Trapped, play, 20 minutes, Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman, 2016
An absurd satire that places the audience at the centre of the action.
Madjesty, play, 15 minutes, Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman, 2015
A dark comedy about the impact of funding cuts on mental health services, viewed through the lens of some recognisable characters. When "the Institution" closes, how will Liz and those she cares for survive in an unforgiving world?
Heart's Desire, play, 15 minutes, Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman, 2015
A comedy with a twist. Aided by hosts Sally and Ade, when best friends Rachael and Jenny enter a gameshow they find out how far they are willing to go to win their "heart's Desire".
Losing Light, play, 17 minutes, Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman, 2013
An absurdist play about four siblings returning home. Children’s games turn sinister when they’re played by dysfunctional adults. Originally performed as part of a dark comedy short play showcase, She Writes: What's Through The Door, where each play was inspired by HG Wells’ story The Door in the Wall.
Cascade of Baubles, play, 16 minutes, Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman, 2012
Examining the cascade effect on children who experience domestic violence, Cascade of Baubles is set in snapshot scenes of 5 Christmases, each 5 years apart and follows siblings Alex and Jo, their parents, and their adult relationships. Challenging perceptions of who is the perpetrator and who is the victim of domestic violence, the six characters in the play are not defined by gender and so the play can be performed in any number of gender configurations. To highlight the possible impact on adults who experience domestic violence as children, the scenes in the play are presented in reverse chronological order although can be run chronologically if a director so chooses.
Madjesty, play, 15 minutes, Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman, 2012
Madjesty addresses the impact of Government funding cuts on London services, and juxtaposes the possible fate of individuals suffering with mental ill health with well-known characters from recent history. While it is easy to make assumptions about and pass judgement on those we do not know, this play challenges the audience to question those beliefs and suggests a more compassionate view of the characters it presents.
My Bloody Laundrette, play, 12 minutes, Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman, 2012
Written to interpret the theme of ‘What is Art?’ and in response to the Bechdel Test, My Bloody Laundrette finds Princess Leia, Juliet Capulet and Mona Lisa having a good old fashioned ‘mother’s meeting’ in the laundrette. The women discover a shared experience, that they are all women created by men. Together they find their own stories to tell.
For Better or Worse, screenplay short, 3:50 minutes, Deborah Klayman, 2011
It is Anne’s wedding day and she’s planned it to perfection. Her long-time friend and bridesmaid, Sarah, is helping her to get ready but is interrupted by a unsettling text message.
eXclusion, play, 70 minutes, Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman, 2011
When three women compete for release from prison, who should have the final say - the courts, the press, or the public? Tonight they discover their fate. Two will stay, one will go - who will get your vote?
Set in a women’s prison somewhere in the UK, eXclusion explores the reality of the criminal justice system through the relationships and experiences of three women who become unlikely friends while incarcerated in an unnamed prison. The play presents a subject many still consider taboo. With a number of damning reports about existing institutions and debates about punishment versus rehabilitation in the media, we ask who is best placed to make the decisions that massively impact these women’s lives - the courts, the press or the public? This up-to-the-minute reality TV pastiche directly engages the audience asking: if you are given the power to decide these women’s fates, who will get your vote?
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