**** Review for SHE/Stiff

Review from Panoptic

SHE

hurtles through its gripping plot with aplomb, keeping the audience guessing for the whole ride.

compellingly performed by a committed, undulating ensemble of three – fluidly switching their roles

Stiff

a central struggle between impulse and morals which carefully flirts with humour and disgust

Last chance for tickets — closes Saturday

SHE & Stiff — last chance to see

Final 3 performances tonight, tomorrow and Saturday!

SHE & Stiff

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Pitches open for Spring 2019

With our Autumn Season well under way it’s time to set our eyes to Spring (we are sorry, it’s not even Halloween yet…) but there are 3 weeks up for grabs as part of our first season of 2019 at Barons Court Theatre w/c 18th/25th March and 1st April. There is no set theme to follow for Spring, we just really want to see your passion for your chosen project come through in your pitch.

Please keep the following in mind when making your choice: KDC’s acting demographic is predominantly made up for 20s/30s; we historically have a higher percentage of auditionees that identify as female; we generally look for a minimum cast number of 6 and the Barons Court itself is an intimate space so bear that in mind with regards to tech etc.

Each season is looked at individually so if you don’t think your idea quite fits the above, do still get in touch! Also, obtaining rights can sometimes prove problematic so within your pitch you will be asked for a 2nd choice, please give this some serious thought as you will be asked about it in your pitch interview (but don’t be put off if you don’t have one, we can chat about options should we need to).

Hopefully that doesn’t all sound too scary BUT there’s a handy information sheet and if you’re still unsure, have questions or would like any further information or support in order to complete your pitch, please contact me directly at: artisticdirector@kdctheatre.com

Whether you’ve directed for KDC before or would finally like to give it a go, we can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeves!

Spring Season 2019 – info for prospective directors

Apply here

Steph (& Your KDC Committee)

 

Junk Puppet Making & Performance Workshop

Come make puppets with us! We will be constructing and playing with puppets made from everyday objects and materials, working out how they move, what personalities they have, what stories we can tell, and how we can alter their design to change their character. We will find out how they can interact with each other and human characters, and how to operate them, to give them life.

The workshop is free and you don’t need any experience! If you have any questions please email carl@kdctheatre.com

Carl & Danielle

Theatre Deli Broadgate
Sunday 7 Oct, 1pm-4pm
Free

KDC is now a charity!

Thanks to the efforts of Sarah and Will, and those KDC members that approved the required constitution changes, KDC is now officially a registered charity! This is a very positive step for the group, aligning our legal status with what we actually are (“doing good nice things m’kay”), and making our future more secure.

So, welcome to KDC Theatre, registered charity num 1179970!

Autumn auditions are under-way, and we will be announcing our new casts next week.

Minutes from AGM and September SGM

AGM Minutes – 26 July 2018

SGM Minutes – 13 September 2018

Auditions this week!

Auditions for our fantastic autumns season of shows are this week, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday evenings. You can audition for all the shows in a single evening, and you only need to come to one day. There is no need to prepare anything, you don’t need to pre-register, and they are free.

When: 17, 18 & 19th September, 6:45pm–9pm

Where: Theatre Deli Studios, 2 Finsbury Avenue EC2M 2PA (go through the bar and upstairs, follow the “STUDIOS” sign)

What: Open auditions for the below productions

The shows

SHE – by Hannah Torrance, directed by Sarah Beebe

Three actresses convey the fractured perspectives, experience and memories of a troubled woman, pushed to the brink. SHE Audition Notice

Stiff – by Matthew Davies, directed by Steph Urquhart

Just another night shift at the mortuary but how will the three men on call react when tasked with ‘looking after’ a recently departed and very beautiful young actress? Stiff Audition Notice

Flare Path – by Terence Rattigan, directed by Lisa Thomas

1942. Ahotel near an RAF Bomber Command airbase plays host to an affecting love triangle between an actress, her pilot husband and her movie star lover. Flare Path Audition Notice

Autumn Season auditions

Season Launch party – 13 Sept

Oh my, it’s theatre’ing time again! Come to our season launch party on 13 September, from 7:30pm at Hoop & Grapes pub in Farringdon Street. You can grab a beer, mingle with all the nice people, chat to the directors — oh did I say Directors? Well yes I did because we’ve got a bunch of shows that we need you to be involved with!

Come theatre-types all, both KDC regulars and the new-and-shiny. We’re going to be needing a cast for all this lot, so come and show us what you got (auditions will be 17-19 September). If you’re not one of those actor-types, there are also a number of non-cast roles that we will need to fill, so come round, say hi! We are a very friendly bunch of folks and can’t wait to meet you!

