Devising Plays: From Setting to Story

On Saturday 3 and 10 March, KDC will be running an afternoon session called Devising Plays: From Setting to Story. Starting with the basics of creative collaboration, we will look to explore different methods by which a complete story can be constructed by a group working together. We will then choose one approach and develop a complete, original story from scratch that could be subsequently developed into a devised play. The session will be run by the originator of KDC’s devised Studio Piece programme and director of KDC’s first three devised plays, Richard Williams.

This session is for people who are looking for a chance to practise their storytelling, collaborate on a creating ideas within a group and are interested in devising plays in general.

This is the second set of Devising workshops we’ve run and will use some of the methods explored in the first workshops (Collaborative Storytelling and Character Construction Workshop) and continue on. You do not need to have attended the first set of workshops to attend this one as we’ll be introducing these concepts afresh.

Each session will run from 12.15pm to 6.30pm in a central London rehearsal space. Participants can attend only one session (either the 3rd or the 10th).

Attendance is free, however places are limited to six spaces for each session.  Please contact Richard Williams at for details on how to apply.

LATEST – 3 March now fully booked.

The Actors for KDC Spring Season 2012

After an amazingly high turnout of amazingly top talent, the directing teams and ourselves are extremely pleased to present to you the actors for our Spring 2012 season!

It was an incredibly hard job thanks to some great auditions and some really tough calls, but if you DIDN’T get cast this time round, worry not! We have plenty on the way with regards to reading and workshops and social events! We are about to open up the pitch process for the rest of the year, so if you are not only an actor but also an aspiring director, get thinking! More details coming soon!

There are lots more things that KDC is doing between now and the shows, please keep an eye on the website and the weekly Showdown newsletter, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook too!

And as a final note, we are looking for two more male actors for the Tamer Tamed production, to play Jacques and Pedro, the comedy support. If you would be interested in auditioning for these roles, please email

Measure for Measure Cast List

Director – Jacqui Adams
Assistant Director – Juliet Colbert
Producer – Emma Knott

Duke Vincentio – Chris Warren
Isabella – Asma Mani
Lord Angelo – James Killeen
Mariana – Fran Rafferty
Claudio – Carl Fletcher
Lucio – Doug Baker
Escalus – Sarah Beebe
Provost – Jess Battersby
Ensemble, Including Mistress Overdone – Alex Waddington
Ensemble, Including Elbow – Matt Hudson
Ensemble – Elizabeth Daly
Ensemble, Including Pompey – Hayden Bennett
Ensemble – Ida Scofano

Tamer Tamed Cast List

Director – Matthew Partridge
Assistant Director – Katherine Wootton
Producer – Andy Marchant

Maria – Helen Jackson
Petrucio – Jeremy Small
Bianca – Natasha Muntoni
Livia – Catherine Ion
Roland – Michael Johnston
Petronius – Clive Eliot
Gremio – Eddie Register
Katharine – Alexis Coward
Tranio – Chris Penny
Wives – Abigail Deffee, Cara Barresi, Beccy Reese

War of the Waleses Cast List

Our own “after Shakespeare” play
Director – Sarah Heenan

Diana – Alex Wheeler
Queen – Julia Collier
Major – Richard Evans
Charles – William Baltyn
Blair – Stephen Russell
Ken – Nigel Barker
Pap/Campbell – Matt Matravers
Magnate – Simon Hill
Broadsheet – Sarah Lowes
Trueprint – Rebecca Shoot
Camilla/Private Secretary – Caitlin Homes
Advisor 1 – Becky Ison
Advisor 2/Lawyer/ – Alex Mackenzie-Smith
Advisor 3/Sarah Ferguson – Leila Mountford

First Thirsty Thursday of Spring 2012 Tonight!

Hello KDCers!

Now begineth the new season, Shakespearean in it’s flavours!

With the auditions out of the way and the shows about to start rehearsals, it’s time for KDC to get back into it’s sociable ways.

Our Social Team, Tracie and Carrie, are up first, to invite ALL of you to our regular haunt, the Hoop and Grapes, 80 Farringdon Street on THURSDAY 2nd FEB, for our Thirsty Thursday spectacular!

