The Plan: A Festival of New Writing

Our summer show, “The Plan” presents new short plays by different writers, the 2024 winners in KDC Theatre’s 8th annual new writing competition. All plays start with the same opening line:

“It’s not like we planned it.”

Our writers have taken that opening line and created their stories of what comes next. Each night will present rehearsed readings of new short plays, so be sure to come to both (and get a 15% discount if you book for both nights)!

Location: Drayton Arms Theatre
Dates & time: Tues 25 & Wed 26 June 2024, 7.30pm
Ticket prices: £16.50 / £12 for KDC members (15% discount if you book for both shows)
Run time: 90 minutes, plus interval


Tuesday 25 June
The Plan by Nigel Bell
Crossing Lines by Ken Preuss
Cue by Kate Danley
Godot’s Park Bench by J.J. Steinfeld
Slow Our Ship by Arianna Rose
Unplanned Planet by J. Ivanel Johnson
Agent X19 by Christian Simonsen
Coda by Victoria Buse
Spaced Out by Jennifer Walker

Wednesday 26 June
Who Am I Again by Liam D Gillies
The Trap by Peadar Donnelly
Goats & Bananas by Susanna Wolff
Deja Zoo by Brett Hursey
It’s Not Like We Planned It by David Salisbury
It’s Not Like We Planned It by V.B. Rankin
Bacon Sandwich by Simon Fisher
The Journey by Tara Kitson
The Cactus by Robert Emlyn Slater

Cast
Andreea Rediu
Anita Fuentes Mejia
Grace Over
Ida Axling
Jennifer Nettles
Jozef Radovsky
Julie Addy
Katie Gambold
Kelsey McOwat
Melanie Constance
Princess Williams
Rosie Pierce
Rufus Walkden
Sashini Wijesekera
Tom Bisgood
Zach Matcham

Directors
Sanhita Athalye
Jason Jodjana
Lucas Irwin
Ben Anadolu
Matthew Partridge
Azul Alysum
Alice Kellar
Anna Markland
Dean Reilly

Summer 2024 show: Full stack – writers needed!

Full Stack is back! KDC Theatre’s new writing competition and summer show returns as a Festival of New Writing of rehearsed readings, and we need YOU!

The Festival of New Writing, “The Plan”, will take place on Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June at the Drayton Arms Theatre and we are looking for script submissions . Below is all the information you need, so read on.

  • Calling all writers!

We are asking you to submit your short plays, with the winning scripts making up our Festival of New Writing show, “The Plan”; a great opportunity to see directors and actors bring your words to life.

This year we’re asking for submissions with the same opening line:

“It’s not like we planned it.”

Any genre is welcome, and we’re not looking for identikit plays to a theme. Be as creative as you like with where your story goes from that first line!

Each winning play will be performed as a rehearsed reading, with directors and actors drawn from a company created for the festival. The actors will sit in a line on chairs on stage, and have their scripts in their hands to read from. There will be no moving around (blocking), no costumes, and no props – unless extremely necessary and/or easy, which will have to be approved by the showrunner.

We want this to showcase as much new writing as we can fit into an evening so plays should be limited to a maximum of 8 minutes (6-7 pages) but you can submit as many scripts as you like. We will time each script and if they’re too long, we won’t be able to accept!

Be as flexible as you can with gender so we can assign both male and female presenting actors to your characters. 

Write for at least 2 characters (no monologues) and a maximum of 8 characters (doubling up is possible).

The deadline for submissions is 18 May 2024 and you can submit your scripts HERE. The selection committee will read all plays once the submission window closes and then get back to each writer with the outcome of the selection process.

Once we have our selection of short plays, we of course need directors and actors! This is an excellent show for new and starting directors and actors to get stuck in without the commitment and pressure of a full-length play. If you come on board, you will work on multiple short plays over the course of the rehearsal period.

Thank you to all those who applied to direct or act in the show – we have already received enough applications and are finalizing the line-ups.

Tickets will go on sale very soon, please sign up for our newsletter or keep an eye on our social media for the announcements!

Summer 2024 show: Full Stack

Full Stack is back! KDC Theatre’s new writing competition and summer show returns as a Festival of New Writing of rehearsed readings, and we need YOU!

