Auditions, this Thursday

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.

You spoke: our Full Stack theme for 2021

The results are in! This year’s Full Stack theme will be Obsession. Many thanks for all the suggestions, and congrats to the winning theme – read on for all the information on Full Stack 2021.

We’re looking for short scripts in any genre for an anthology show in the summer, so get your thinking caps on.

The full brief for submissions is as follows:

Theme: Obsession

Mandatory prop to use / mention: bottle of cheap wine

The format for Full Stack is designed to encourage simplicity and efficiency of storytelling, so submissions need to:

  • Be no longer than 4 sides of A4 paper (ie. about 8 minutes)
  • Have no more than 3 actors needed
  • Include your name & date written

Your script can be shorter than 4 pages, and/or have more than 3 characters (as long as 3 actors can portray them all). You can submit as many scripts as you like!

Please send your scripts to newwriting@kdctheatre.com, by 26 March. Happy writing!

More information

For more information on Full Stack and the anthology show, visit our Full Stack page. For more information on our new writing opportunities, visit our New Writing page. You can also send our New Writing Coordinator a message via our contact form.

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Radio plays taped

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!

KDC’s New Writing Group is here!

Always wanted to write but never knew where to start? Folder full of plays in progress but stuck on how to finish them? Feeling like your work doesn’t get picked to be staged? Looking for a supportive group of other writers to motivate you?

KDC Theatre’s New Writing Group aims to do all of that, and more. Consisting of 5 monthly working sessions, the programme focuses on 4 things:

  1. Develop existing work further
  2. Inspire new writing through exercises and briefs (sometimes with actors!)
  3. Teach writing techniques and dramaturgy
  4. Provide a support network of other writers

Applications are now open

The New Writing Group is an online programme so writers from across the world can join. The sessions will be supported by a closed Facebook group where writers can talk to each other, KDC Theatre will set small challenges and share news, and discuss the previous and next sessions.

The season culminates in a rehearsed readings night, where each writer will be able to showcase a piece of their own choosing.

The New Writing Group will meet on Saturdays at 7-9pm GMT (London time) on the following dates:

23 January 2021
20 February 2021
20 March 2021
24 April 2021
22 May 2021
26 June 2021
(rehearsed readings night)

The New Writing Group is open to 10 writers via a short application process. Please go HERE for more information and the application form.

Taster session

Not sure yet if you want to join the full programme? KDC Theatre will run an open taster session on 12 December 2020 that will touch on some of the topics that will be part of the programme’s workshops.

The taster session is open to all and just requires a sign-up so we know where to send the login details to. Please go HERE for all the information and to sign up.

Date: 12 December
Time: 7-9pm GMT (London, UK time)
Location: Zoom (link will be shared after sign-up)

This is a free session.

Looking for a way to beat the winter blues?

Find out the top reasons to sign up for KDC’s Building Blocks: Devising & Improvisation, and get your spot at the 20 October Taster Session.

Building Blocks 1: Devising & Improvisation is an 8-week course introducing key concepts and tools, such as improvising, creating character, working with and developing source material to produce scenes.

We are holding a Taster Session, Tuesday 20 October 6.30 – 8.30 pm online, and have a limited number of places available.

Sign up now to get your spot at the Taster Session.

View the full details here.

The course will run every Tuesday from 27 October to 15 December with a showcase in the new year.

KDC is kicking off its new course!

Building Blocks 1: Devising & Improvisation is an 8-week course introducing key concepts and tools.

Building Blocks 1: Devising & Improvisation is an 8-week course introducing key concepts and tools, such as improvising, creating character, working with and developing source material to produce scenes.

The course will run every Tuesday from 27 October to 15 December with a showcase in the new year.

To register for the taster session on 6.30 – 8.30 pm, Tuesday 20 October or for the full Building Blocks Course, fill out this form.

Check out the full details here.

The Audition Notices are Up

Ahead of next week’s auditions for the KDC Autumn Season, we’re pleased to share the Audition Notices, hot off the press and ready for your reading pleasure.

Hot off the press!

Ahead of next week’s auditions for the KDC Autumn Season, we’re pleased to share the Audition Notices, hot off the press and ready for your reading pleasure.

SEEDS

BY DONNA HOKE, DIRECTED BY SARAH BEEBE

Click here to read the Seeds Audition Notice

Mirandolina

BY CARLO GOLDONI, DIRECTED BY IACOPO FARUSI & LETICIA TEXIDOR

Click here to read the Mirandolina Audition Notice

Where do I sign up?

All the dates and registration links are below. If you’ve got any questions, come along to the interactive Season Launch and put this season’s directors on the hot seat. We’ll be sharing a bit more about our concept season and you’ll get a taste of what being involved in the season will be like. (Yes that means games as well as chat – so put a nice shirt on, grab a drink and be ready!)

Season Launch
MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2020 FROM 19:00-20:15

Audition Dates
TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER FROM 18:45-21:00
WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER FROM 18:45-21:00

Register for the online Autumn Season Launch
Sign up for auditions here