Meet the Writers of Future Imperfect

Future Imperfect is the new writing show created out of a call out for writing of 4 pages or less. The show is a compilation of 13 pieces that were submitted and selected by our 6 directors, which will be performed at The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre on the 19th – 23rd June.

Tickets available online

Pete Barrett

Pete has been writing plays, children’s books and short stories for most of his life. His plays have won or been shortlisted in 18 competitions in recent years. He has had seven professional productions. A collection of stories written for the Interact Reading Service Out Loud: 36 Twisted Tales has sold many thousands of copies on Kindle. More of his work is on his website www.petebarrett.co.uk.

Matt Beames

Matt is a freelance writer based in Hampshire. His writing for theatre has been performed around the UK and in the US. His work is often inspired by mythology and folklore, and his recent adaptation of Sleeping Beauty has been published by Aurora Metro Books. Many of his theatre projects tell stories of near futures, and he is delighted to be a part of Future Imperfect.
Whilst much of Matt’s writing for theatre, his other projects include writing prose fiction, comics and also board games.

Rachael Carnes

Professionally, Rachael is the director of Arts & Culture for the Oregon Supported Living Program, an organization that serves people with disabilities. She discovered playwriting in 2016 and had her first professional production last year. And as a professional journalist and editor, Carnes regularly contributes to publications throughout the Northwest. With a collaborative spirit, Rachael recently brought together 20 playwrights from across the country, creating end editing PLAYWRIGHTS SAY NEVER AGAIN TO SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, a full-length work that has had staged readings in theaters across the country.

Danielle Florence

Danielle was born and raised on an island in Canada, went to drama school at the same place as the guy from Silicon Valley and then moved to Korea for a year to eat her weight in bibimbap. Since coming to London she’s appeared in many KDC shows and directed one. This is her first time writing anything that will be staged, which is likely to be obvious. During the day, she works at Theatre Deli as their Marketing Department.

 

Ian Green

I’ve appeared in several shows with KDC in the past including Otherworldly, a devised play that I helped to script alongside the rest of the cast.

I started writing short plays a couple of years ago as part of Andy Marchant’s “10 Minutes a Month” playwriting challenge. I am very happy to have had my piece selected for Future Imperfect and am really looking forward to seeing what Govind and the cast do with the script!

Catrin Fflur Huws

Catrin Fflur Huws is a Welsh playwright. Her play ‘To Kill A Machine’ about the cryptanalyst Alan Turing, was nominated for 4 Wales Theatre Awards in 2016, and was a finalist in the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Award for Playwrighting in the same year. In 2011 and 2012 she was part of the Sherman Theatre’s Gair ar Led and Spread the Word programmes, and has also been part of Theatr Clwyd and Gladstone Library’s Writer in Residence Scheme.

Helen Jackson

By day I’m a marketing manager but by night I’m a drama junkie. I’ve been performing in plays with KDC and other theatre companies for many years now so it’s exciting to be involved in theatre from a different perspective. When I’m writing I find myself acting out all the parts which helps me think through what might work dramatically. I really enjoy the challenge of taking a theme and imagining what stories can come out of it.

 

Scott Mullen

Scott Mullen is a longtime Hollywood screenplay analyst and screenwriter, a two-time winner of Amazon Studios’ screenwriting contest, whose thriller THE SUMMONING aired on TV One. His short plays have been performed around the world.

 

 

Ken Preuss

Ken Preuss is a Central Florida playwright and teacher. His published one-acts for teens and assorted short plays have been produced in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and 46 of the 50 United States

Audition FAQ

Ahead of our auditions for Future Imperfect, we have a handy FAQ of information.

Want to act in the show?

Auditions will take place Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th April at Clean Break (2 Patshull Rd, London NW5 2LB) from 6.45 – 9pm each night, with recalls at the same venue on Sunday 29th (Invite only). You just need to attend one night.

Audition FAQ

Do I need to register ahead of the audition?
No, just turn up and fill out a form when you get there.

Do I need to pay?
No, all our auditions are free.

Will I need to pay if cast?
Yes, you pay for performance roles so we can keep on making theatre.
Full price membership: £70
Concessions: £35

Please note full price membership means you have no fee to pay if you get cast again within the next year.

Do I need to prepare anything in advance?
For Future Imperfect you will not have to prepare anything as it will be a workshop audition.

What about doing tech/design/stage managing?
If you would like to take a role that is not on the stage, it would be free, just drop an email to publicity@kdctheatre.com.

Othello Cast List

 

Congratulations to the cast of Othello. This production will be performed at Baron’s Court Theatre from 27 – 31 March.

Roderigo: Billy Knowles

Iago: Martin Shaw

Brabantio: Stephen Reimer 

Othello: Elliott Bornemann

Cassio: Nick Edwards

The Duke: Helen Jackson

Lodovico: Keir Mills

Desdemona: Izzie Price

Montano: Graham White

Emilia: Julia Pagett

Bianca: Lene Kqiku

Ensemble: Eddie Coleman

Ensemble: Ian Green

Crew, if needed at this point, is:

Director: Duncan Moore

Assistant Director: Sarah Beebe

Stage Manager: Asma Mani

Fight director: Enric Ortuno

Music: Ewen Moore

Lighting and sound: Martin E. Rosso

The Red Envelope Project Cast List

Congratulations to the cast of The Red Envelope Project. It will be performed at Barons Court Theatre from 13 -17 March.

Alex Lopez

Annabel Thomson

Amelia Sharp

Jess Rogers

Salomé Cast List

Congratulations to the cast of Salomé, the show will be performed at The Rosemary Branch Theatre from 20 – 24th March.