The Festival of New Writing, “The Plan”, will take place on Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June at the Drayton Arms Theatre and we need writers, actors, and directors to make this a success. Below is all the information you need, so read on.

  • For Writers

Calling all writers!

We are asking you to submit your short plays, with the winning scripts making up our Festival of New Writing show, “The Plan”; a great opportunity to see directors and actors bring your words to life.

This year we’re asking for submissions with the same opening line:

“It’s not like we planned it.”

Any genre is welcome, and we’re not looking for identikit plays to a theme. Be as creative as you like with where your story goes from that first line!

Each winning play will be performed as a rehearsed reading, with directors and actors drawn from a company created for the festival.

We want this to showcase as much new writing as we can fit into an evening so plays should be limited to a maximum of 8 minutes (6-7 pages) but you can submit as many scripts as you like. We will time each script and if they’re too long, we won’t be able to accept!

Be as flexible as you can with gender so we can assign both male and female presenting actors to your characters. 

Write for at least 2 characters (no monologues) and a maximum of 8 characters (doubling up is possible).

The deadline for submissions is 18 May 2024 and you can submit your scripts HERE. The selection committee will read all plays once the submission window closes and then get back to each writer with the outcome of the selection process.

Once we have our selection of short plays, we of course need directors and actors! This is an excellent show for new and starting directors and actors to get stuck in without the commitment and pressure of a full-length play. If you come on board, you will work on multiple short plays over the course of the rehearsal period.

  • For Directors

Directors will come on board for the whole of the rehearsal period and will take on multiple plays to direct. Exactly how many you take on will be decided in conversation and will depend on your appetite, the total pool of directors we have signed up, and the amount of plays we select.

The showrunners will assign scripts to directors (and actors), but they will ask if you have any preferences or ambitions for a genre or type of play. No promises we can get you everything you want or like, though!

The format for the Festival of New Writing is rehearsed readings. This means the actors will sit in a line on chairs on stage, and have their scripts in their hands to read from. There will be no moving around (blocking), no costumes, and no props – unless extremely necessary and/or easy, which will have to be approved by the showrunner.

In rehearsals you will work with your actors on the text and character analysis and performance of the lines. The focus will be on the text and the performances, not the staging. 

Each play will get 2-3 online rehearsals and 1 in-person rehearsal. A rehearsal schedule will be created when we have the full company confirmed and plays assigned. There will also be a full-day rehearsal with the showrunners to create transitions from one play into the next, and to run all plays in front of each other. This will be on Saturday 22 June or Sunday 23 June and it will be mandatory for everyone to attend.

The show will take place on Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June at the Drayton Arms Theatre. All directors and the company will be called each day from an hour before the show to set up, prepare, warm up, and then perform. Each show will have a different set of plays, so each director will have a different cast to look after each show. If you cannot attend all shows, please let the showrunners know; we do ask you to attend as many as you can to support your actors and the show.

Directors can sign up HERE if they want to be a part of the company. Once you sign up, we will take a bit of time to finalise the company list and we’ll then get back to you. Thank you!

  • For Actors

There will be no auditions to take part in this Festival of New Writing, “The Plan”; we will create a company of 20 actors on a first come, first served basis from the actors that sign up. Once the plays have been chosen, roles will be assigned to the actors in the company and rehearsals will start. Actors will be assigned multiple roles in multiple plays.

Each play will get 2-3 online rehearsals and 1 in-person rehearsal. A rehearsal schedule will be created when we have the full company confirmed and plays assigned. There will also be a full-day rehearsal with the showrunners to create transitions from one play into the next, and to run all plays in front of each other. This will be on Saturday 22 June or Sunday 23 June and it will be mandatory for everyone to attend.

The format for the Festival of New Writing is rehearsed readings. This means you will sit in a line on chairs on stage, and have your scripts in their hands to read from. There will be no moving around (blocking), no costumes, and no props.

In rehearsals you will work with your director on the text and character analysis and performance of the lines. The focus will be on the text and the performances, not the staging. 

