Night Night, Sleep Tight

A new season of New Writing Round Table Readings…

Dates: 30 September & 7 October
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Hoop and Grapes, 80 Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4BL

Following on from last year’s “What the Dickens?”, we’ve given twelve talented writers one spooky fairy tale each, and told them to turn it into a short play, with an edgy urban setting. Including everything from creepy nightclub bouncers to rogue RSPCA officers, these tales will amuse and scare you in equal measure.

Round Table Readings are free to attend. If you are comfortable reading cold and are interested in performing, please contact Or listen if you prefer. Constructive feedback is encouraged.

Winter Season 2014 Newcomers

Date: Thursday 11th September
Time: Join us from 7pm for a drink. The meeting will start at 7.30pm
Venue: The Red Herring, 49 Gresham St EC2V 7EH. Nearest tube St Paul’s

Each season we hold a Newcomers Meeting where the directors will tell you more about their plays and the audition process. It’s a great way to find out more about the season and of course you can quiz the directors and committee too. Whether you’ve been hanging out with KDC for years, or you’re completely new to us, come on down!

Winter season consists of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Well Dressed, both on at Barons Court Theatre. Visit the auditions notices for more details about the shows.

KDC Annual General Meeting 2014

Our AGM is the chance for you to find out our plans for the next year, see what state the bank account is in, and of course elect the new committee.  Plus this year we have a very exciting announcement to make about the future of KDC.

KDC relies on its members to keep it running so if you fancy being on the committee we’d love to hear from you. The following positions are currently vacant so send an e-mail if you’d like to find out more about what they entail:

Publicity Officer
Co-Tech Director
Lock Up Co-Ordinator

Of course it wouldn’t be an AGM without a few drinks and an excuse for another social. So if you missed the picnic, catch up with old friends and new.

KDC Summer Season Picnic

When? Sunday 6 July from 1pm
Where? Hampstead Heath, near Parliament Hill Cafe. Click for map.
Where to meet? We will be in Costa Coffee in Kentish Town from 1pm – 1.45pm and then will walk up together – if you arrive after that head to Parliament Hill cafe (see above) and call us on 07547 018 325 – we’ll find you!
What to bring? Bring whatever you want – Booze, juice, food, picnic blankets and games of a summer variety would all be welcome.
What will happen? Games galore (not compulsory), chat and hopefully epic sunshine and good times.
What if it rains? If it is raining or we have poor weather, we will relocate to a Kentish town pub and a ridiculous sitting down game will be provided.

Social tonight – Winter season sneak preview

As if the appeal of our social secretaries duetting tonight isn’t enough, we will giving a sneak preview of the Winter shows. Come along to The Birdcage Bethnal Green, 80 Columbia Road,Bethnal Green,E2 7QB from 7.30 tonight.

Audition notices will go out in the Monday showdown, BUT we will be announcing tonight, the shows and directors of Halloween AND our Revolution weeks! See you there.

Summer Season Opening Party – 12 June

If music be the food of love… Karaoke on

When: Thursday 12th June at 8pm
Where: The Birdcage Bethnal Green, 80 Columbia Road,Bethnal Green,E2 7QB
Contact: If you have any questions email Kim and Trina
The Plan: Trina and Kim will be at the Birdcage from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome for singing or just socialising. We will make a KDC sign for the table so if you don’t know who we are you can find us easily. If you get lost you can call 07547 018 325.

If you love the beauty and class of an evening lost in the melodic tones of Shakespearean text, chances are you will simply adore an evening listening to the excitable screeching of KDC members who have been given exclusive access to a microphone, backing track and a well stocked bar. However you like to get your kicks, we are sure you’ll find your thing.

We would like to invite you to celebrate the start of the KDC summer season, with a Twelfth Night-themed shindig. There will be Karaoke for the brave (NOT compulsory), food and booze for the observers and much love for everyone.

Everyone can attend so we look forward to seeing you there!

Round Table Readings – Summer 2014

When: 7pm, Tuesday 29 April
Where: Hoop & Grapes, Farringdon

The New Writing Round Table Readings return in fine form for Summer 2014. As usual, there is no charge and everyone is welcome!

Last Orders by Phil Thomas

A pub at the bottom of a condemned tower block on an East London housing estate is an hour away from demolition. However, for Doug the owner, it might be last orders in more ways than one.

Terra Firma by Susan Gray

A politician and his wife are stranded in a post-apocalyptic Earth as part of a reality TV show.

Round Table Readings Spring 2014

With the auditions out of the way, congratulations to those of you who have been cast, and for those of you that missed out, there’s plenty to get involved with this season.

We are very proud of our new writing at KDC. If you are a budding author, or have a sketch, short play or full length piece of work, or even something under development you’d like to hear out loud, get in touch with Matthew, our new writing rep.

Below is the provisional schedule of roundtable readings for Spring Season 2014. Turn up, get a drink, take a script and spend an evening reading these never-bef0re-heard works. Like all our social events, it is of course free.

Tuesday 28 January

Art Work by Tricia Bracher
Wellington by Cat O’Shea
The Dinner Party by Doc Watson

Tuesday 4 February

Rumble by Yasir Senna
The Deal by Olly Kendall

Thursday 13 February

The Court by Matthew Partridge
Side Effects Include… by DT Arcieri
Room Temperature by Jim Tanner

They will all be held at the Hoop and Grapes, 80 Farringdon St, London EC4A 4BL, a few minutes from Blackfriars Tube station (starting at 7pm).

Quintessentially Christmas Quiz – 12 December

Christmas-quiz-photoWith the Winter Season out of the way, there’s just time to slot in the Christmas Quiz, at the Hoop & Grapes, Farringdon Street, from 7.30pm on Thursday 12 December.  Click here for the Facebook event.

Haters of trivia will adore the KDC Christmas quiz, we promise you you can lose all your brain cells to mulled wine and still have a shot at glory.

Can you eat more mince pies than Santa? Sing more festive tunes than Elton John? Make home-made Christmas gifts better than a class of candy cane hyped 5 year olds?

Yes? Then get down to the Hoop and get involved in the merriment. The rules:

1. Teams need a minimum of 3 people and a max of 6 – if you don’t have one we’ll find you one!
2. Don’t cheat or we’ll egg you.
3. The judges decision is final no matter how drunk they appear.