, rights free, anywhere in the world, creating a theatrical critical mass.

This is, of course, right up our street. We love a bit of theatrical activism but every year we’ve found a reason why we’d have to leave it until next time. To be fair to us, we have been very busy writing, producing, performing, doing the day job, as well as everything else that constitutes our lives. Producing plays is a very time consuming job and when you have a lot else going on, taking on yet another project might not make you very popular with your long-suffering loved ones.

This year was no different. Here at Whoop ‘n’ Wail we are preparing for the next stage in the development of our new play But For Us – watch this space for more on that! and what with putting together our creative team, applying for funding and scheduling some R&D, the likelihood of us producing anything from this year’s Theatre Uncut Power Plays looked very slim indeed:

“But, hang on. Not again! It’s like this every year and every year we miss out. Surely one more little side project won’t kill us!”

So we thought, realistically, the best we could do was get a few people around to Whoop ‘n’ Wail HQ for a really informal play read and good old fashioned discussion. So we did.

Bringing together friends and collaborators, some we haven’t seen in years and others we’ve only just met, we had our get-together on the morning of Sunday 24th June 2018. We read through the plays in turn and more than once, each provoking so much chat that we had to start watching the clock as we all had a variety of rehearsals, performances, meetings and social whirlery to get to later in the day. And apart from downloading and printing scripts, stocking up with plenty of tea and coffee and baking a batch of Whoop ‘n’ Wails infamous Caramac Cookies, very little time and effort needed to go into it. You can find extracts of our play reading here.

Theatre Uncut 2018

Theatre Uncut – Power Plays read by Paul Taylor, Ali Kemp, Radhika Aggarwal, Madeleine MacMahon, Deborah Klayman, Cassandra Cartwright

 

We will do the same next year, unless we decide to go the whole hog that is. But either way, from a small community here in the front room to the global community of Theatre Uncutters, we are all taking part in the discussion, not putting it off until next time.

“Theatre can create community and community, I know, can create change.”      

Emma Callander, Theatre Uncut 5-4-5 Podcast 1

The release period for this year’s plays has been extended until the end of the year – download, perform and debate Power Plays.

A selection of Power Plays will be performed at Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival on the 6th & 13th August 2018.

Ali & Debs feature in Female Arts Magazine

Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman: Whooping and Wailing on the Road to Gender Equality

Read our feature in Female Arts here.

Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents…Mayday
Waterloo East Theatre, London, SE1 8TG
Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th April 2015, 7.30pm
Tickets on sale now: £10 in advance (£12 on the door)
Box office: 020 7928 0060 / www.waterlooeast.co.uk

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Tickets for eXclusion at Waterloo East Theatre now on sale!

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for eXclusion at Waterloo East Theatre. Book now to avoid disappointment at http://www.waterlooeast.co.uk/ (no booking fees, whoop!).

8th – 27th November 2011 (not Mondays) Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm
The running time is 65 minutes so plenty of time to go to the pub or for dinner to discuss the play afterwards!
Tickets are £12 and £10 concessions, which includes Equity members.
On Friday 11th November we are having a ‘Pay What You Can’ night. In addition, we are offering group bookings for any show of 10 people, an extra ticket for free.

As many of the themes in eXclusion tie in with elements of the national curriculum, we are currently putting together an educational resource pack for school/college groups, so if you are interested in finding out more about that, then do get in touch with us on email whoopnwail@gmail.com or via our website.

It’s all systems go for Whoop ‘n’ Wail as we prepare for our London run, shortly followed by a week at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell. The very talented Stewart Calladine, who designed the Whoop ‘n’ Wail logo and the striking eXclusion image, is currently working on the flyer and poster for the show, so watch this space. We are very much looking forward to teaming up again with our director Paul Taylor and the brilliant actress Jennifer Nicholas for rehearsals in the next couple of weeks.

So spread the word and see you at the show!

New dates for eXclusion

BREAKING NEWS!

With the Edinburgh Festival run under our belts it is time to bring eXclusion to London!  Whoop ‘n’ Wail are proud to announce they will be presenting eXclusion at the Waterloo East Theatre in November 2011, followed by a week at the South Hill Park Studio Theatre in Bracknell in December 2011.

Tickets are available from Waterloo East with NO BOOKING FEE!
Group discounts available for Schools/Colleges

8-27 Nov: Waterloo East Theatre: 0207 928 0060 / www.waterlooeast.co.uk
13-18 Dec: South Hill Park Studio: 01344 484 123 / www.southhillpark.org.uk

eXclusion – the journey continues…

Since its inception, eXclusion has had an uncanny knack of fitting the news story of the day, keeping it both current and relevant.   From rehearsing scenes about a disaffected young offender during the London Riots and performing the piece (which comments on reality TV ) during the launch of the new series of X Factor, eXclusion – a play which addresses the incarceration of women and Trial By Media – now has its English premiere in the wake of the Amanda Knox trial.   With more people voting for reality shows than elections, and prison reform at the forefront of party politics,  Whoop ‘n’ Wail’s eXclusion has its finger well and truly on the pulse.