Don’t forget the deadline for submissions for Future Imperfect – our summer season new writing project – is 31 March. Continue reading “Future Imperfect – Writing Deadline”
KDC Theatre is nearly 80 years old. Times have changed, and the way in which we’re governed doesn’t fully comply with the rules for associations like ours. As a result, at this year’s Christmas Quiz – 7 December 2017 at the Hoop & Grapes, Farringdon, we shall be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting to decide on becoming a charitable organisation.
The first step to becoming a charity is to agree a new constitution. The old one-page constitution isn’t robust enough for the Charity Commission.
Have a look at the proposed new constitution. Please send us comments using the form below.
If you’re interested in directing in Spring 2018, read on…
- Pitches open – prospective directors to register interest on contact form
- Pitching questionnaire – prospective directors to complete (by 21 October)
- Interviews – prospective directors meet with Chair (21 – 29 October)
- Decision – Spring productions confirmed (by 8 November)
- Name of the play you want to pitch and author?
- Approx running time of play? Will you have an interval?
- Brief description of the plot of the play?
- Number of actors? Male/female split?
- Why do you want to direct this play? What do you plan to do with it? Why would actors want to be involved?
- What experience do you have of working with/managing groups of people? Include theatre/directing experience or from another area of your life.
- Are you available for all three of the available slots for Spring?
- Do you intend to work alongside an assistant director or producer? If so, do you have people in mind?
- Is there anything else you want to tell us?
- On occasion we are unable to attain performance rights for plays, so ask directors to consider a rights free alternative production as a back-up (if their first choice isn’t rights free)? Do you already have an alternative play in mind?
Spring Season dates:
4 or 11 Jan – Season Launch event
15 – 18 Jan – Auditions
20 Jan – Recalls
22 Jan onwards – Mon, Wed, Sun – Rehearsals
12 – 17 March, Production week Show 1, Barons Court Theatre W14
19 – 24 March, Production week Show 2, Lion & Unicorn Theatre NW5
26 – 31 March, Production week Show 3, Barons Court Theatre W14
Congratulations to the new committee:
Chair – Sarah Dobson
Artistic Director – Steph Urquhart
Treasurer – William Baltyn
Technical Director – David Balfour
Publicity – Vicky Olusanya
New Writing Co-Ordinator – Carl Fletcher
Webmaster – William Baltyn
Executive Officers – Emma Knott, Kim Morrison
Deputy Chair – Carl Fletcher
What Keeps Me Awake, on every day Tuesday to Saturday this week at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre. We hope to see you there!
As Summer makes an appearance we in the KDC committee are getting ready for the AGM. This year it’s on Tuesday 11 July at 7pm at the Hoop and Grapes.
It’s a great chance for you to have your say on the direction KDC will take for the next year so we’d love to see lots of you there. We’ll present a review of the year gone by, elect the new committee, and answer your questions on what the future hold for us.
Being on the KDC committee is a brilliant way for you to directly influence the shows and activities that we put on for our members. From show budgets and subs, to the shows themselves and how we market them, all these things and more are up to the committee to decide.
If you’d like to put yourself forward to be on the committee please contact Secretary Sarah by Monday 10 July to formally put your name in the hat. At the AGM you’ll be asked to give a 2 minute pitch on why you’d like the role and answer any questions before everyone there votes. You’ll need someone on the committee to propose you, and someone else to second you.
To help you decide if you’d like to stand, here’s a rundown of the committee positions and details on who’s standing down. You can still put yourself forward for a role if the existing person isn’t stepping down.
