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A vibrant full length play celebrating our NHS and those willing to fight for its survival.
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But For Us is our new full length play celebrating our NHS and those willing to fight for its survival. Help us to fund a week of research and development, the next step in getting this important work of theatre to the stage.

Welfare's in a state and the pensioners are revolting.

 75-year-old Dora Cockburn is a life-long campaigner, fighting to save the NHS from the politicians and privateers with only a packet of biscuits and partner-in-crime Ray to help her. Now her estranged son Martin, a Tory MP, is on her doorstep asking for help – what’s a woman to do?   

Campaigner and friend of Whoop 'n' Wail Gloria Wildman
Campaigner and friend of Whoop 'n' Wail Gloria Wildman

From the Windrush to Westminster and the high rise to the halls of power, Dora must battle family feuds, party politics and media muscle in her quest for victory. But when the biscuits are down, help may come from an unlikely source… 


Research and development week

In order to get this timely, prescient and, dare we say, hugely entertaining play on the stage as a full production, we need your support to help us fund our research and development. This is an essential part of creating a new play, where the writers work with actors and a director to get the play on its feet to finely tune the script.  

We are raising funds so that we can pay a cast of fabulously talented actors and a director to work with us for one week. 

Rehearsed reading and showcase

At the end of the week, there will be a rehearsed reading of the play, which will be open to all. It will also be a showcase for guests from the theatre industry, our future collaborators and producers for a fully staged production of But For Us.

We are delighted to be Associate Performers at the Old Diorama Arts Centre in London where we held the first table read of But For Us back in January this year. Their support is proving invaluable in the development of this piece of work and we are grateful to them for providing us with our rehearsal space as funding in kind. 

More than a play

But For Us is more than a play. It is an act of solidarity and a celebration of all the people across the UK, from all over the world, who keep the NHS going. We can probably all agree that the NHS, as it is now, isn't perfect but boy, do we rely it in our time of need.

And it is under threat, make no mistake, from gradual privatisation; a move towards an insurance based healthcare system, such as in the USA; and of course the fall out from Brexit.

Now is the time for us to take a stand and use our talents to make our voices heard. We love the NHS and the principles on which it was founded. We know you do too.

So, join us. Please give what you can to support the development of But For Us, a play intended to inspire us into action to fight for the survival of our NHS.

#thefightgoeson

Testimonials and reviews

 “Whoop ‘n’ Wail, run by Ali and Debs, is a fantastically energetic, enterprising theatre company. I'm thrilled to have worked with them and hope to so again whenever we can. GO GIRLS!” Sharon Maughan, actress and director

"Ali and Debs are welcoming, well-organised producers - I look forward to working with them again.” Tom Neill, director and performer 

"Clever and original." The Scotsman on eXclusion

"(It) depicted the loneliness, the helplessness, the boredom and the  ever-present atmosphere of danger...it shouts realism all over the  place.” Southwark News on eXclusion

"A celebration of feminist theatre that explodes any notions that it’s predictable or restrictive. Whoop ‘n’ Wail continue to challenge and delight." **** James Waygood on Whoop 'n' Wail Represents...Desire

Risks and challenges

We've written the script, we've got the team and we are good to go. If we are successful in raising the money to pay our amazing cast of actors and for the hire of a theatre for them to perform in, there will be nothing stopping us. Your help will take But For Us to the next stage of its development towards a full production and will support the vital campaign to save our NHS.

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    Team Dora

    A huge thank you shout out on Twitter and Facebook and your name added to our list of backers on our website.

    N.B. we will want to shout your name from the roof tops but please let us know if you'd prefer to remain anonymous.

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    Dora's Army

    Your signature added to a letter for the Health Secretary making it clear that a universal, equitable, comprehensive, high quality, free at the point of delivery, centrally funded NHS must be fought for and must never be put 'on the table' at trade talks.

    You will also be a full member of Team Dora and receive the corresponding reward for that too.

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    Dora's Darlings

    Your name added to a special letter of thanks to the wonderful staff of our NHS and a copy sent to an NHS institution of your choosing.

    You too will be thanked profusely on social media, named as one of our backers on our website and have your name added to the letter of support for the NHS, which will be sent to the Health Secretary.

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    Dora's Angels

    Not only will your name added to our special letter of thanks to the wonderful staff of our NHS but it will also be sent to five, yes five, NHS institutions of your choosing.

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    Dora's Exuberant Activists

    Alongside your name on our hearty letter of thanks to the wonderful staff of five of your favourite NHS services, personalised messages to each telling them why you think they are so fab.

    All the aforementioned rewards will also be yours.

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    Dora's Devoted Campaigners

    A photo from the rehearsed reading of But For Us signed by the cast as well as all of the preceding rewards.

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    Dora's Warriors

    The best seats in the house at a rehearsed reading of But For Us in London and a chance to meet the cast. If, however, London isn't on your doorstep, we will send you an audio recording of selected scenes from the play as performed by the cast.

    And, of course, you will receive all the aforesaid rewards to boot.

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