My worst nightmare!

Preparing to go on stage as Katie in Madjesty for Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents…Mayday, I put the finishing touches to my make up. Lipstick on and dabbed, I stood by the wings and waited for my cue. The opening music, The Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen, fired up and on stage I went.

As the lights went up there was a howl of laughter, screams and wolf whistles from a packed house. What was so funny? We hadn’t even started yet. Why were people laughing?

And as I stood there, bemused, I felt an uncomfortable draft. With horror, and hardly daring to look, I went to place my hands on my stomach, now sick with nerves. My hands were met not with the soft cotton of my blue wrap around dress but the synthetic polyester and elastane silkiness of my big black ‘Bridget Jones’ pants. I stood there, the bright stage lights staring into my blinking eyes, heart pounding and sweat slowly inching down my back.

Taking a deep breath to calm my thumping chest, I slowly opened my eyes. I found myself, rigid and slightly sticky, looking at the streams of bright sunlight streaming through my bedroom window. It was Monday morning and I was due at the theatre for the tech rehearsal. With a huge dose of relief, I chastised myself for not managing a more original anxiety dream. I am a playwright after all!

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Ali Kemp, Ian Crump & Tom Neill in Madjesty by Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman

Thankfully Represents…Mayday went without a hitch. We had packed, appreciative audiences on both nights; six, fantastically interesting plays, all including fully rounded female characters; wonderful performances, beautifully directed;  and although I did flash my big, black ‘Bridget Jones’ pants from under my cobalt blue kimono, it was rehearsed and a part of my character choice!

Debs and I would like to extend our thanks to: Writers Brian Redmond, Paul Howard, Sarah Davies, William Patterson and Lizzie Bourne; Directors Georgie Weedon, Alice Bonifacio, Marc Kelly, Janet Palmer, James Callas Ball and Paul Kevin-Taylor; Actors Sharon Maughan, Amy Cooke Hodgson, Jonah Fazel, Chinwe A Nwokolo, Bronte Tadman, Coleen Daley, Miranda Dawe, Ian Curran, Rachal Olivant, Laura Garnier, Anna Brooks-Beckman, Roberta Morris, Sophie Mackenzie, Lydia Huhne, Gerri Farrell, Tom Neill and Ian Crump; Technical support Tom Neill, Paul Kevin-Taylor, Eirik Bar and Gareth Radcliffe; Photography George Riddell; Graphic design Stewart Calladine @arty_stew; Waterloo East Theatre Gerald Armin and staff; and Sam Hall with 17percent for continued support.

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COMING SOON: The writers’ submission brief for the next Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents…

Here at Whoop ‘n’ Wail HQ we are taking one last look back at Represents…Desire with a very big thank you to all the fabulously creative people who came together to make it all happen.

“A celebration of feminist theatre that explodes any notions that it’s predictable or restrictive.”

James Waygood, Grumpy Gay Critic

We would like to give particular thanks to the writers, and not just those whose work was included, but all those who took the time to create and submit their work for consideration. With submissions from across the globe and three US writers included in the lineup, it has truly been an international adventure and look forward to seeing the relationships that have been forged flourish into the future.

Here are some pictorial reminders of the pieces, courtesy of George Riddell to whom we are very grateful – the quotes are taken from the review written by James Waygood and published on grumpygaycritic.co.uk.


 

Heart’s Desire by Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman, directed by Emily Bush

“Kemp and Klayman do a wonderful job of using game rounds to establish the main characters backgrounds and intentions…the twist is quite a surprising one and is worth the pay off.”

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(L-R) Caroline Loncq, Georgina Panton, Isobel Wolff, Jonathan Akingba


The Hidden Room by Patricia Reynoso, directed by Norman Murray

“An absolutely blistering and affecting piece, and possibly my favourite for the evening.”

