KDC has had many fine hours in the last few years, but undoubtedly one of its finest was when we performed War of the Waleses on the Dell Stage at Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the RSC Open Stages festival last year. Its co-writer and director Sarah Heenan is taking it to the Camden and Edinburgh Fringes.
Between them over the last 4 years, the cast and writers have been involved in The Priory, Dracula, Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Clockwork Orange, Ubu Rex, Ups and Downs, The Provok’d Wife, Summers Gone, The Long Run, She Ventures and He Wins and Anna Karenina. It doesn’t get any moreKDC than that!War of the Waleses is a stylish and highly acclaimed reimagining of the split of Charles & Diana, the fall of the Conservatives and the rise of New Labour performed as a witty Shakespearean history full of 90s Brit Pop nostalgia.
Do come along and support us and see why we are so proud of our new writing.
The show was really well received in its London Run in Spring of this year, so we’d love to see some KDC Members heading up there to support the show. It’s FREE to watch, and there are two shows on Sunday 5th August, 12pm and 3pm. All YOU have to do is get up there!
It’d be great to hear from any casts that are reuniting to head up there, or having feedback from a gang of you making a pilgrimage, that we might be able to put up on the website to show ourselves off!
So get a gang together! Give yourselves a daytrip to the home of Shakespeare! Escape the madness of the London Olympics for a day! Let us know how your day was!
Due to the sell out success of KDC Theatre’s contribution to the RSC Open Stages project, our hosts for this season at the Lion and Unicorn, Giant Olive Theatre Company have agree to let us squeeze in one extra show, a Matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 14th April.
Make sure you don’t miss out on this final opportunity to see Sarah Heenan’s all singing, dancing, multimedia Shakespearean history, Queen of our Hearts, New Danger, Back to Basics 90s classics show in its entirety before its Questors showcase on April 26th! Remember there are now ONLY 60 tickets left (£12 each, £8 concessions)
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
10th to 14th April 2012 (cast required over Easter weekend)
Director: Sarah Heenan
Presented as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project.
By Sarah Heenan, Alan Maddrell and Andy Marchant
It is 1992, The Queen is about to deliver her now infamous Annus Horribilis speech, although it is not mentioned publicly at this point, the Queen must know that in two weeks’ time her Prime Minister, John Major, will announce the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
This tale of political intrigue, a crisis of succession and the manipulation of the press ends in May 1997, with the election of a new Prime Minister and the old establishment toppled. The script has been created from interviews, news reports and Hansard, interspersed with some imagined scenes.
Please Note: No real-life character will be cast based on how they actually look or sound (e.g. you don’t have to be tall and blond to play Diana) the closest we will get in terms of characterisation is in adopting one or two physical gestures/vocal qualities.
Drawing upon Shakespearian performance values, we will break the fourth wall and talk to our audience directly, set and props will be limited and costume will be your own best clothes (with a few exceptions). We will use sound and projected images to reflect the media war, but the spoken word and connection with the audience with remain paramount.
Main Characters (Approx. 6F 6M depending on split of roles)
Queen (F) The archetype of calm, quiet and thoroughly British authority. A consummate professional and the head of The Firm. Diana (F) A compelling, yet curiously shy character, cheeky and flirtatious. Speaks slowly, haltingly and from the heart. (20s-30s) Charles (M) A thoughtful, beleaguered man, perpetually confused by the modern world. Sarah (F) To double with other roles Camilla (F) To double with other roles Royal aides/Bodyguard (M/F)
Major (M) This play’s ‘Old King’ character. Referred to throughout the script as ‘Honest John’. Blair (M) We see Blair on his 1995-1997 ascendant, Smith (M) Major’s adversary (to double with other roles) Brown (M)Scottish accent required (to double with other roles) Various Labour and Tory politicians (M/F)
Press– the press scenes reflect on the impact of royalty and government on the people Magnate (M/F) A Falstaffian character, understands the machinations of the press intimately. Pap (M)- to double with other roles. Conniving paparazzo. (Stage fighting experience preferred) Broadsheet (M/F)- to double with other roles Trueprint (M/F)- to double with other roles Editor/Voice of the BBC (F) A warm, calm, measured voice, think Charlotte Green or Moira Stuart, will read out news reports of the day/set the scene. May also perform the play’s prologue.
Due to the scope of the play, some doubling will be required, but all cast will have at least one core role and plenty to get their teeth stuck into in terms of characterisation and lines.
By Sarah Heenan, Alan Maddrell and Andy Marchant (After William Shakespeare)
10th April – 14th April 2012
As part of the RSC’s Open Stages project, KDC Theatre explores placing a contemporary historical event into a Shakespearean style and structure in this original play.
It is the 1990s and a country already in turmoil finds itself in the middle of a media war as the future king and queen separate in this tale of political intrigue, a crisis of succession and the manipulation of the press.