Meet the Writers of Future Imperfect

Future Imperfect is the new writing show created out of a call out for writing of 4 pages or less. The show is a compilation of 13 pieces that were submitted and selected by our 6 directors, which will be performed at The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre on the 19th – 23rd June.

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Pete Barrett

Pete has been writing plays, children’s books and short stories for most of his life. His plays have won or been shortlisted in 18 competitions in recent years. He has had seven professional productions. A collection of stories written for the Interact Reading Service Out Loud: 36 Twisted Tales has sold many thousands of copies on Kindle. More of his work is on his website www.petebarrett.co.uk.

Matt Beames

Matt is a freelance writer based in Hampshire. His writing for theatre has been performed around the UK and in the US. His work is often inspired by mythology and folklore, and his recent adaptation of Sleeping Beauty has been published by Aurora Metro Books. Many of his theatre projects tell stories of near futures, and he is delighted to be a part of Future Imperfect.
Whilst much of Matt’s writing for theatre, his other projects include writing prose fiction, comics and also board games.

Rachael Carnes

Professionally, Rachael is the director of Arts & Culture for the Oregon Supported Living Program, an organization that serves people with disabilities. She discovered playwriting in 2016 and had her first professional production last year. And as a professional journalist and editor, Carnes regularly contributes to publications throughout the Northwest. With a collaborative spirit, Rachael recently brought together 20 playwrights from across the country, creating end editing PLAYWRIGHTS SAY NEVER AGAIN TO SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, a full-length work that has had staged readings in theaters across the country.

Danielle Florence

Danielle was born and raised on an island in Canada, went to drama school at the same place as the guy from Silicon Valley and then moved to Korea for a year to eat her weight in bibimbap. Since coming to London she’s appeared in many KDC shows and directed one. This is her first time writing anything that will be staged, which is likely to be obvious. During the day, she works at Theatre Deli as their Marketing Department.

 

Ian Green

I’ve appeared in several shows with KDC in the past including Otherworldly, a devised play that I helped to script alongside the rest of the cast.

I started writing short plays a couple of years ago as part of Andy Marchant’s “10 Minutes a Month” playwriting challenge. I am very happy to have had my piece selected for Future Imperfect and am really looking forward to seeing what Govind and the cast do with the script!

Catrin Fflur Huws

Catrin Fflur Huws is a Welsh playwright. Her play ‘To Kill A Machine’ about the cryptanalyst Alan Turing, was nominated for 4 Wales Theatre Awards in 2016, and was a finalist in the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Award for Playwrighting in the same year. In 2011 and 2012 she was part of the Sherman Theatre’s Gair ar Led and Spread the Word programmes, and has also been part of Theatr Clwyd and Gladstone Library’s Writer in Residence Scheme.

Helen Jackson

By day I’m a marketing manager but by night I’m a drama junkie. I’ve been performing in plays with KDC and other theatre companies for many years now so it’s exciting to be involved in theatre from a different perspective. When I’m writing I find myself acting out all the parts which helps me think through what might work dramatically. I really enjoy the challenge of taking a theme and imagining what stories can come out of it.

 

Scott Mullen

Scott Mullen is a longtime Hollywood screenplay analyst and screenwriter, a two-time winner of Amazon Studios’ screenwriting contest, whose thriller THE SUMMONING aired on TV One. His short plays have been performed around the world.

 

 

Ken Preuss

Ken Preuss is a Central Florida playwright and teacher. His published one-acts for teens and assorted short plays have been produced in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and 46 of the 50 United States

Future Imperfect – The Scripts

After reading the 164 entries to our writing submission for Future Imperfect we have a list of scripts that have been chosen to be in the show. The standards have been so high and we’ve had a greater number of participants to last year. A massive congratulations to everyone that took part in the writing challenge!

Writer – Play

Ken Preuss – What’s App-ening
Helen Jackson – Welcome to Future Imperfect
Rachael Carnes – Ill Comes Forth
Catrin Fflûr Huws – The cream coloured clock by the bed by the door
Matt Beames – Moving Day
Rex McGregor – Pseudo Human Resources
Pete Barrett – Not a lot we can do about that party
Ian Green – Raven 2.0
Helen Jackson – Lucy
Danielle Florence – Dancercourse
Pete Barrett – The Crime Sympathy Unit
Ken Preuss – Taking Sum Lumps
Scott Mullen – Wednesday

Audition FAQ

Ahead of our auditions for Future Imperfect, we have a handy FAQ of information.

Want to act in the show?

Auditions will take place Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th April at Clean Break (2 Patshull Rd, London NW5 2LB) from 6.45 – 9pm each night, with recalls at the same venue on Sunday 29th (Invite only). You just need to attend one night.

Audition FAQ

Do I need to register ahead of the audition?
No, just turn up and fill out a form when you get there.

Do I need to pay?
No, all our auditions are free.

Will I need to pay if cast?
Yes, you pay for performance roles so we can keep on making theatre.
Full price membership: £70
Concessions: £35

Please note full price membership means you have no fee to pay if you get cast again within the next year.

Do I need to prepare anything in advance?
For Future Imperfect you will not have to prepare anything as it will be a workshop audition.

What about doing tech/design/stage managing?
If you would like to take a role that is not on the stage, it would be free, just drop an email to publicity@kdctheatre.com.

Upcoming auditions

Future Imperfect:

KDC’s summer show is the return of last summer’s new writing success, What Keeps Me Awake, with the same format and a new theme.

Until the end of March 2018, writers from across the globe are submitting short plays written for KDC. Writers have only two words to guide them, the title: Future Imperfect. Last year over 130 plays were submitted. From these, 5 directors chose the best 12.

Auditions
Mon-Wed, 23 – 25 April 2018
Registration: 6.40pm. Audition: 7 – 9pm
Venue: Clean Break studios, 2 Patshull Road, London, NW5 2LB

Recalls (by invitation only)
Sun 29 April 2018
Time: 12 – 4pm
Venue: Clean Break studios, 2 Patshull Road, London, NW5 2LB

Performances
Tue-Sat, 19 – 23 June 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford St, Kentish Town, NW5 2ED

Dress and tech
Mon 18 June, all day

Rehearsals
Rehearsals will be mainly but not exclusively on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. Rehearsal venues are in central London, often at the Hoop and Grapes pub (80 Farringdon St, EC4A 4BL) and Theatre Delicatessen (2 Finsbury Avenue, EC2M 2PA).

Budding writer?
Find out how to submit your short play for ‘Future Imperfect’ here.

Full Stack 2018

Writers wanted for this year’s “Full Stack” competition, which will form an evening of short plays in June.

Last year we ran a new writing competition to gather short plays around a theme for a week-long run at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre. Much fun was had by audience and actor alike, and the feedback on the show was universally positive. The event went so well that we are going to go for another round this summer!

We are looking to choose 12 pieces around the theme “Future imperfect”, that are no longer than 4 sides of A4 paper, and need no more than 3 actors. They say restriction breeds creativity…

So if you’re an experienced writer who wants to experiment with what can be achieved in a short duration, or a brand new creative that hasn’t-got-around-to-writing-but-will-do-because-it’s-a-new-year’s-resolution-honest…. This is your opportunity — we want to hear your words!

You can submit as many pieces as you like, the deadline for submissions is 31st March, and we will let you know if you were successful in early April.

Questions, and submissions, to Carl at newwriting@kdctheatre.com