The show will take place on Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June at the Drayton Arms Theatre. Each evening will feature a different set of plays. Every actor will have roles on each night, unless you tell us you absolutely cannot make a particular date. We do ask that you be as available as possible to allow us to allocate and schedule rehearsals easier. Please ensure you add that information to the sign-up form so we are aware.

Actors can sign up HERE if they want to be a part of the company. Once you sign up, we will take a bit of time to finalise the company list and we’ll then get back to you. Thank you!

Tickets will go on sale very soon, please sign up for our newsletter or keep an eye on our social media for the announcement. We will offer a “buy tickets for all shows, get a discount” deal!

Pitches now open for our Autumn 2024 and Spring 2025 seasons

Open call for pitches

With our Spring 2024 Season shows debuting soon and exciting plans for the Summer, it’s time to set our eyes to Autumn 2024 and beyond!

Pitches are now open for shows for our future seasons – Autumn 2024 (auditions in September 2024, performances in November 2024) and Spring 2025 (January 2025-March 2025). If you’re a budding director or a producer, read on and see if KDC might be a good place to hone your next project!

There is no set theme to follow, we just really want to see your passion for your chosen project come through in your pitch. All the details about what we’re looking for, what support you’ll get from KDC Theatre, and how to submit your pitch can be found on our Directing with KDC page.

Pitches close on 07 April 2024 at midnight.

Cast announcements: Spring 2024 shows

Many thanks to all who came to auditions for our spring 2024 shows – we were very impressed with the high standard, and the directors had difficult decisions to make.

We have now posted the casts for all three shows on our website – please click on the links below to find out more about each show!

X
Written by Alistair McDowall
Directed by Lloyd Smith
Staged at Barons Court Theatre from 19 to 23 March 2024

A Weekend Away at the Hotel Decevoir
Written and directed by Kimberley Taylor
Staged at White Bear Theatre from 26 to 30 March 2024

13
Written by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Saskia van ‘t Hoff
Staged at Drayton Arms Theatre from 2 to 6 April 2024

Tickets for all shows will be on sale soon.

Thanks again to all who auditioned for your interest in our company and shows. Keep an eye on our social media or sign for our newsletter to be the first to know about the next auditions!

KDC Curry Night Social

It’s spring social time – all are welcome to join us for KDC Curry Night!

Location: Masala, Brick Lane
Time: Saturday 24th February, 7pm
Cost: £20 per person (includes a start, rice, naan and any curry on the menu)
For alcohol, it is BYOB – Bring Your Own Bottle/Booze

To help us plan numbers with the restaurant, please let us know if you’re planning to come at the link below:


See you at the social – and don’t forget to RSVP!

Spring season 2024 auditions

Announcing auditions for actors for our spring 2024 productions!

We have three shows in spring 2024, and you can audition for all on the same day!

X
Written by Alistair McDowall
Directed by Lloyd Smith
Staged at Barons Court Theatre from 19 to 23 March 2024
Audition notice

A Weekend Away at the Hotel Decevoir
Written and directed by Kimberley Taylor
Staged at White Bear Theatre from 26 to 30 March 2024
Audition notice

13
Written by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Saskia van ‘t Hoff
Staged at Drayton Arms Theatre from 2 to 6 April 2024
Audition notice

Auditions are free and open to all. Please pick one of the dates to attend and read the audition notices carefully to prepare.

Don’t forget to fill out the audition form before you audition!

Dates: Tues 16 or Wed 17 January 2024 (please choose one of these dates to attend)
Time: 6.45pm welcome and registration to ~10pm
Location: Theatre Deli Leadenhall, 107 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 4AF, London

Recalls by invitation are Sat 20 January 2024, 12-3pm at Theatre Deli Leadenhall.

If you’d like to hear the directors speak about their productions and ask them any questions, you can meet them at the KDC Spring Season Launch on Thursday 11 January, 7.30pm at the Theatre Deli Leadenhall bar. You can also talk to them about getting involved in other backstage ways.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions soon!

Masterclasses & Workshops

In addition to stage shows, KDC Theatre also offers a programme of masterclasses and workshops. The programme evolves regularly so keep checking back on the schedule below, sign up for our Showdown newsletter, or follow us on FacebookTwitter , or Instagram.

