Auditions ahoy!

So many nice things, I cannot take it!

Hello good people of 2022 – it’s time to kick off a new year with some new show auditions! First up, we have a classic in The Real Inspector Hound, an absurdist comedy by the always-hilarious Tom Stoppard. Alongside that we will also be making a devised show, The Heroine’s Journey, a story of loss and rebuilt connection. Auditions are on 24 & 27 January, you only need to come to one evening and you can audition for both on the same evening. Please take a covid test before you come and wear a mask. Full details here:

But before all that, come meet the directors, hear about the shows, and have any questions you might have answered. Oh, and have a lovely lovely pint with us. Season Launch is Tuesday 18 January from 7pm, in the bar at Theatre Deli Broadgate. See you then!

Happy New Year!

A warm new year’s greetings from the KDC team – we’re right now putting the final touches to this season’s announcement. In the meantime, a little throwback extract from our Spring ’21 show “Zoomed Out”. Mercutio is phoning Romeo, to get him to come out and party…

A night out for the New Year?

That’s a wrap for 2021 & looking forward

A huge congratulations to our shows for this season – Titus Andronicus drenches us in blood (literally if you sat too close) with an energetic hard rock adaption of the most brutal of Shakespeares tales. Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons was a charming intimate story of a couple navigating behaviour restrictions and questionable laws (frustratingly relevant in our real world by recent events). We even also managed to get in an experimental project with our devising group, who came up with some beautiful and moving theatre to complement a couple of the Lemons performances. If you missed that, you can watch a recording here:

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All of this was against the extra headwinds of Covid restrictions, and I’m extra-proud of the achievements of actors, production teams, organising committee / producers, and all for making it all happen anyway.

Next up

We’re hanging back on announcing details on our next season just yet given the current Covid uncertainty, however all being well next seasons shows will be:

The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stopparddirected by Anna Markland & Dean Reilly Performing 29 March – 2 April
A new devised show (details TBA)directed by Carl FletcherPerforming 5-9 April

Auditions 24 & 27 January. Look our on our website and on the mailing list for details in the New Year!

Have a fantastic Christmas break and we’ll see you for more fun in January!

More theatre next week

With the gory Titus Andronicus nearing the end of a sell-out run, fear not we still have more to show you!

Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 November we have Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre. Grab your tickets now while you can!

Devising Showcase

We’ve been running a super-secret experimental R&D acting group for the last 6 weeks, and as a little sweetener we’re showcasing a couple of scratch performances of what we’ve come up with. They will be after Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons performances on Tuesday 23 & Friday 26 November only. It is a free extra included with your Lemons ticket. If you come see Lemons on Tuesday or Friday, stay for the scratch!

More hoomans to show off!

Titus Andronicus coming up

The good ship Titus is steaming into port ready for their premier next week. I’ve been assured that there will be plenty of blood, horror and death. Lovely.

Get your tickets now! 16-20 November, Barons Court Theatre

The cast are either tired from their herculean effort, or murdered. Either is plausible in this play

Titus and Lemons casts

Ladeeez & gennelmen, please welcome our actors for the Autumn Season! Auditions were a riot and I would like to express how particularly high the quality was this season. Thanks to all that tried out, and congratulations to our new casts.

Titus Andronicus

Titus — Govind Hodgson
Tamora — Sarah Beebe
Lavinia — Grace Aldridge
Chiron — Ricky Hutchinson
Demetrius — Tyler Woods
Marcus — Nicolas R Obetsebi Lamptey
Bassianus — Andre Frey
Aaron — Kieron Mieres
Quintus — Gabriella Guymer-Davies
Marius — Josie Stephens
Lucius — Natalie Woodward
Saturninus — Stephen Reimer

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Aoife Spengeman
David Hepburn

Auditions + extracts

Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st September

Come to one evening only (you can audition for both shows on the same evening)

Lovely to meet so many new people at the season launch yesterday, very much looking forward to the auditions next week. Here’s all the info you need:

Audition noticeAdditional material
Titus Andronicus – Audition NoticeTitus audition extracts (Please note you do not need to learn these, they are just for reference if you would like to know what will be used in the initial audition)
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – Audition Noticen/a

Please note that due to unforseen circumstances, we are no longer able to audition The Bald Soprano this season.