Whether you auditioned for this season, didn’t audition, if you’re cast, or not cast, whether you’re an old member or new—we’d love to have as many KDC members there for a tipple on a wintry Feb evening. The more the merrier so come out and say hello!

New Year Message from the Chair

Happy new year from all of us on the KDC Committee to all of you in KDC we’re committed to!

A reminder from me that the Newcomers meeting for our forthcoming Spring Season will be on Thursday 19th January at 7pm at the Melton Mowbray in Holborn.

Come and join us! Tell your friends! Tell anyone you know who wants to act on/add on that New Year Resolution to “DO MORE STUFF”

It’s a great chance to meet the committee and, most importantly, to learn more about this seasons shows; Measure for Measure, The Tamer Tamed and War of the Waleses. You will get the chance to hear from, and fire questions at, our three directors, Jacqui Adams, Matthew Partridge and Sarah Heenan, and be able to meet up with old friends/make new friends.

Obviously this isn’t exclusive to new members. KDC Theatre is all about keeping our productions as fresh and exciting as possible for our familiar faces, as well as thriving on the enthusiasm of new faces.

So if you’ve never been to a KDC Event before, or have mates who are looking to get involved in something new but just weren’t sure when, or if you’re a familiar face to us lot, then come along and find out more!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Andy Marchant

KDC Chair – resolving to lose weight after all that turkey…

Newcomers Spring 2012

Spring Season 2012 Newcomers is at The Melton Mowbray on Thursday 19 January at 7pm. Come along and hear from the committee about how KDC Theatre works and from the directors about the season’s plays, which are on between 27 March and 14 April.

2011 Christmas Message from the KDC Chair

Fa-la-la-la-la what an amazing way for us to see off a year in the life of KDC Theatre! Three weeks of top quality plays full of pathos and drama and tension and tragedy, as well as a lot of laughs!

A great big thanks from the committee to you, our members for your support, but especially to Nick, Jane Eve and Vic and the casts and crews of Female Transport, Anna Karenina and Talking Heads for such hard work. It’s great to be able to find enthusiasm for such different pieces and I hope to continue it in our new Shakespeare influenced Spring Season of 2012, including a new play initiated by Jenny, the previous chair waaay back in the early days of 2011 (remember those??) Thanks also to Carrie and Tracie for organizing our Christmas shindig last week!

So for the teams of FT, AK and TH, here goes (deep breath)…

Thanks to… Nick Mouton, Jane-Eve Straughton, Victor Craven, Bernie Higgins, Helen Niland, Simon Mathis, Holly McFarlane, Niki Mylonas, Teresa Joyce, Donna Easton, Becky Borland, Nichola Woolley, Piers Burnell, Richard Williams, Tom King, James Steer, Tui McLean, William Baltyn, Robert Myles, Aruna Buchanan Brown, Sarah Peachey, Stephanie Urquhart, Christopher Warren, Govind Hodgson, Andrew Silverman, Anne Connell, Caitlin Homes, Miranda Moore, Ian Rocordon, FIVE GOLD RINGS, Robin Snowdon, Mauro Galluzzo, Alice Masson-Taylor, Charlie Golding, Colin Guthrie, Matilda James, Zoe Ashdown, Sean Croft, Matt Matravers, Thomas Mannings, Carrie Johnson, Matthew Partridge, David Crackles, Kate O’Brien, Isabel Eriksson, Agostina Califano, Andy Lee, Lucy Walker, Matt Hudson, Kiera Newmark, Marlies Kunnen, Holly Hyde-Smith, Lex Lake, Juliet Colbert, Paul Rissman, Daniel Gardner, Matthew Gibson, John Munro and a partridge in a pear tree…

Have a great holiday season folks, may the spirits you drink be warming, and may your hangovers be brief!!!

See you in 2012!

Andy Marchant
KDC Chair and former Christmas Elf

Merry Christmas

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Christmas quiz – an excellent time was had by all! Looking forward to the Spring Season now. Make sure you’ve got the Newcomers on 19th January at the Melton Mowbray in your diary, so that you can find out more from the directors and committee.