Good Person of Szechwan Biographies

Cast

bernard-brennanBernard Brennan – Originally from the west of Ireland, Bernard Brennan works as an architect in London. Previous acting credits include transvestite dancer Rose in KDC’s 2015 original production of Night, Night, Sleep Tight at The Barons Court Theatre and religious fanatic Dougal in Tower Theatre Company’s 2016 production of Jez Butterworth’s The Night Heron at Theatro Technis. Bernard is very pleased to be back at The Barons Court with KDC for a production of this modern classic by Brecht.

danielle-florenceDanielle Florence – After graduating from drama school, Danielle left the sweet, maple-y embrace of Canada to live in Korea. After teaching some kids English and directing a production of The Vagina Monologues, she moved to London where she was most recently seen in KDC’s The Laboratorium. When she’s not flitting about on a stage, she can be found working at the Natural History Museum.

pippa-gibbPippa Gibb – Funniest performance experience: props stolen by audience members during a Panto tour of care homes. Most bizarre performance: playing a gorilla during an MA in Acting. Highest profile performance: Rehearsed reading of new writing with the National Theatre. Scariest performance: teaching secondary school pupils every day.

leyla-doanyLeyla Doany – Leyla’s acting highlights include playing a 70-year-old woman in a 4-star sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and performing in over 20 productions during her 4-year MA English Literature degree at the University of Edinburgh. When she’s not acting, she can be found working as a media analyst specialized in breaking news.

Juliet Okotie, Theatre Royl Stratford East, Stratford, London, UK.Juliet Okotie – Juliet is an Actress, Singer, Writer/Poet. She is currently in the process of writing and producing a one woman show. Her recent credits include: Chicken Palace (Black Apron Entertainment), Sweet Taboo (Talawa Theatre Company), Chicken Shop (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Gossip (Soho Theatre), One Woman’s Slide: A Blues (Talawa Theatre Company), Meet The Adebanjos (MTA Productions), Home Theatre (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Monologue Slam (Triforce Promotions), STEP (Theatre Royal Stratford East), East End Boys, West End Girls (RichMix).

dalila-mcfarlane-martinDalila McFarlane-Martin – Dalila’s credits include: Woyzeck by Georg Buchner, Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington and A Vampire Story by Moira Buffini at the Arcola theatre. In 2012 she participated in a devised piece at The Battersea Arts Centre entitled The Most Incredible Nothing and in 2013 she participated in an immersive experience at The Bedroom Bar called Miss Mabell. She recently graduated from Falmouth University training in Acting and starred as the leading role Bernarda in the graduate performance The House of Bernarda Alba by Frederico Garica Lorca. She has also explored other mediums including writing two plays, one of which, Love, Death and The Underground, was a collaborated piece and was performed at The Almedia Theatre. Her most recent article, Where Are You Really From, will be published in November in the zine Leksim. During her time training as an actor, she devised a web series entitled The Misrepresentation of Me. This series focused on the unheard stories of black British women trying to make a success of their lives. She is currently working on a second series.

kieron-mieresKieron Meires – Kieron has been acting for 11 years, beginning with a stint in the National Youth Theatre. Since that time he has dabbled in Shakespeare, Brecht and Kitchen Sink dramas and has been fortunate enough to have been praised in county newspapers. He also wrote, directed and produced a short film with funding from The Roundhouse.

Creatives

Brigitte AdelaBrigitte Adela – Brigitte is a freelance director and Artistic Director of Written Foundations Theatre Company (www.writtenfoundations.co.uk). Her previous work includes St Georges Day (Park Theatre), Homo- (Rosemary Branch), Collegiate (Arcola), Gamma (Tristan Bates), What Would Quentin Do (The Bush) and The Heir (Edric Theatre).

veema-sawmynaden-co-producerVeema Sawmynaden – Veema is a theatre maker and frequently works with young people. She recently worked on Old Vic New Voices project on their community project Rise as Assistant Stage Manager. This is her first producer role but will not be her last.

Oscar – Raised from the concrete jungle of London, and inspired by the palm trees of California, BossOLa comes with tunes that reach out from a range of genres and grinds them into forms that talk of love for one and hate for the powers that be. All done in the hope of making the listener bop their head to the beat with tears in their eyes.

Audition Notice for Concrete Island

Our Autumn Season mini-project for new ideas and busy people, Concrete Island – an adaptation of a JG Ballard novel – is a rehearsed reading on 5 November at Barons Court Theatre.