Here’s the lineup for this season, full details in the linked audition notices:


SHE – by Hannah Torrance, directed by Sarah Beebe

Three actresses convey the fractured perspectives, experience and memories of a troubled woman, pushed to the brink. SHE Audition Notice

Stiff – by Matthew Davies, directed by Steph Urquhart

Just another night shift at the mortuary but how will the three men on call react when tasked with ‘looking after’ a recently departed and very beautiful young actress? Stiff Audition Notice

Flare Path – by Terence Rattigan, directed by Lisa Thomas

1942. Ahotel near an RAF Bomber Command airbase plays host to an affecting love triangle between an actress, her pilot husband and her movie star lover. Flare Path Audition Notice

Season Launch and Special General Meeting

KDC Theatre – Notice of Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special General Meeting of KDC Theatre will be held at the Hoop & Grapes, 80 Farringdon Street, London at 7.30pm on Thursday 13 September 2018 to transact the following business:

AGENDA

1. Alteration to the Constitution

To consider and vote upon the following resolution.

That clause 3(1) of the KDC Constitution be amended to read “to advance the arts for the public benefit, in particular by the production and presentation of amateur theatre performances in Greater London.”

That clause 3(2) of the KDC Constitution be removed.

2. Members proposed resolutions

Details will be given once proposed resolutions are received. Proposed resolutions should be submitted via our contact form by noon on 30 August 2018. A revised agenda will be issued by 6 September 2018.

3. Any other business

To deal with any matters raised at the meeting.

4. Season Launch

Formally close the meeting and move to the Season Launch, detailing plans for our two performance weeks in November.

By order of the Board of charity trustees

Sarah Dobson

Chair

13 August 2018

Pitches for Autumn 2018

This Autumn KDC is seeking three directors to perform in two weeks in November. We are inviting pitches for productions that you, as a director, are longing to stage. We are also seeking directors for two very dark and very different one act plays, which are being brought together for the first time.

She takes place over 1 night in a restaurant, 3 stories, different perspectives, all leading to this one moment; a simple action with violent consequences.

Stiff invites the audience to see the other side of death, set in a mortuary; how will the night shift cope when confronted with a familiar face?

We want to know what will make your production special. You can pitch for as many productions as you like and, if you can’t make the dates of this season, we would love to know what you would have pitched. After all, spring is only round the corner…

Key dates for directors

13 Sep 2018 – Season Launch Event – Hoop & Grapes, Farringdon
17-19 Sep 2018 – Auditions – Theatre Delicatessen – Deli Studios
22 Sep 2018 – Recalls – Theatre Delicatessen – Deli Studios
24 Sep 2018 – Rehearsals Mon/Wed/Sun – Various locations
6-10 Nov 2018 – She/Stiff – White Bear Theatre, Kennington
27 Nov – 1 Dec 2018 – Production Week 2 – Barons Court Theatre

Process for pitching

1. Pitches open Thurs 26 July 2018
Prospective directors to register interest by completing this contact form by Mon 6 Aug. The scripts for the two one act plays will be forwarded in response

2. Complete questionnaire By Mon 6 Aug 2018
Prospective directors to complete KDC pitch questionnaire (see full list of questions below)

3. Interviews Mon 30 July – Tue 14 Aug 2018
Prospective directors will meet with Steph, Artistic Director and Sarah, Chair. Steph will be in touch to arrange the meeting once contact form is received

4. Decision Mid-August 2018
Autumn productions and directors confirmed

For information – the full set of questions are listed below, in case you would like to prepare your answers in advance of completing online.
1. Name
2. Email address
3. Dates pitching for:
a) 6 – 10 November 2018 at White Bear (directing ‘Stiff’ or ‘She’)
b) 27 November – 1 December 2018 at Barons Court Theatre (directing my own choice of play)
4. Name of the play are pitching to direct?
5. * Author
6. * Date of first publication? (This can be found on the information page at the front of the published script)
7. * What is it about – please give a brief description of the plot of the play?
8. How would you characterise the genre?
9. What do you like about this play?
10. How do you plan to present the play?
11. Why would your production be great for KDC members to get involved in?
12. What experience do you have of working with/managing groups of people? This can include theatre/directing experience or experience from another area of your life.
13. * What is the approximate running time of play? Will you have an interval?
14. Number of actors needed/sought?
15. *What is the likely male/female split of your cast?
16. Do you plan to work with an assistant director or producer? If so, do you have someone in mind?
17. * If your pitch is successful, we will apply for any performance rights needed. However, sometimes the rights for plays are unavailable. To avoid disappointment, we invite directors to consider a rights free production, which could act as a back-up if their first choice isn’t available. If you would like to submit a full proposal for another play, you can complete this form again for a different play. If you already have other plays in mind and would like to let us know what they are, you can include them here.
Is there anything else you want to tell us?
18. Do you have any questions?