What the Dickens? Cast & Crew

Amy WackettAmy Wackett
This is Amy’s second production with KDC, last appearing as Anna in ‘The Player Played’ by Matthew Partridge. Still dazzled by the bright lights of London, she arrived just a year ago with big dreams and a small satchel filled with dog eared head shots and worn out dancing shoes. Amy has previously mildly entertained Oxford and Lancaster audiences with numerous roles including Henrietta in Agatha Christie’s ‘The Hollow’, Hermia in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Juliet in an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s ‘Unseen Academicals’ and Gwendolen in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde. By day, Amy is Communications Manager for the spinal injury charity, Aspire. In fact she mostly does theatre just to get the charity’s name in the programme. Unfortunately, product placement was not permitted on this production.

SullivanBernard O’Sullivan
Bernard was educated at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and the open University. He was called to the Bar in 1971 and has been in private practice since then. He took a year out to train as an actor with The Actors Company from 2005 – 2006. Since then he has appeared in a number of short films and plays, most recently in 2013 at the Bridewell Theatre as Dr Wickert in Abby Mann’s ‘Judgement at Nuremberg’ and the Arcola Studio as the Gaoler in Tilo ‘Ulbricht’s Conscience’. He has previously acted with KDC Theatre as Salter in Caryl Churchill’s ‘A Number’.

Carys BrehmeCarys Brehme
Carys is very excited to be making her first appearance with KDC Theatre Company in ‘What The Dickens?” Carys has always enjoyed playing diverse roles across a wide range of genres, from William Shakespeare to devised collaborations to create new plays. Originally from Dorset, Carys studied acting from a young age and attended University in Plymouth to achieve her degree in Theatre and Performance before making the move to the Big Smoke. Carys is particularly fond of playing ballsy females and in her spare time loves nothing more than watching a good old fashioned murder mystery.

Charlotte VassellCharlotte Vassell
This is Charlotte’s first production with KDC, having been cast solely on the merit of her hair. Previously she has hammed it up in horrendous student productions, butchering the English language here and there, but other than that she has done very little of artistic merit. Her only real competencies lie in cake  (Ingredients: 8oz butter, 8oz self-raising flour, 8oz castor sugar, vanilla essence, 4 eggs; result: half baked). In a past life Charlotte could have been Beyonce.

Chris DascalopoulosChris Dascalopoulos
This is Chris’ second play with KDC after moving to London last year, and he is happy to get his horror hat on and get stuck in. Previous roles include Hal in ‘Loot’, a very poetic poet in ‘Gormenghast’, a murderous Norfolk in ‘Richard III’ and Craig in ‘Love and Deceit’, where his alternative style of singing was put to good use. Chris will be appearing in ‘Butley’ later on this year, before having a well deserved rest.

Chris StookeChris Stooke
A genuinely scary stage favourite who comes with a parental guidance certificate, Chris Stooke (it rhymes with spook!) has also appeared in the KDC productions of ‘Dracula’ and the ghostly devised play ‘Visited’. Chris has also recently tried his hand at non frightening roles with South London Theatre and, many years ago, even musicals and pantomime.

Dawn Ray Hourigan
This is Dawn Ray Hourigan’s first outing on the London stage after training at Drama Centre London’s MA screen Acting. Originally Irish, she moved to London in 2011. Before this she completed a BA in Performance & Art in the  Netherlands and spent a year touring Holland, Belgium & Morocco with her graduation piece. Dawn is also a professional Quizmistress, known for her fierce brain straining and very shiny jacket. You can find her working pub quizzes around London.

Emily AmblerEmily Ambler
This is Emily’s first production with the KDC, having previously performed with The Tower Theatre Company in the productions ‘Smells of Wee’, ‘Terrorism’ and ‘Bloody Poetry’. Emily trained with Kate Marlow at The Actors Studio in Manchester and has since gone on to be a part of Commercials, TV, Theatre and Short Films.

Emily PorritEmily Porritt
This is Emily’s first KDC production since joining SEDOS almost a year ago. Since then she has been involved with ‘Gormenghast’, ‘Enron’ and the competition evening at The Bridewell theatre and has loved each experience. Now also being taken under the wing of KDC she looks forward to a cracking show before quietly leaving her future acting career to work abroad for five months!

Emma KnottEmma Knott
It’s been a few years since Emma acted with KDC and she’s somewhat distressed to find that she’s now eligible to play older ladies rather than young ones. On the plus side this collection of plays has allowed her to dust off one of her less used accents and put it to good use. Previous roles include egg-throwing Helen in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’,  tearful Olwen in ‘Dangerous Corner’ and  cake loving Lenny  in ‘Crimes of the Heart’. On the directing side of life Emma has taken on ‘The Libertine’, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and ‘The Lying Kind’. Back in the real world Emma works for a well known supermarket chain – she politely requests that you limit yourself to one complaint per conversation. Thank you.