Programme for 2023 / 2024

Audition prep

Auditions do not have to be scary, anxiety-inducing events – no, really! With the right preparation it becomes a lot more fun and relaxing. Our Audition Prep workshop takes you through what you can expect during auditions, what the (casting) directors are expecting from you and what they will be looking for, and how to come prepared to make your experience not only more fun but (hopefully) also more successful!

We will explain how auditions work, we will let you experience some exercises and directions that are commonly used during auditions, and we will share many tips & tricks to be as prepared as you can and stand out from the rest. Join us for a confident boost for your next audition!

Spaces are limited so book now! Please book your slot HERE.

Date: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Time: 7-9.30pm

Location: Theatre Deli, Leadenhall
Tickets: £15 / £13.50 for KDC members

Previous workshops:

Acting for Beginners

Join our Artistic Director in exploring the fundamentals of acting: reading and understanding scripts, how to create your character, and what method of acting suits you best. We’ll explore these topics through exercises, example texts, and sharing experiences. This masterclass gives you the foundation to get up on stage and be the best Hamlet, Hamilton, or Hemione you can be!

This masterclass is targeted at beginners with no or little experience in acting, but is open to everyone. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move around in.

Date: 24 October 2023
Time: 7-9.30pm
Location: Cockpit Theatre
Tickets: £15 / £13.50 for KDC members

Stage combat

Have you ever wondered how actors fight on stage without hurting each other? This masterclass will reveal all the secrets! How to grab someone by the hair, punch a person in the face, fight another person hand-to-hand, and how to be on the receiving end of it convincingly. Performance Combat Instructor & Coordinator Katy Treble will walk you through stage combat step by step so you can put on an amazing stage fight in your next production.

This masterclass is open to everyone with an interest in stage combat; directors, actors, choreographers, writers, and everyone else. Please wear comfortable clothing you can move around in.

Date: Friday 03 November 2023
Time: 7-9.30pm
Location: Theatre Deli, Leadenhall
Tickets: £20 / £18 for KDC members

Hamlet: A Chamber Play

KDC Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in an adapted version.

The play’s the thing!

14 – 18 November 2023
at Barons Court Theatre

Tickets: £16.50 (KDC members £12)

About

Shakespeare’s greatest work is presented in an intimate, stripped down production that ventures to answer the question, “Who’s there?”

Our version of Hamlet will show that everyone can play Hamlet. Or Ophelia. Or Horatio, Rosencrantz, or… You get the idea. We will be exploring who Hamlet and the other characters are when they are played by actors of all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and genders. We’ll keep all the famous speeches, do away with anything that isn’t interesting, and create our own version of this fantastic story.

Cast:
Elshadai Biru
Sean Calvey
El Chen
Janina Enrile
Jonathan Lazarovitch
Yen-yen Loke
Oral Norville
Josie Stephens
Tanvi Surana

Crew:
Director – Karack Osborn

Venue: Barons Court Theatre

Hans, the Witch and the Gobbin

KDC Theatre presents Alan Cullen’s “Hans, the Witch and the Gobbin”

21 – 25 November 2023
at Barons Court Theatre

Tickets: £16.50 (KDC members £12)

About

Hans, the Witch and the Gobbin by Alan Cullen is a fun fairytale frolic through a fantasy forest. It has princesses, witches, forest queens, goblin-like creatures, fairy swineherds, and useless court physicians. Expect silly voices, big characters, and mistaken identities. Come and escape a cold autumn night for a few hours, and forget your troubles!

While the show is suitable for all ages, we judge it’s best enjoyed by an adult audience, glass of wine in hand.

Cast:
Hans – Theo Tompkins
Princess Alicia – Mhairi Boyle
Castor – James Cross
Senna – Dan Struthers
King Rufus – Peader Donnelly
Scratch – Georgina Whittaker
Daisy – Sarah Beebe
Crabtree – Alice McCartney
Sylvester – Simon Berry
Queen of the Forest – Sarah Jost
Gobbin – Hannah Brown

Crew:
Director – Gabriella Guymer-Davies
Assistant Director – Freddie Wride
Stage Manager – Flick Hemming

Poster by Jake Guymer-Davies

Venue: Barons Court Theatre