Autumn 2020 casts

Congratulations to our casts for our Autumn 2020 radio play season, and thanks to all those that auditioned.

Seeds, by Donna Hoke

Marjorie – Freya Thomas
Josephine – Emma Robson
Aiden – James Cross
Alice – Simona Hughes
Kay – Jacky Rowland

Mirandolina, or The Mistress of the Inn, by Carlo Goldoni

Mirandolina – Kritika Singh
Captain – Teklė Baroti
Count – Alex Waddington
Marquis – Linda Large
Fabrizio – Keshav Mudgal
Servant – Ben Leitch

Callout for directors or scripts

KDC does audio!

In the coming season we would like to explore radio plays, and the magic that can be made once you close your eyes. Join us in creating aural wonderlands from talented voice actors and inventive sound effects.

We are looking for…
Writers

We want to hear from writers who have a script that they would like produced, you don’t have to have a production team organised, bring us an appropriate script and we can find you a director.

Directors

We also are looking for directors who want to direct an audio-only play, bring us your ideas and/or a script that you would want to produce. (for example, the BBC have a list of available scripts). We would also like to involve live foley sound to support the atmosphere you create, so, be ambitious! This is your chance to travel to impossible locations or present un-theatre-friendly genres.

Microphone and mixing desk

We’re looking for something around about an hour in length, that requires no more than 5 actors. (though shorter could also work and be doubled with something else). We see the play being rehearsed through October, mostly remotely, eventually getting together in November (in an appropriately virus-careful way) in a theatre space to record/stream the performance. We will provide the equipment & technical support to do the recording.

The turnaround is going to be tight! Get in touch with your ideas by 27 August, we wanna get started as soon as we can!

Directing pitches now open

As we say goodbye to a thoroughly successful but also pretty unusual summer season, it’s time to look forward to Autumn. We’re now opening our pitch process for new shows for Autumn and beyond, apply here. More about that later, but first a quick update on the current status of KDC.

Jumping for joy
Things are starting again! Horray!

What happened to Spring??

The current health situation has of course affected us. Rehearsals were almost complete for our Spring shows Pomona and Rules For Living before we had to postpone their performances. These were lining up to be amazing shows and our intention very much is still to perform them as soon as we can! While we desperately want to show-off these ‘on-hold’ performances, it is not yet possible, so we’re going to keep those until we can perform them as they were intended.

What we did instead

Our new writing / devising project Snatch & Merkin moved to rehearsing online and released as a web series, and summer season’s Writing on the Wall transferred entirely to the world of Zoom, last week performing a live streamed show to great success earlier this month.

The future

As a theatre group banned from theatres… we got new licence to try different things. Restriction breeds creativity! We’d like to keep this going so we’re now opening pitches for autumn season. Given the current climate this will be an unusually open pitch process, we’d like to hear your ideas. We have a large and enthusiastic actor community, as well as directors and technical people on hand to support your vision.

It is likely that physical distancing restrictions will remain in-place for the remainder of the year to some extent, however we are also expecting them to be partially lifted so it is possible that we will be able to so some physical rehearsing and performance late in the year. Here are some examples of the sort of thing you might want to propose:

1. Radio play

Either a long full-length single audio production, or multiple shorter pieces to be released as a series. Think the Big Finish Doctor Who serials, or Radio 4 play like Neverwhere. We would imagine this would be initially rehearsed remotely, hopefully being able to gather in a venue to record the audio in late autumn. We can help with equipment, sound expertise, foley & mixing the show, what we really need is a enthused piece of writing or adaptation that we can record.

2. Storytelling

Holding an audience’s attention, narrating directly to them is one of the oldest forms of performance, and one we see less often now. What will you bring? A tale of fairies and castles with a strong moral core? A dark campfire horror of shock and gore? Paint your world with words. When we return to theatres it will probably require distancing of the audience and between the cast, so a set of stories told by lone actors would fit well.

3. Monologues / Small casts

A series of monologues or a play that has a very small cast that can be kept distant would also likely be possible. New writing is always appreciated, and existing pieces are also welcome, subject to us being able to acquire rights.

Over to you

We’re really looking forward to hearing your ideas, and we can also help develop your concept if it is not yet fully-formed. Get your pitch in here

Writing on the Wall writers & cast

Congratulations to the winning writers and our cast!

The writing is no longer just on the wall – it’s been put to virtual paper and we have chosen the best ones for our Full Stack show. Many thanks to all writers for their submissions; we had a fantastic time reading all of your plays, and a difficult time picking the ones to win. Book your tickets for the performance now!

But we did have to pick and it is our pleasure to announce the winning writers and their plays for this year’s Full Stack. Drumroll please!

100 Ways The Fire Starts — Max Wilkinson
Best Before — Jonathan Skinner
Box of Joy — Ken Preuss
Don’t Cross The Line Of The Army — Stephen Reimer
Filling Time — Danielle Florence
Hunting — Timothy King
In Full Bloom — Paige Zubel
It Just Is — LH Grant
Like Frogs — Hope Shooter
Lost Judgement — Rex McGregor
Paper Girl — Jim Moss
That Place — Alison Cowieson
The Poe-Ster — Judy Klass
You Haven’t Changed a Bit — Donna Hoke

And of course we need actors for these scripts, so it is double the pleasure to announce our wonderful cast:

Anie Hu
Anjali Dwesar
Caroline Beckett
Doug Dunn
Jamila Jennings-Grant
Kate O’Rourke
Katie Mainwood
Maddie Dunn
Matt Tylianakis
Matthew Ali
Rahul Singh
Tom Cunningham

Our Full Stack show, Writing On The Wall will be performed live online on 09, 10, and 11 July from 7pm.

Get the link to watch the show here: https://www.kdctheatre.com/writing-on-the-wall/

EACH SHOW WILL BE AVAILABLE LIVE AT THE TIME OF PERFORMANCE ONLY.