After over 100 scripts, we whittled it down to just 15. Here’s a bit more info on the talented souls to be included in this year’s showcase.
Ivo de Jager
Ivo is a recent graduate of RCSSD’s MFA degree in writing for performance. His work has appeared at the Arcola, the Bunker, and Theatre503 in London, as well as the Y Theatre in Leicester. In 2017, he took Sweetmeat, a new play about homoerotic cannibalism, to the Edinburgh Fringe, where it earned 4-star reviews. He’s currently working on a play about hazing in the Soviet army, and a short film about modern-day trepanning. When not typing away at his laptop, he can usually be found forcing his cat to spend time with him.
Vivian C Lermond
Vivian is an award-winning playwright who has penned 58 one-act plays and monologues that have entertained audiences in the US, Mexico, England, Scotland and Australia. Her full-length drama/comedy, Back to Bethlehem (PA), premiered Off-Broadway in 2006 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. She has taught playwriting at a local college and has facilitated playwriting workshops at writing conferences.
I’m a writer from South-East London who writes mainly comedy with a little bit of drama mixed in. I enjoy finding the funnies in the mundane and using humour to provoke conversation about important, current topics. I’ve had short plays on at Theatre503, The Vaults and The Brockley Jack, as well as two full-length pieces at Matchstick Theatre (N89, The Institute of Nuts) and one at Canal Café Theatre (Tinderella). I also regularly have sketches and songs performed at Canal Café’s NewsRevue and I’ve written sketches for BBC Radio 4.
Adam Szudrich is a ‘Bartie’ award winning writer whose work has been selected for 59 festivals and received 30 award
Scott Mullen is a longtime Hollywood screenplay analyst, a two-time winner of Amazon Studios’ screenwriting contest, whose short plays have been performed hundreds of times around the world. His short play WEDNESDAY was performed last year as part of KDC’s “Future Imperfect” show. An evening of his comic plays, A NIGHT OF S.M., recently had a two-week run in Hollywood.
My work has been performed at the Waterloo East Theatre, Jack Studio Theatre, The Aeronaut, Theatre Deli and the Redgates Theatre with upcoming performances at the Bread & Roses Theatre and the Southwark Playhouse. Currently focusing on shorter pieces. I always try to find different and quite possibly strange ways to address contemporary issues.
Andy has been a long time collaborator with KDC Theatre, but this is the first time his name has appeared in a programme since he directed The Arsonists in 2015. Previously written plays produced by KDC Theatre include “You’re So Vain”, “Oh, Mom” and “Stag Nation” as well as being a co-writer for both the company’s 70th anniversary show “The Long Run” and their contribution to the RSC’s Open Stages competition “The War Of The Waleses”. Andy currently runs the 10 Minutes A Month Playwriting Collective, setting monthly challenges and reading nights for new plays.
Matt works in cyber security, and previously worked in law enforcement. He’s also a part-time PhD candidate, focusing on cyberweapons and cyber warfare. Matt’s writing work to date has included short plays and spoken word performed at Redgates Theatre Gateways, Stitchin’ Fiction, and Sharp Scratches. He is also a member of the Director’s Cut Writer’s Club. Matt enjoys writing horror, dark comedy, science fiction, and “twist in the tale” stories and plays.
L.H. Grant has authored many full-length and one-act plays with productions in numerous venues both in the United States and internationally including New York, London, San Francisco and Vienna. Most recently, his one-act Free Hugs was performed at The Other Palace in London as part of a charity benefit.
Jon is a writer whose works have received generous and consistent praise from a dedicated fanbase. This may be a credit to his skills as a writer, or simply a product of the fanbase itself, which consists of: his mum, his dad, and his best friend. Due to Jon being an eighteen-year-old writer from Darlington, this is the first of his plays to be performed, and he hopes that a few more successes will expand his fanbase a little (maybe his grandparents too?)
Matthew has found some success with his writing being performed in Manchester, London, Cardiff and NYC. His full length play, “Abandoned”, was performed by Dramatic Moose Productions and was in Entertainments South Wales ‘Top 5 Live Shows of 2018’. He is also working with Bamalam Productions to produce “Abandoned” as a 4-part radio play, that will be released in Jul-19. Recently, his short film “Second Chances”, released in Jun-19, is on the YouTube channel for Watchers Productions project, Strange Tales. Also, his one act play “We Are Stronger Together” has been performed at various one act festivals this year.
This is James’s first play and he’s very grateful to the talented team at KDC for taking on the challenge and performing it.
Jim has authored four full-length plays and over a hundred one-acts. His work has been produced in Tampa. Miami, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, and numerous New York Off-Broadway venues, including: La MaMa La Galleria, the American Globe, and the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Last year his play “Tagged” won three contests: First place in Theatre Odyssey’s One-Act Play Festival in Sarasota, Best Lab Works Production at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and the British Theatre Challenge in London.