Mark EwinsMark Ewins
Mark has been involved with KDC for 5 years playing numerous roles. He is pleased to be back at the Lion and Unicorn after last years production of ‘Dracula’. Mark is also involved with talented young musicians playing in the Camden Light Orchestra and sings in the acclaimed Sustain choir across various London venues. When not acting, singing or playing instruments, Mark can be found trying to stay afloat in the local pool, performing 3 jumps on the ice rink or cooking up a culinary storm……or doing his day job as a Food Technologist. Enjoy the show!

Paul GibbinsPaul Gibbins
Paul makes his first appearance for KDC after recently appearing in a Sedos production of ‘Autobahn’. He has also previously performed in Mamet and Brecht. Historically not a believer in the supernatural, Paul now questions everything and believes there may be method in his madness. Or the other way around…

Peter CabreraPeter Cabrera
As a result of a New Year’s resolution to do more acting, Peter appeared in KDC’s production of ‘The Tamer Tamed’ last year at the Lion and Unicorn, playing “the comic relief” Jacques. Subsequently, Peter appeared as Napoleon Bonaparte and the Lieutenant in ‘The Man of Destiny’ by G.B. Shaw at the Bridewell Theatre (swapping roles on alternate nights) as well as producing ‘Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You’ for KDC. This year, Peter played the Runner in ‘The 17 Greatest Dates of Matthew Reading’, an independently-produced feature film which premiered at The Riverside Studios in Hammersmith in the Summer. Since deciding to pursue a full-time career as an actor in August, Peter now works part-time in the City. He is also available for gardening work at a very reasonable rate if you need any done.

Sam SmullenSam Smullen
Sam crashed into the London amateur dramatic scene earlier this year as ‘Guy’ in the Bench Seat section of Sedos’ black-as-death summer comedy funfest ‘Autobahn’. In the past, he directed the disturbingly comic ‘The Pillowman’, and has even been known to type a couple of scripts here and there. In the world of normal people, he works in IT, making his brain a constant struggle between irreverent artist and nerdy computer guy.

William BaltynWilliam Baltyn
William has most recently played Prince Charles in ‘The War of the Waleses’ in London , Stratford and at the Edinburgh Fringe.  Other roles have included Konstantin Levin in ‘Anna Karenina’ and a surprising number of nameless parts such as ‘Father’, ‘Interviewer’, ‘Priest’, ‘Narrator’ or ‘Zookeeper’.  Having said that, when the characters ‘Leonard’ and ‘Colin’ are on offer, he counts his blessings.

Halloween Message from the Artistic Director

Hello KDC Theatre

Halloween is almost upon us. The season of dressing up in toilet roll and not opening the door to children comes round again, as it seems to do every year.

Last year we celebrated our first KDC Halloween with a production of a horror classic in the form of Dracula. We also reached out to our writers and set them a challenge: to devise/adapt/be inspired by a ghost story written by one of the greatest storytellers ever, Charles Dickens. The results were so fun to read, that we decided to take things a little further.

Taking eight of the scripts from last year, we have a fantastic season lined up. A special “event” called What The Dickens?

For two weeks we will be based at the Lion and Unicorn in Kentish Town, to bring you entertaining tales of spectral whimsy. The most exciting thing is that within this event there are TWO different shows to enjoy, playing on alternate nights.

Firstly, for the plays that have been adapted with that modern twist, we present “Twisted”, 5 short plays inspired by Dickens. From ghostly litigation, to creepy hoodies, to prams in graveyards, to meetings on trains to police interviews, these five rather different stories give a contemporary spin on the Victorian spook stories.

On our OTHER nights we have “The Bleakest House”,  in which a séance is disturbed by unknown elements. Three classic Charles Dickens stories, including the infamous Signal Man, invade this private parlour party to un-nerve these investigators of the otherworldly, all for your own entertainment.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, we have a SPECIAL booking offer!

Our standard ticket price is in effect of £12 per show, but if you book for BOTH shows, it will just cost you £20! Book now!

“Twisted” – The Modern Plays

29th Oct, 31st Oct, 2nd Nov, 6th Nov, 8th Nov at 7.30pm

“The Bleakest House” – The Victorian Plays

30th Oct, 1st Nov, 5th Nov, 7th Nov, 9th Nov at 7.30pm