© Whoop 'n' Wail Theatre Company
Whoop ‘n’ Wail Theatre Company was founded in 2011 by Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman. An innovative emerging theatre company, Whoop ‘n’ Wail is dedicated to producing quality drama with a sense of humour and a social conscience. They aim to take their work to the widest possible audience, bringing innovation and entertainment while promoting social justice.
Ali Kemp: Co-founder
Ali is an actress, musician (voice and violin), writer and producer working in theatre and film. She trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and The Actors Temple, London. Ali went on to co-found Casting Fusion, creating opportunities for actors to develop working relationships with other industry professionals. Prior to her acting career, Ali worked as an advisor on mental health and disability within education.
Deborah Klayman: Co-founder
Deborah is a professional actress, musician (voice and cello), voice artist, writer and producer working in film, theatre, and radio. She trained at Drama Studio London, and undertook a year-long attachment to the Traverse Theatre as one of the Traverse Fifty Writers in 2013. She recently finished her first full-length play, The Boundary. Deborah has previously toured to prisons and YOIs, and spent eight years working in forensic mental health.
Whoop ‘n’ Wail’s debut production, eXclusion, premièred in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, subsequently touring to Waterloo East Theatre and South Hill Park Arts Centre. eXclusion was produced in association with UK charity Women in Prison, who then invited Ali & Deborah to run a scriptwriting workshop for a group of women in Bronzefield Prison, Middlesex.
Ali & Deborah have since produced a short film, For Better or Worse, and written a number of short plays including: My Bloody Laundrette, Madjesty, Cascade of Baubles and Losing Light.
In 2012, My Bloody Laundrette was selected for a 17percent ‘She Writes’ Showcase, and three months later Ali and Deborah were delighted to hear that their work had been selected once again - this time Cascade of Baubles. They were later commissioned to write a piece inspired by HG Wells’ story The Door in the Wall for She Writes: What's Through the Door? The showcase, and their play Losing Light, gained a four-star review at London's Canal Cafe and was reprised at the Rochester Literature Festival.
Ali and Deborah are a part of the Dramaturgs’ Network and participate in the annual Women of the World Festival (WOW) at the Southbank Centre, London.
Continuing to write together, Ali & Deborah have a number of projects in development. Their latest venture, Whoop 'n' Wail Represents..., launched at Waterloo East Theatre in November 2014.