Hidden Room 2

Radhika Aggarwal & Ariadne Barnes


Three AM by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, directed by Dan Horrigan

“Acted superbly by Klayman and Charlotte Couture as the two women on the edge, it’s a snappy little piece of bite and humour.”

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Deborah Klayman & Charlotte Couture


Nice Jumper by Daniel Page, directed by Alice Bonifacio

“Page’s characters have a wonderful little repartee going on throughout, and a slow reveal that has you wondering what on earth is going on right up to the last minute.”

Nice Jumper 2

(L-R) Anyebe Godwin, Dani Moseley & Lizzie Bourne


Would You Let Me Finish by Leon Kaye, directed by Sarah Davies

“Kaye’s lambaste of the TV psychic circuit is bang on form and incredibly witty.”

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Nichola Rivers & Laura Garnier


The Work-Love Balance by Tom Jensen, directed by Tom Neill

“certainly the boldest and most experimental piece of the evening,which it pulls off marvellously well.”

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(L-R) Emily Stride, Lee White & Rachel Dobell


COMING SOON:

The writers’ submission brief for the next Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents…

The denouement of Desire.

Represents…Desire couldn’t have gone better. What a fantastic team of writers, directors, actors and technicians we had. And of course, all coming together at Waterloo East Theatre with the wonderful support of Gerald Armin. And then there were the audiences – the place was packed on both nights with friends and family; WET regulars and people who just wanted to know what Represents…Desire was all about.

As Debs was performing in Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich’s Three a.m., I took on the stage management duties. During Friday’s technical rehearsal, amongst welcoming a succession of directors with their casts; keeping a sharp eye on timings, making sure that everyone kept to schedule; running for teas and coffees; setting up the props table; and of course, feeding everyone Caramac cookies, I had a moment.

I suddenly became acutely aware of myself, where I was and what I was doing. Sitting in the auditorium, the tech for The Hidden Room by Californian based writer Patricia Reynoso was underway. I looked back to see director Norman Murray discussing lighting states with Paul Kevin-Taylor and Tom Neill – three men, who I originally know from completely different places. Looking to the stage, I saw two actors, Radhika Aggarwal and Ariane Barnes, who I had never met before, both were friendly and professional and as it turns out, sensitive and powerful performers.

Radhika Aggarwal & Ariane Barnes in The Hidden Room by Patricia Reynoso

Radhika Aggarwal & Ariane Barnes in The Hidden Room by Patricia Reynoso

And as I was sitting there in the auditorium, I felt such an enormous sense of pride. Little old me and Debs (actually it’s me that’s old, not so much Debs) had done this. We had brought all this creative energy into one room and everyone was so focused on the same aim  – a right good show, which it was.

But there is no time for all this self indulgent reflection. Represents…Desire has come to an end, today is Sunday and I for one can safely say I’m still in my pyjamas.

Tomorrow, however, is a new week and preparations will begin for the next Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents….

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What a dazzling display of dashingly desirable directors!

We are very proud to be able to announce our wonderful team of delightfully desirable directors:

Alice Bonifacio is directing Nice Jumper by Dan Page
Norman Murray will direct The Hidden Room by Patricia Reynoso
Tom Neill directs The Work-Love Balance by Tom Jensen
Dan Horrigan will direct Three AM by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
Sarah Davies is working on Would You Let Me Finish? by Leon Kaye and
Emily Bush has taken the helm on Heart’s Desire by Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman.

Having introduced our directors to the writers, it transpired that (director) Tom and (writer) Tom are almost neighbours, which we hadn’t realised and is quite incredible really given the international nature of this showcase.

All are working hard together, casting is close to complete and rehearsals are underway. It is now time to reflect on what it’s like doing this a second time around.

What we realise as we work towards Represents…Desire is the importance of a thorough debrief.

Bringing together …The Launch in November was very much a learning process for us – with six plays, six directors and six casts – so after the event, we sat down and discussed every element of the production, from securing our venue to curtain up, and figured out what worked and what didn’t work. We looked at how certain things could have been done differently and acknowledged what really went well.

