Den of Thieves Biographies

Jessica Rogers – Maggie
This is Jess’s first production with KDC though she has been involved with other amateur theatre groups, including a production of Noises Off in 2015 and taking a new writing play up to Edinburgh fringe last year. When Jess isn’t being wildly competitive in rehearsal warm up games she is a Learning and Development Advisor for Christie’s where she is about the only person in the world to get really excited by the prospect of role play in the classroom.

Billy Knowles – Paul
This is Billy’s third production with KDC after appearing in Stags & Hens at the Landor and Bones, here at the Barons Court. Billy has performed in a variety of roles at a number of fringe venues including The Magnetic Lady (White Bear), Boom Bang-a-Bang (Etcetera), Bacchus In Rehab (Etcetera), Amore the Merrier (Cockpit) and Shopping & F***ing at the Edinburgh Fringe. Billy has also performed in several shows with ARC Theatre Ensemble, toured playing various characters in rep with Rainbow Theatre Company and performed as part of The Works, a choir ran by the ENO. Billy is excited to be part of Den of Thieves and would like to dedicate his performance to his Mum and Dad.

Govind Hodgson – Flaco
Having spent much of his youth in country Australia listening to Reggaeton and Latin Hip Hop and R n B, it seems only right that Govind was finally given the opportunity to live out his dream playing a deluded white guy with aspirations of being a Latin King. While this is Govind’s 8th year with KDC, this is the first chance Govind has been given to play a part that’s really him, in that it’s not at all really him.

Jade-Marie Joseph – Boochie
Jade-Marie is an actress and filmmaker. She took an interest in acting at the age of three and by the age of five she attended ‘Bubblegum’ drama school. She also attended the well known stage school ‘Sylvia Young’ aged twelve for a few years. Jade-Marie has been involved in various productions, on stage, as well as in front and behind the camera. At fifteen Jade-Marie performed at the Hampstead Theatre’s production of Snow White where she played the The Queen/Witch in which she won a Jack Petchey Best Actress Award. She was part of the Tricycle Theatre young company for three years where she performed a string of productions which included The Kilburn Passion in 2014. She took an interest in film making later in life, her first project was a documentary based on urban youth culture and it was shown on BBC three website and was also aired on television in their programme called Life through our lense. Jade-Marie’s last staged productions were The Forty Elephants at Pop up Brixton (2015) and Black lives, black words at the Bush theatre (2016). She has just recently finished starring in new short film Morning Glory which will be coming out later on this year.

Keir Mills – Sal
This is Keir’s fourth production with KDC. Having somewhat exacerbated a family feud as Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, he then attempted to keep his head Rudyard Kipling style as Dr Cardin in The Children’s Hour and then vehemently express a vision of anti-E.U.topia as The Terrorist in There Has Possibly Been An Incident. Alongside his stage work, Keir’s on-screen credits include the feature films City Rats and Shaun Of The Dead and acclaimed shorts, Honeymoon, The Outcasts and Green Means Stop. Not forgetting TV Shows including Channel 4’s Teachers and Messiah and the usual rounds of The Bill (R.I.P.) Holby City and Casualty amongst others.

Previous to this, the most amount of times Keir had written ‘Keir’ in any singular piece of writing was once. So he is proud to have taken the opportunity to set a new record.

Jed Soakell – Little Tuna
Jed is new to acting and most recently played the role of the Drum Major in KDC’s well-received Woyzeck (April 2016). He has taken acting courses run by Dominic Grant and is currently clowning around with Free Association Improv as well as doing stand-up. He loves playing Gypsy guitar and his acting hero is Christopher Walken.

