17Percent She Writes Showcase

17Percent in association with Canal Cafe Theatre presents
She Writes: What’s Through The Door?
an evening of new one act plays by women

three plays by Sam Hall, Sarah Hehir, and Whoop’n’Wail
inspired by HG Wells’ story “The Door in the Wall”
directed by Amy Clare Tasker

featuring Jonathan Akingba, Mathew Betteridge, Rachel Dobell, Abla Kandalaft, and Georgina Panton.

Wednesday, 25 September at 7:30PM
Canal Cafe Theatre, London

Saturday, 5 October at 7PM
Rochester Literature Festival

We set four female playwrights a challenge, to write a play no longer than 17 minutes, based on any aspect of HG Wells’ story “The Door in the Wall” – an allegorical tale of dark longing and obsession. She Writes: What’s Through the Door? is an unexpected evening of dangerous games, space age fantasy, and questionable reality.

17Percent is an organisation to support and promote UK-based female playwrights founded by Sam Hall in 2009.


17Percent’s She Writes London showcase is “three plays in one, each delightful and mysterious. The pieces are beautifully and intelligently connected by an overarching narrative…an entertaining and thought provoking evening.” Read More…
– Everything Theatre September 2013

The Plays and The Playwrights

Losing Light by Whoop’n’Wail. Children’s games turn sinister when they’re played by dysfunctional adults.
Whoop’n’Wail are Ali Kemp & Deborah Klayman: both performers, and co-founders of Whoop‘n’Wail Theatre Company. Their debut play, ‘eXclusion’, toured the Edinburgh Fringe, Waterloo East Theatre and South Hill Park Arts Centre in 2011.

The Audition by Sam Hall. It’s just another audition for a sci-fi show for a wannabe actor, until the other aliens start acting pretty odd, and all is not what it seems.
Sam Hall’s plays have been performed in the UK and internationally, her play ‘Seven tunes on the flute’ received its world premiere in Italy at the Trends festival of new British Writing, April 2013, and her first play, written long ago whilst still at school, won the Six Counties Festival

The Fourth Circle by Sarah Hehir. Two siblings are reunited after the death of their mother in this allegorical tale.
Sarah Hehir is the winner of The 2013 Writer’s Prize sponsored by the BBC Writersroom. Her play ‘Bang Up’ was broadcast on Radio Four on 8 August 2013.