Autumn auditions

Massive congratulations to the Pomona team for their run last week, and getting their corona-delayed production finally in front of live audiences. A big achievement all round.

But the wheel doesn’t stop turning here at KDC towers! It’s time to announce our autumn season shows, and your chance to get involved either by auditioning to act or backstage.

Autumn Season shows

First up, we have action-packed blood-soaked Shakespeare in Titus Andronicus. It’ll be a modern adaptation, exploring the dangers of revenge and how it can twist the intentions of everyone it touches.

Our second show will be Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, about censorship and free speech in a world where people are limited to 140 words per day.

Auditions are free and open to all, and will be held 20 & 21 September in the evening. You only need to come to one audition and you can audition for both plays on the same evening.

Recalls take place on the evening of 23 September.

Auditions

Attend whichever date suits you best, and you can audition for all 3 plays on the same evening.

Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 September 2021
7pm-9:30pm (registration from 6:45pm)
Theatre Deli, Broadgate. 2 Finsbury Ave, London EC2M 2PF

Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Aldridge and Jess Rogers
Performance dates: 16-20 November 2021
 
Audition notice
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, by Sam Steiner
Directed by Lloyd Smith and Sarah Berryman
Performance dates: 23-27 November 2021 

Audition notice

Meet the directors

Hear the directors speak about their project, and answer your questions at the Season Launch. You can also talk to them about getting involved in other backstage ways.

Tuesday 14 September 2021, 7pm
Theatre Deli, Broadgate (in the ground floor bar). 2 Finsbury Ave, London EC2M 2PF

Add the Season Launch to your calendar

Edit: Please note that due to unforseen circumstances, we are no longer able to audition The Bald Soprano this season.

Direct with KDC

Apply to direct with KDC – pitches open now

With the pandemic now in retreat (sssh, grant me my optimism!) we are now looking to the future, and getting back to physically theatres. We’re looking for pitches for our next couple of seasons, so if you want to direct, read on!

This is what directing looks like. You get to sit down.

In November we have one week at Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town, and one week in Barons Court Theatre. In March next year we will have another 2 weeks in theatres, TBD. We want shows that will fit into one of these small pub theatre venues for a one-week performance, preceded by about 8 weeks of rehearsal, rehearsing around 8-hours-per-week.

What we’re looking for

Fringey or contemporary or classical plays, or devised projects, that can be auditioned in September and presented in November (or auditioned January and presented in March, during Spring Season). Our spec is deliberately open, as we try to keep a varied season, we would aim to do something known (a Shakespeare or classical or contemporary play) and something unknown (new writing or devised or obscure) each season. Please feel free to pitch multiple projects, it allows us more freedom to balance the season and makes more likely we can choose you. We would like to keep a fresh take on anything we do, so if you do pitch something that is very well known (eg Romeo & Juliet) then I would be particularly interested in what will make your production unique.

What we need from you

  • A motivated, creative, ambitious director
  • A interesting play or project that will be fun & fulfilling for cast & audience
  • A production team. I wouldn’t recommend pitching as a lone director – it can get quite lonely at the top. You should bring with you someone that can fill the role of Assistant Director, or Co-Director, or Producer, or Dramaturg, etc. or have a plan to fill a role like that before audition, so that you don’t have to carry the show on your own.
  • A frugal and inventive use of budget (we are a charity!)

What we provide

  • Audition & rehearsal space (about 8 hours of rehearsal per week for about 8 weeks)
  • A week theatre hire to perform
  • Marketing on our email list, website, socials, etc. for audition and then later audience.
  • £400 show budget for props, costume, logistics etc.
  • Rights to show if needed (copyrighted plays need rights, and these are not always available. Another reason why it is a good idea to pitch multiple shows)
  • A technician to run the show
  • Advice & support from KDC creative team

You don’t need experience per se, but if you have never directed before then you should try to bring some experience on your production team. KDC can & will support you, but we have limited capacity.

If this all sounds like something you’re up for, head on over to our pitch form and send us your ideas!

What happens next

Pitches are open until 30 June 2021 and we will get in touch for director interviews shortly after. (Where possible, we interview everybody who applies.)