Julia returns to KDC after a playwriting break – one of her plays, The Signalman featured in last year’s KDC’s Halloween season. For KDC, she’s been The Queen in War of the Waleses and now further down the pecking order is pleased to be trying on the dog-collar for size, as vicar in this production. Long ago Julia trained at Manchester Poly School of Theatre’s acting course, studied Voice at Central School and has appeared in numerous comedy sketch shows and most recently as a villain in James Bond comedy spoof Martini Bond.
A longtime participant in all things KDC, this is actually only the second time Andy has performed in a full show for the company, the last time being 2006’s Madman William. In the meantime, in the in-between times, he has directed for KDC 4 times (Alfie, Summers Gone, A Number and What the Dickens?), written 3 plays, co-written 4 more, and performed for KDC’s sister companies in such plays as: Festen (as Michael), Bloody Poetry (as Bysshe Shelley) and Autobahn (as Man)
Kat, fresh from her appearance in as Jennifer in KDC’s Casual Encounters is quite excited about performing in her first devised piece. She has previously directed several plays with KDC (Hamlet, Stag Nation, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You), though is quite enjoying this ‘pretending to be other people’ lark.
Born and bread on a derelict milk float in Liverpool James acting career started at an early age when he was cast as the kid in the Accrington Stanley- who are they milk ad. James feels awkward writing in the third person. This is his second performance for KDC.
Caroline is a tattooed biker-chick whose alter ego, mild-mannered and bookish, is much enamoured with the stage and easily roused by the smell of grease-paint. While this is the first time she’s had the honour to work with KDC, she is heavily involved with South London Theatre and has directed and acted there, playing a variety of roles from Oleanna in the eponymous play by Tom Stoppard to the psychotic Miss Cutts in Pinter’s The Hothouse.
From the day Emma discovered her Mother’s high heels, lipstick and stack of Gilbert & Sullivan LP’s (The operettas not the Pop Star) she was smitten. Dance, drama and circus training have lead to toe tapping inside Ibiza Castle, hanging upside down above panto, singing in East End Cabaret and touring plays like Blood Wedding and Unsuitable for Adults in London, as well as Hay Fever and What The Butler Saw in the provinces. Since returning to the Big Smoke after several years in the wilds of the UK and Spain and in between devising plays with KDC, she runs Rock’n’Rolf an interior design and specialist painting business with her husband, as well as a little bit of photographic styling on the side.
As one of the strongest believers in the acting method known as “my script is my safety blanket, try to take it away from me and I will boil your earlobes with tabasco”, Carl is taking a step into the unknown by being asked to create his own character and develop his own relationships (like a real person). At the time of writing, Carl has recently discovered that all the other characters in the play hates his. He is trying not to take this personally.
This is Vanessa’s third time tackling a devised piece for KDC, she previously took part in Pub Quiz Champion and Visited and is delighted to be creating another off the wall, creep character for The Walls are Watching. A student on the City Lit acting course, Vanessa’s most recent turn on the stage was another blood thirsty role, playing Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd.
Marianne hails from the land down under (even further under than Australia)..the land of hobbits and orks. Her acting antics began at five years old in her bedroom with a series of self devised improv shows featuring a brown bear, a penguin, a one eyed doll and a purple stuffed mole. Previous shows include Little Shop of Horrors, The Breakfast Club, Steel Magnolias and Seusical the Musical. This is her first show with KDC and she is delighted to be here with such fine looking folk.
This is Richard’s twenty-second production with KDC. Previous acting credits include Female Transport, Double Falsehood, All’s Well That Ends Well, She Stoops to Conquer, Electra, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Cider with Rosie and various pieces of new writing. Previous directing credits include Rumours, Arsenic & Old Lace, Madman William and five of KDC’s devised pieces. For Richard’s published novels and short stories see richard-williams.com.