Chair – big boss of the committee who keeps everyone in check and on plan. Applicants must be existing committee members. Emma is standing down this year. For more info contact Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org
Artistic Director – responsible for setting the artistic direction of the company, choosing all the shows we put on and which theatres we use. Applicants must be existing committee members. Kim is standing down this year. For more info contact Kim on email@example.com
Treasurer – holder of the bank account details and responsible for making sure we spend money on the right things. Applicants must be existing committee members. For more info contact Will on firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary – needs to be an excellent organiser to keep the wheels of KDC turning. For more info contact Sarah on email@example.com
New Writing Co-Ordinator – sources original writing for KDC to put on and nurtures our pool of writers. For more info contact Carl on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech Director – lights, sound, props, costumes; all the things that make the actors look good! For more info contact Dave on email@example.com
Publicity – responsible for getting the word out about all the good things we’re doing. For more info contact Vicky on firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Secretary – chief drinker and organiser of KDC get togethers. For more info contact Steph on email@example.com
Webmaster – curator of the website and general go to person for all things computer-based! For more info contact Will on firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Officers – very helpful people who pick up projects as the committee needs them to. A good starting place if you’re pondering committee life. For more info contact Emma on email@example.com
We look forward to seeing lots of you in July. In the meantime, happy sunbathing!
A few years ago, as part of our New Writing Round Table Readings, we performed She Wears Scented Rose by Yasir Senna.
Congratulations on a 5-star review to the cast and crew. It’s always great to hear what our past members are doing.
Writers wanted for our new project “Full Stack”, an evening of New Writing short plays that we will produce for a week of shows in June. We need your words!
We are looking to choose 12 pieces around the theme “What keeps me awake”, that are no longer than 4 sides of A4, and need no more than 3 actors. We need your creativity!
So if you’re an experienced writer who want to try your hand at a short punchy piece, or a brand new creative that hasn’t-got-around-to-writing-but-has-it-as-a-new-year’s-resolution.. This is your opportunity. We need your imagination!
You can submit as many pieces as you like, and we will be looking to pick about 12 pieces to make up our evening of theatre.
Deadline for submissions: 17th April
Questions and submissions to Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer & Autumn 2017
With our Spring season cast and on its way, the time has come for us to throw open our doors and invite you, our very talented and much loved membership, to help us create the magic that will be our summer and winter seasons 2017.
What’s the deal?
We want to hear from all budding and established directors who would be interested in pitching a play to be performed for one week 2nd -8th July and form part of our summer season. We are also looking for people interested in pitching plays to be performed in late October/early November as part of winter.
What kind of thing do we want?
ANYTHING!!! We love theatre in all it’s dramatic, hilarious, touching and downright avant-garde glory. From Shakespeare to new writing, Ibsen to long-form improv, we’ve done a lot and we are always looking for the next challenge.
Things to consider
KDC prefers play with upwards of 8 roles in order to give our actors plenty of parts. However, don’t let that deter you from pitching other things, we have ways…
The theatres we use are fairly small and our show budgets are limited. If you are picturing a revolve and purpose built ship it probably won’t happen.
KDC have fantastic actors but they aren’t professionals: they have lives, families, jobs, insecurities and are doing theatre because they love it, not because they are paid for it. As a director you need to be sensitive this and create an environment where people feel safe and free to be creative. Please have a think about this because it’s very important and we will ask!
But I haven’t directed before!!
That’s fine, we have to do everything for the first time at some point. Although we do like a bit of experience, we appreciate different backgrounds bring different talent and have plenty of old hands to help you find your feet.
Summer shows will be at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town.
Rehearsals will start in mid-April.
I’m interested, what now?
Fill out our application form, after the deadline, the KDC committee will read applications and decide who to invite for an interview.
If you have any questions please email:
Kim Morrison: email@example.com
When: Saturday 15 October 12pm – 3pmWhere: Big Wheel Studios, Farringdon
Get together, get creative, hone your skills and have a jolly good time.
The KDC incubator workshops give us the opportunity to play with new ideas which could form the basis of our next season or inspire you to create something of your own. Primarily a chance to get together with old friends and new faces and get stuck into some creative activities centred around making and performing theatre, there will also be an emphasis on developing performance skills.
The workshop is TOTALLY FREE…all I ask is that you sign up using this form so we can account for numbers. You do not need to be a member or have worked with KDC before, just come along.
We’ll have a little drink and a jolly in Exmouth Market afterwards.
Any questions drop Kim a line on firstname.lastname@example.org