ArtyStew is on Etsy!

Our good friend and collaborator ArtyStew, who has designed all of Whoop ‘n’ Wail‘s logos and images since we launched in 2011, now has a shop on Etsy:


Abstract illustractions, line drawings and digital illustrations that you can now have the pleasure of purchasing and owning!

For more of Stewart’s images and designs please visit Etsy or the Whoop ‘n’ Wail website.

We love deadlines!

Working to a tight deadline can often be a daunting task, but here at Whoop ‘n’ Wail HQ we welcome the challenge!

We are currently putting the finishing touching to our new short play, including finalising the title (we don’t think ‘Untitled’ is going to fit the bill…) and will be submitting it at the end of this week. Exciting times!

Meanwhile, our friends at 17 percent have published photos from the recent ‘She Writes’ Showcase, which included our short play My Bloody Laundrette.

As always, there is a lot going on so make sure you watch this space!

Ali & Debs

Whoop ‘n’ Wail at ‘She Writes’

This evening we travelled to Whitstable in Kent for the 17PercentShe Writes‘ showcase where our new short play, My Bloody Laundrette was performed for the first time.  It was very exciting as we had no idea how the piece had been interpreted or how it would be received by an audience.  The theme of the event was “What is art?”, and a total of seven plays were performed by a talented group of actors and superbly directed by Sarah Davies.  The evening was introduced by 17Percent founder Sam Hall and the running order was:

Joined at the Hip by Sally Whyte

Drawing A Blank by Sioned Jones

Graf by Sam Hall

My Bloody Laundrette by Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman

The Arrangement by Maggie Drury

Pink Lady by Tracy Harris

Who Knows Art? by Karen Bartholemew

We are delighted to say that our play was well received, and that all of the plays and performances were excellent!  Also, it was a real pleasure to be a part of the showcase and to meet so many committed, talented people who are as passionate as we are about new writing by women.  We look forward to attending the next event on 5th December and intend to submit another play on the new theme, Passions, for consideration shortly.

Both of us would like to say a big thank you to Sam for including us and making us feel so welcome, and to the fabulous actors that performed our piece tonight.

Ali & Debs

But I’m the only Smurfette in the village!

So, while Whoop ‘n’ Wail’s current project is coming on nicely, Ali & Debs took a little time out this week to write a short play – just 6 pages long – on the theme of ‘What is art?’ for the next 17percent She Writes showcase for short plays by women. A lot of fun was had coming up with ideas and characters for the story and by giving ourselves just the afternoon and evening to complete the play, we were somewhat stepping out of our comfort zone. We are pleased with the result. My Bloody Laundrette will be submitted for the showcase and we’ll let you know if we are selected!

We have been particularly enjoying the work of Anita Sarkeesian this week and indeed her blog The Feminist Frequency, inspired us for My Bloody Laundrette. Anita is a feminist pop culture media critic and her video blogs are both entertaining and fascinating. Check out her discussions on film, in particular The Smurfette Principle and The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies – a simple test to check how present women are in films and how well rounded their characters are – shocking and unsurprising in equal measure.

We’d be interested in your thoughts.

Best to you all

Ali & Debs