Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman of Whoop’n’Wail theatre company have collaborated with 17Percent before, on our evening of plays inspired by HG Wells, She Writes: What’s through the door? produced in 2013, and several of their short plays have been showcased at She Writes. We are very happy to announce our support for their new showcase, Represents…
With brand new plays from both male and female writers, Represents… is a showcase with a difference.
Consisting of six fifteen-minute shorts, each piece of writing must pass the Bechdel Test – they must include at least two named female characters who, at some stage, talk to each other about something other than a man. Inspired by Alison Bechdel’s now famous 1987 comic strip, The Rules, the Bechdel Test has become the benchmark for gauging fair representation on stage and screen.
The Launch features work by both established and emerging playwrights and directors invited by the curators to kick off this inaugural event.
For future events, each night will have an overarching theme, with pieces selected via an open submission process. Each submission will be read, six selected, then Whoop ‘n’ Wail will invite applications from directors and pair them with playwrights.
Whoop ‘n’ Wail have committed to achieving gender equality on the UK stage by creating a night of entertaining and engaging theatre. Represents… is both timely and of paramount importance while equal representation is at forefront of the industry’s consciousness. It is presented in association with 17Percent and with the kind assistance of Waterloo East Theatre.
Plays featured in this launch show are:
Dust by Sarah Davies, directed by Norman Murray
The Final Frontier by Sam Hall, directed by John Mitton
Three Women in a Music Box by Dan Horrigan, directed by Alice Bonifacio
On the Horizon by Adam Hughes, directed by Sarah Davies
My Bloody Laundrette by Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman, directed by Paul Taylor
Cause for Alarm by Deborah Klayman, directed by Emily Bush
Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents…THE LAUNCH
Monday 17th November 2014 @ 19:30
Monday 24th November 2014 @ 19:30
Tickets: £8 (£6 conc)
Waterloo East Theatre
Brad Street, London, SE1 8TG
Box office: 020 7928 0060