About Deborah Klayman

Deborah is an actress, musician, playwright and voice artist based in the UK. She trained at Drama Studio London and is represented by Mary Elliot Nelson at Nelson Browne Management Ltd.

Originally from Edinburgh, Deborah was one of the Traverse Theatre’s Traverse Fifty playwrights, and is co-founder of Whoop ‘n’ Wail Theatre.

Deborah is a talented writer, penning articles, 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 in 1994 and published in Theatre Scotland Magazine that same year.  She later joined the theatre’s Young Writers Group, and continued to write and devise plays throughout her university and drama school training.  In 2005, she co-authored Eve & Lilith with Jessica Martenson which was produced at that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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.  Deborah and Ali have also co-authored Cascade of Baubles, Heart’s Desire, Losing Light , Madjesty, My Bloody Laundrette and Trapped. In 2017, My Bloody Laundrette won the Cambridge University Press “Channel the Bard” competition. Whoop ‘n’ Wail’s next project is currently in development.

Deborah was selected for the Traverse Fifty and her short play, The Boundary, was staged as part of the Traverse Theatre ‘Plays for Edinburgh’ in January 2013. The Boundary received a favourable review and has now been developed into a full-length play.

“I loved Deborah Klayman’s Boundary, which brought images of cities divided by war home to the famous urban boundary between Edinburgh and Leith.”    Joyce McMillan

Deborah has performed in the UK and overseas in a variety of roles which include 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. She has also appeared as Geordie in Dead Man’s Cardy – Tyne Bride (TV Pilot) and a number of film projects.

An experienced voice artist, Deborah has recorded projects for clients such as BP, Saatchi & Saachi, Portland TV,  The Scottish Sunday Express and Oxford University Press.

An accomplished cellist and singer, the projects Deborah undertakes frequently utilise her musical talents.


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