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!
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.)
In this last year we’ve all had to change how we work and socialise. From unexpectedly chaotic parish council meetings, to cat lawyers, and finding out what your boss’s bedroom looks like, there have been some rather… unusual aspects to the “new normal”.
As we start to tentatively envision a physical world again, KDC reimagines some of its previous productions through the constant (sometimes unwelcome but always useful) online lens…
Including pieces from: – Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Carried Away (2019) – Future Imperfect (2018) – What Keeps Me Awake (2017) – Romeo & Juliet (2015)
And a special newly produced segment from A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
The Most Lamentable Comedy, and the Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisby
*Audition signup now closed*
What would Shakespeare be doing today if he was still alive? Well, obviously he’d be telling people what it was like to be over 450 years old, plus, like many other people in the theatre industry, he’d be working out how best to perform plays via Zoom.
And that is what KDC will be doing as we perform via Zoom on 31 March – 2 April, the Mechanicals’ scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Whilst in lockdown, Quince, Bottom, Snug, Flute, Snout and Starveling must rehearse a play over Zoom to perform it for the Duke and Duchess on their wedding night (via Zoom). Think the Handforth Parish Council meeting, with even more inflated egos.
KDC are holding online auditions to perform in this comedy of putting on a play where we’ll be mining the script for every drop of comedy along with mining the fact we are having to rehearse a play on Zoom for a performance on Zoom for every other drop of comedy.
Quince, Bottom, Snug, Flute, Snout and Starveling are often referred to as Mechanicals. They are a group of amateur and incompetent actors and that incompetence shines through as they rehearse and perform their play.
Gender is not important. Age is not important. Shakespearian experience is not important. What is important is the drive to make scenes that are funny on the page even funnier on the Zoom stage.
The first round of auditions will Thursday 25 February from 7pm revolve around group work, some improvisation and you may be asked to read both Bottom and Quince – see script below.
Get ready for our first radio play! Seeds releases 5th February. Sign up to receive a download link. Also, on Sunday 7th we have a special Q&A session with the writer, director and cast for you. You lucky lucky people you!
Our recording days early this month went off without (much-of) a hitch and our wonderful casts got to meet for the first time, lay down their “sick vocals”, and retreat back into the depths of lockdown. Completely by chance our recording days fell on the 2-week thread-the-needle period between lockdowns, but we’re very grateful to have gathered however briefly to make something tangible. Our production teams for Seeds and The Mistress of the Inn are now busy editing, we’ll have something shiny to present to you real soon. Here are a few photos to whet your appetite!
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…
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.
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.
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!