Auditions are on 17 September at St Bride Foundation, with rehearsals on Sundays through to the performance. More details:

Concrete Island Audition Notice

Rabbit Cast Biographies

jenni-headshotBella – Jennifer Stewart

This will be Jenni’s debut performance with KDC and she has loved every minute of it. She would like to say a huge thank you to all the cast, her lovely Director, Hayley Cameron and Assistant Director, Vicky Olusanya. She has always enjoyed being on stage and has been in many productions throughout school and University. Most recently, since moving to London, she has been a part of Singing in the Rain (Mayhem Musical Theatre Company), Made in Dagenham (WLOS) and now Rabbit!

stephen-headshotFather – Stephen Ball

Stephen trained at City Lit in the early nineties. After a 15 year break, he returned to the stage in 2014 in the KDC production Keeping in Touch with Temptation. This was followed by roles in You are the Detective at Theatre Delicetessan, An Audience Investigates at Hampstead Peoples Theatre and several Third Person Theatre co-productions at Bread and Roses Theatre. In 2015 he appeared as Special Agent Christopher Klein in Kingmakers, a British Nollywood series. This year he has appeared in Sci Fi film The Skies of Arcadia as Professor Vergil (Carlo Garibaldi) and as the Addict Phil in Sleepwalkers (Caitlin Adamson).

tasha-headshotEmily – Natasha Rowan

Before moving to London to study acting at The Poor School (short course) Natasha worked with various amateur companies in Norfolk, in association with Sheringham Little Theatre and The Garage Theatre. Some of her favourite roles have been Prospera in The Tempest, Viola in Twelfth Night and Cissy in Punk Rock. Last year Natasha performed in the Croydon Festival, in An Experiment with An Air Pump by Shelagh Stephenson. This is her first time working with KDC and she’s really excited to be a part of Rabbit!

nilesh-headshotTom – Nilesh Pandey

This is Nilesh’s first performance with KDC. Over the past few years he has performed in Calendar Girls as Liam and Swimming with Sharks as Jack. He also studied acting at college where he played the lead role in productions of Dying For It by Moira Buffini and A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Nilesh works in Marketing by day, and his claim to fame is appearing on Newsround with Jo from S Club 7 when he was 11.

doug-headshotRichard – Douglas Baker

Douglas is a freelance creative with a passion for theatre, film and travel. He has also researched for many fun and exciting TV, film and commercial directors. He has just returned from an inspiring journey through Tibet, Japan and China. He has enjoyed bringing this part from page to stage and is looking forward to entertaining the audience.

talitha-headshotSandy – Talitha Parker

Representing Australia, this is Talitha’s first KDC production. Having been involved in independent film projects since her stay in London, she is very excited to get back to her roots and immerse in the theatre world once again! She can’t wait to start showing the people of London this exciting project!

hayley-headshotDirector – Hayley Cameron

Good Person of Szechwan Cast List

Thanks to all those that auditioned this season; the successful cast for Good Person of Szechwan:

Layla Doany
Juliet Okotie
Bernard Brennan
Pippa Gibb
Danielle Florence
Dalila McFarlane-Martin
Kieron Mieres

 

Rabbit Cast List

Congratulations to the cast of Rabbit, 25-29 October 2016 at Barons Court Theatre:

(in order of appearance)
Bella – Jennifer Stewart
Father – Stephen Ball
Emily – Natasha Rowan
Tom – Nilesh Pandey
Richard – Douglas Baker
Sandy – Talitha Parker

Autumn Season 2016

The sun may have gone away but there is no need to stop drinking those celebratory cocktails – KDC auditions for our Autumn season are officially on. We have two great plays directed by two super women, with parts for all ages and types. You are sure to find something to float your boat.

When: 6.45-7pm registration, auditions 7pm-9pm, Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 August 2016. Choose whichever date suits you best.

Where: Clean Break Studios, 2 Patshull Road, Kentish Town, NW5 2LB. The nearest tube is Kentish Town.

Recalls: 10am-2pm, Saturday 3 September at Clean Break Studios

You will be called by Friday 2 September if the directors would like to see you again.

The Plays:

Rabbit, written by Nina Raine
Directed by Hayley Cameron
25 – 29 October 2016, Barons Court Theatre
Audition Notice

Good Person of Szechwan, written by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by John Willet
Directed by Brigitte Adela
1 – 5 November 2016, Barons Court Theatre
Audition Notice

Director pitches – Autumn Season 2016

We are looking for two directors to take on a week each at the Barons Court Theatre. The weeks are 25-29 October and 1-5 November. Rehearsals would start in early September.

What’s the deal?

Without our wonderful directors nothing would happen. We rely on those creative geniuses to dream up the ideas and become the enthusiastic, balls of energy that inspire our actors to take those ideas to the stage. We want to hear from all budding and established directors who would be interested in pitching a play to be performed for one week in June.

What kind of thing do we want?

ANYTHING!!! We love theatre in all its 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.

I’m interested, what now?

In the first instance drop the artistic director, Kim Morrison, a quick email briefly explaining what you’d like to pitch by 5pm on Friday 1st July and we can take it from there.