From these discussions we were able to start planning for …Desire and, so far, so good – a much more relaxed experience. However there is still much to do, so it’s time to go and get on with it.

Don’t forget, get your ticket in advance for only £10. …The Launch was a sell-out so don’t delay! Tickets are on sale here .

Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents…Desire
Waterloo East Theatre, London, SE1 8TG
Friday 6th & Saturday 7th February 2015, 7.30pm
Tickets on sale now: £10 in advance (£12 on the door)
Box office: 020 7928 0060 / http://www.waterlooeast.co.uk

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And relax. Well, kinda…

It’s been a few days since our last show – for the time being – at Waterloo East Theatre and Ali & Debs have had the chance to reflect on the wonderful response Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents..The Launch has had. From the passion and commitment of all the talented creatives involved in putting on this show, to the thirst for new writing that the audience brought with them to the theatre. Although Ali & Debs are now reclaiming those parts of their lives that inevitably go on hold when producing a show, Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents will be back in the new year. Until then, we thought we’d share with you a few of our rehearsal shots.

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Michael Walsh and Ali Kemp in Cause for Alarm

Beth Louise-Priestley and Matt Mowat in Dust

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Gavin Dobson and Victoria Denard in The Final Frontier

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Amy Flight and Amanda Croft in On the Horizon

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Gerri Farrell in My Bloody Laundrette

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Deborah Klayman, Georgina Periam and Gerri Farrell in My Bloody Laundrette

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Lizzie Bourne, Thea Beyleveld and Dani Moseley in Three Women in a Music Box

Lovely Tom

The rather lovely Tom Neill

Frame Up

Paul Kevin-Taylor and Tom Neill have left the building – goodnight everybody!

Let’s do it all again!

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It’s not easy producing a show that consists of 6 plays by 6 different writers, 6 directors and 6 casts but last Monday’s Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents..The Launch was testimony to the talent and professionalism of those involved in this project. The technical rehearsal, led by the wonderful Tom Neill went seamlessly and even ran ahead of schedule at one point – for those of you in the business, you’ll know that this is almost unheard of – and the show itself, to a lovely audience, was a great success. We are looking forward to seeing the cast and crew again tomorrow (24th Nov) to do it all over again. It will be great to see you there too! Join:

the cast of The Final Frontier by Sam Hall, Victoria Denard, Gavin Dobson, Tatjana Sendzimir, Debbie Christie and director John Mitton; the cast of Three Women in a Music Box by Dan Horrigan, Lizzie Bourne, Thea Beyleveld and Dani Moseley and director Alice Bonifacio; and the cast of Cause for Alarm by Deborah Klayman, Michael Walsh, Anto Cossu, Ali Kemp and director Emily Bush.

not to mention

the cast of On the Horizon by Adam Hughes, Amanda Croft, Amy Flight and director Sarah Davies; the cast of Dust by Sarah Davies, Suzie Preece, Beth-Louise Priestley and director Norman Murray; and the cast of My Bloody Laundrette by Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman, Gerri Farrell, Georgina Periam, Deborah Klayman and director Paul Kevin-Taylor.

It’s going to be another great show and come for a drink afterwards, just around the corner, in the Kings Arms. http://thekingsarmslondon.co.uk/

Get your tickets here: http://www.waterlooeast.co.uk/

Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents..The Launch

Waterloo East Theatre, Brad Street, London, SE1 8TN

Monday 24th November 7.30pm

Playwrights in Represents

Represents.. is good to go!

Successful tech production meeting with the multi-talented and rather lovely Tom Neill at his studio in Windsor yesterday. Bring on Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents..The Launch, tomorrow night! Photo1619

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Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents..The Launch

Waterloo East Theatre, London

Monday 17th & 24th November @7.30pm

http://www.waterlooeast.co.uk

£8 / £6 concessions