Salomé: Grace Arnold

John: Sonny Cassone

Herod: Charles Sobry

Herodias: Gabriella Gummer-Davies

Young Man: Richard Copperwaite

First Soldier: Sabrina Bals

The Executioner: Maxime Noel

Creative Team

Director: Laura Torn

Assistant Director: Assistant Director

Music: Johnny Parr

Props: Aidan Carroll

Movement Director: Olivia Stone

Interviews with Cast #2 Keir Mills

To continue our series of interviews about being part of the winter season, we catch up with KDC-er Keir Mills who is in BU21.

What drew you to this play?

Well firstly the amazing Steph is directing it. What human wouldn’t be drawn to that. But furthermore, the structure of the play itself is incredibly unique. A series of interlocking monologues that dip in front and behind the fourth wall at various points.

The characters are so carefully constructed. Each one lovingly carved out of the material of life and delicately positioned throughout the show, there isn’t a moment that doesn’t ring true. It really is an incredible piece of work.

I had read the play before the auditions, just on a whim, and had been incredibly impressed with it. I had also seen the write ups from the first run of it – they had kept popping up in my social spaces – so it was like, if I hadn’t put myself forward for it, I would’ve been slapping fate in the face. And if there’s one thing you shouldn’t do to fate it’s slap fate in the face.

What is it about KDC that keeps you coming back?

Well, firstly, blame yourselves for casting me.

But secondly, KDC is a truly rare theatre company that from the instant you walk into an audition you are treated like friend. Whether it be your first casting or your fiftieth. Everyone is incredibly supportive of everyones projects. Whether inside or outside of KDC itself. The same faces start appearing at other fringe shows and you realise that KDC is like the Kevin Bacon of fringe theatre. You are never more than a few steps away from a KDC-er. This honestly creates a rare and wonderful atmosphere that is simply delightful to breathe.

How are you finding working on a script that is monologue based?

It is a different challenge. Usually you can use other actors to help to create your character. You bounce off other people in a scene as everyone pushes the other to make the most of their parts. But with something like this – you are out on your own – predominantly. You have to feed the character yourself for the most part. You rise and fall by your own choices. It’s really quite nerve-racking. One new step and you can take to entire delivery on a tangent you didn’t see coming. You have to reign yourself in and then throw yourself out.

And if something goes wrong in your big scene, with a monologue, chances are, it’s your fault.

Interviews with Cast #1 Will Mead

For winter season, we have two very different plays and also two very different cast compositions…

This season we have one cast, BU21 comprised of new KDC members and one veteran KDC member. For Otherwordly, we have the opposite: one new member. We thought it would be interesting to talk to these actors about their experiences in these groups as the veteran and the newbie. This is a great opportunity to get a view on what it’s like to be with KDC for a while, and an idea of what it’s like to join.

Here we have caught up with Will Mead from the Otherworldy cast, to get an idea of what it’s been like for him joining a group of KDC members.

Clockwise, Kim Morrison, Grace, Will Mead, Kat

What was the auditioning process like?

Fun! I had discovered KDC through a friend and didn’t really know much about it before the audition so was very nervous, but as soon as I started speaking to the auditioners and the other audtionees I was much more at ease. I auditioned for two plays, for BU21 where I simply had to read an extract and then was given a bit of direction and asked to do it again. Then for the other show, Otherworldly, the “audition” was what appeared to be just fun and games haha! We played a series of improv games, and created a few scenes. The notion of being judged seemed to go out the window and I was very relaxed!

Describe KDC in 3 words.

Welcoming, Creative, (I’m going to have to use it again!) Fun!

What have rehearsals been like so far? How does devised theatre rehearse compared to text based theatre?

Rehearsals have been great, it is very different devising a piece of theatre, but it’s also quite freeing. We’re encouraged to try random or silly things, and come up with our own characters. It was a bit weird at first getting used to not being told what to do and where to stand, but I soon became comfortable discussing various ideas and trying out small scenes. It’s nice to know that you’re creating something new that’s never been seen before!

BU21

BU21 is comprised of 6 interlinking monologues that follows the story of a group of young people and how their lives are altered in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in central London.
 
 
“These days there’s just this endless stream of horrendous shit going down… it feels sort of voyeuristic to watch, but sort of disrespectful to switch it off… you can’t literally conceive of it happening to you… then it does… and nothing prepares you for how fierce it is.’
 
First performed in March 2016 in association with Kuleshov, it transferred after it’s sell-out run at Theatre503 to Trafalgar Studios in January this year.
 
This play is dark, smart, funny even heart-warming at times but does not pull any punches. Stuart Slade describes it as “my attempt to understand how people cope with, and potentially overcome, traumatic events in their lives. Based on exhaustive research from a range of terrorist events, it’s a play that faces the darkest of tragedies square in the face but also leaves room for optimism and hope”.
 
BU21 will be performed at Baron’s Court Theatre.
Updates on the production coming soon…

Otherworldly

Otherworldly will invite audiences to explore the possibilities offered by the modern day magical wardrobe. Open a door and enter a new reality of your own creation. Will it be a joyful Bedknobs and Broomsticks, flying-mattress type affair or would you find yourself trapped in the Handmaid’s Tale?
This will be an original, one act play based on the theme of alternate worlds, that will be devised entirely by the cast. The aim is to blend the discomfort of Black Mirror with the craziness of greek mythology, the intimacy of kitchen sink drama and a good dose of ridiculousness.
 
The play will be held at the trendy Rosemary Branch Theatre in Shoreditch where there is a full bar downstairs and a great view of the canal.
More updates on the creation coming soon…