Whoop ‘n’ Wail’s founders win the Cambridge University Press”Channel the Bard” competition!

In 2016, as part of their Shakespeare 400 commemorations, Cambridge University Press invited submission of short plays inspired by the works of the Bard. Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman of Whoop ‘n’ Wail Theatre Company submitted their short play, My Bloody Laundrette to the “Channel the Bard” competition, and were delighted to win!

via Winners of the Cambridge University Press “Channel the Bard” competition! — Whoop ‘n’ Wail

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About Deborah Klayman

Deborah is an actress, musician, voice artist, writer and mental health worker. She trained at the University of Northumbria, and at Drama Studio London. Deborah has performed in the UK and overseas in a variety of roles including: Emilia in 'Othello', Juliana Tesman in 'Hedda Gabler', Regan in 'King Lear', Mrs Pugh/Polly Garter in 'Under Milk Wood' and Fluellen/Alice in Henry V. Film and TV roles include: Geordie in a TV pilot for 'Dead Man's Cardy', Reporter in 'Mission London', Sarah in 'For Better or Worse', and Nurse Tremaine in 'Another Day. Deborah is also a successful voice artist, recording projects for companies such as M&C Saatchi/Silverfish Media, BP, Oxford University Press and The Scottish Sunday Express. Deborah is a talented writer, penning plays and screenplays primarily on issues surrounding social justice. Her first play, 'Janetarium', was one of three selected through the Traverse Theatre's Class Act project and was subsequently staged at the Traverse and published in Theatre Scotland Magazine. She later joined the theatre's Young Writers Group, and continued to write and devise plays throughout her university and drama school training. In 2013, she became one of the "Traverse Fifty" writers, undertaking a year-long attachment. In 2011, Deborah co-founded Whoop 'n' Wail Theatre with friend, collaborator and writing partner Ali Kemp. Their debut production, 'eXclusion', was produced in association with UK charity Women In Prison and toured to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, London's Waterloo East Theatre, and Bracknell's South Hill Park Arts Centre. In 2014, they launched "Whoop 'n' Wail Represents...", gender-equal new writing showcases where all plays pass the Bechdel Test. In 2017, their play 'My Bloody Laundrette" won the Cambridge University Press "Channel the Bard" competition. View all posts by Deborah Klayman

One response to “Whoop ‘n’ Wail’s founders win the Cambridge University Press”Channel the Bard” competition!

  • Anna Rutenberg

    Congrats to  you Deb and Ali, for winning this entry.It is an Honor, for sure. Keep it going.Hugs to you bothAnna

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