Piers Burnell – Big Tuna
Piers is very happy to be back at the Barons Court after a 4 year hiatus. Past theatre credits include The Teacher & The Producer – Seduction, Chicago USA. Einstein – See Base Of Can, Battersea Arts Centre. Mr Samsa – Metamorphosis. Captain & Drum Major – Woyzeck. Judge Turpin – Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Reverend Parris – The Crucible. Reg Kray – Bones. Bruce Delamitri – Popcorn. Nugget – Equus. Comedian, Lodger, Warden – A Clockwork Orange and too many Shakespeares to mention! Various devious characters in BBC’s Crimewatch. MTV Run Run Run and Music Video Too Much Tea for Playground Legend.

Director – Duncan Moore
Assistant Director – Stephanie Urquhart
Stage Manager – Sarah Beebe
Lighting and Sound Design – Martin E. Rosso
Set – Stewart Moore
Props and Costume – Kate Moore and Liz Kelsch
Producer – Sarah Edwards

Den of Thieves – Director Interview

Duncan Moore – Den of Thieves director

How did you hear about KDC?
It was back in January 2000, when I first heard about KDC. I had moved to London four months earlier. Having celebrated New Year’s Eve alongside the Thames as the year 2000 was welcomed in, I felt ready to embrace London fully and get back into acting and directing (having not done any theatre since moving to the capital). I mentioned this plan to an old uni friend, and she told me that she was going to an audition that very evening for KDC’s production of Our Country’s Good. I went, got cast and have stayed ever since.

What have you done with us so far?
KDC has given me the opportunity to get involved in many different roles, both on and off stage. I’ve acted in a number of plays, playing roles ranging from a shorts-wearing, recorder-playing 7-year-old boy in The Physicists, to Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Offstage, I have designed lighting and sound for a number of plays, and I have directed over 10 shows for KDC, including Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Ben Elton’s Popcorn, Dracula (adapted by Liz Lochhead), Miller’s The Crucible, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, the writer of Den of Thieves.

Why Den of Thieves?
The last play I directed for KDC was Romeo and Juliet in November 2015. My brief for that show from KDC was to put on a big extravaganza to end the year. I loved directing that play, and I loved playing with the comedy that Shakespeare had written into one of his most famous tragedies. Once that play was over, I knew for my next show I wanted to do something on a totally different scale, that was filled with more comedy. Den of Thieves is the result.

In addition, Den of Thieves is an early play by one of my favourite writers, Stephen Adly Guirgis. Adly Guirgis writes deep, interesting, conflicted, troubled characters and puts them into hilarious situations and lets the fireworks and laughs explode. He writes plays that are a director’s dream, an actor’s dream and an audience’s dream.

What should we expect from the play itself?
A play that is filled with comedy, heart and drama. Den of Thieves is one of Adly Guirgis’s earliest plays. Since writing it, his subsequent shows have been played all round the world, including at the National Theatre in London, and his most recent play won the Pulitzer in 2015. Den of Thieves captures that moment when a writer is learning their craft but, at the same time, when they have no fear. The play is fast-paced, full-on and a lot of fun as recovering thieves (who are in a 12-Step Program to stop them stealing) get talked into one last job.

Anything else that would like to add? Embarrassing fact about yourself, or a KDC experience you’d like to share.
Through KDC, I got to play a getaway driver on Crimewatch Daily. I spent the morning speeding away from the curb in four different cars. I also had to explain myself to the actual police, who hadn’t seen the tv cameras, and thought they had ‘caught me in the act’ speeding.

Spring Season 2017 Auditions

When: 6:15-6:30pm registration, auditions 6:30pm-9:30pm, Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 January 2017. Choose whichever date suits you best.
Where: Theatre Deli Studios, 30 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9TP Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf or South Quay
Auditions are FREE to attend
Recalls: 10am-4pm, Sunday 22 January 2017
Venue: As Above
You will be called on Friday 20 January if the director would like to see you again.

Audition Notices:
The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley, dir. Nick Mouton, perf. 28 Mar – 1 Apr
Dante’s Divine Comedy, dir. Douglas Baker, perf. 4 – 8 Apr
Den of Thieves by Stephen Adly Guirgis, dir. Duncan Moore, perf. 11 – 15 Apr