Hard at work…

Working away on our latest project (shhh) at The Poetry Cafe in Central London and were delighted to hear two police officers on motorbikes literally Whooping outside!  Glad to know they are supporting our work….

As well as working hard on the new material and focusing on ways to promote and develop the company, including forging new links with like-minded peeps, we are eagerly awaiting the start of August and this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Although WnW will not be producing a show there this year we will be enjoying the Festival and the Edinburgh ambiance, researching and networking, seeing as many shows as we can manage and supporting some of our friends who are performing this year:

The Ruby Dolls
Bekka Bowling & Shane Todd
Patrick Monahan
South Hill Park Arts Centre

We will be posting our must see shows and recommendations throughout the Fringe – see you there! 😉

Ali & Debs


WOW! Women of the World

Well, it feels a bit late to be saying happy 2012 but having taken a well earned break after the fantastic experience that was eXclusion, Ali and Debs are busy working on more Whoop ‘n’ Wail projects. We are very excited to be starting work on our second play – don’t want to give anything away at this stage but watch this space – and last month we filmed For Better Or Worse, written by Debs and directed by Rakesh Mohun and Jairus Obayomi.

This week from the 8th – 11th March, Ali and Debs will be at the Women of the World extravaganza at the South Bank Centre, London. Having been involved in a consultation meeting during the planning of this event, we have been invited to be mentors and their ‘Speed Mentoring’ sessions during the weekend. For more information about this and for the full and fantastic programme of events, follow this link:


See you there.

Ali & Debs

Our latest review..

Just been to see Whoop ‘n Wail’s eXclusion. A very original show which had me captivated until the very last moment. If you love the x factor and its contemporaries, see this show. If you hate the x factor its contemporaries see this show. It is a dark hour that makes you think what could happen if your freedom was taken away, in a satirical way that questions how society believes it controls the lives of the individual through media. You may think an hour watching a women’s prison drama could be better spent, take it from me, it is an hour very well spent in the presence of an excellent cast, two of whom have written the piece from a very informed perspective. 
Kevin Whibley, Photographer.


One week to go until curtain up at South Hill Park

This time next week we will be preparing to go on stage at the studio at South Hill Park. Debs and Ali popped down there this week to say hello to everyone. It was Ali’s first visit and she was particularly impressed by the vibrant atmosphere and beautiful location. Debs met with many old friends as she has worked there before on The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry V. They hooked up with eXclusion’s director Paul Taylor, fresh from performing in Cinderella and still covered in glitter! They also met with Adrian and Rebecca who have been working hard to promote the show to local schools and colleges – thank you guys – and were delighted to bump into Tom Neill, who directed both Ali and Debs in Under Milk Wood at Pentameters Theatre earlier this year.

Check out the piece in last weeks Bracknell News about SHP’s studio theatre and their up and coming productions, including of course, eXclusion.


Looking forward to arriving at South Hill Park

Well our time at Waterloo East Theatre sadly came to an end on Sunday. We would like to thank Gerald Armin and all at the theatre, who made us feel so welcome. Also a big thanks to Gareth Radcliffe and Beth-Louise Priestley for stepping in to help out with the tech side of things. Most importantly – a big shout out to all who came to see the show and who gave us some great feedback. Check out the review for eXclusion in the Southwark News  http://www.southwarknews.co.uk/arts/theatre/00,news,25042,462,00.htm

A few early nights later, we are refreshed and ready for South Hill Park, where we will, for rehearsals at least, be reunited with our director Paul Taylor who has been otherwise engaged as an ugly sister in Cinderella at SHP.

Debs and Ali are heading down to SHP next week to meet Rebecca, the Education Manager, who is doing sterling work, publicising the show to schools and colleges in the area. Don’t forget that if you work in a school or college and are thinking of bringing a group of students (not suitable for under 12s), we do have a fantastic educational resource pack including around 20 hours of teaching materials – get in touch with us at whoopnwail@gmail.com if you are interested.

So there is a little over a week to go until the X Factor final. Stave off those post final withdrawals by booking your self a ticket to eXclusion. Who will get your vote?

South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
Tuesday 13th – Sunday 18th December 2011
8pm, running time 65 minutes
£10, conc £9, members/NHS or HMP staff £8
Students group discount available – contact us or SHP for details

no women in prison by 2015

eXclusion is now into it’s run at the wonderful Waterloo East Theatre and we have had a lovely response from our audiences. We would like to extend our thanks to Gerald Armin and everyone at Waterloo East, we have been made to feel really welcome. We would also like to thank our brilliant technical crew, without whom, there would be no show. Great work all.

We were featured in yesterday’s Wharf newspaper. You can read the interview with Ali and Deborah by clicking on this link: http://www.wharf.co.uk/2011/11/prison-play-leaves-verdict-to.html

Tonight, Friday 11th November is ‘pay what you can night‘, so come along and put in whatever you can afford.

On Thursday 17th November we are having a gala evening with a post show discussion with a panel of invited guests and led by Rachel Halford Director of Women In  Prison. It promises to be a fascinating debate, particularly in light of Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt’s announcement yesterday that he is aiming for no women to be in prison by 2015. So come along and find out the panel’s response to that one!

See you at the theatre