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Whoop 'n' Wail

Film director Georgie Weedon’s journey into feminist theatre.

As a director of factual movies (I have stopped saying documentaries following Michael Moore’s recent brilliant advice), the opportunity to direct a play was thrilling and a little terrifying.

I met Ali and Debs for the first time, in a cafe in Covent Garden in March. I had seen an advert calling for directors for a night of new plays that would pass the Bechdel TestWhoop ‘n’ Wail Represents…Mayday.

To me the appeal was two-fold: I am dazzled by Mark Rylance’s performance in Wolf Hall but bored by the number of male characters wafting about the screen in some kind of Tudor stag night saga; And then those ugly stats about the dismal number of female directors and lack of trust in female-led films and theatre.

Ali and Debs weren’t just ruing the situation, they were doing something…

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About Deborah Klayman

Deborah trained at Drama Studio London and is co-founder of Whoop 'n' Wail Theatre Company. She is an actress, musician and voice artist represented by Nelson Browne Management Ltd. As an actor, Deborah has performed in the UK and overseas in a variety of theatre and film roles. She is also a talented cellist, singer and voice artist. Deborah was one of the Traverse Fifty playwrights, and won the Cambridge University Press "Channel The Bard" competition for My Bloody Laundrette, which she co-authored with Whoop 'n' Wail co-founder Ali Kemp. Ali & Deborah are Associate Performers at the Old Diorama Arts Centre in London. Their new full-length play, But For Us, is currently in development. View all posts by Deborah Klayman

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