Directing with KDC

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Open call for pitches

We’re currently seeking pitches for what our shows should be for the next year, starting with Autumn Season (September – November 2022). If you’re a budding director or a producer, read on and see if KDC might be a good place to hone your next project!

What we’re looking for

Fringey or contemporary or classical plays, or devised projects, that can be auditioned in September and presented in November (or auditioned January and presented in March, during Spring Season). Our spec is deliberately open. As we try to give opportunities for actors and directors t get involved in a range of work, we aim to do something known (a Shakespeare or classical or contemporary play) and something unknown (new writing or devised or obscure) each season. Please feel free to pitch multiple projects, it allows us more freedom to balance the season and makes more likely we can choose you. We would like to keep a fresh take on anything we do, so if you do pitch something that is very well known (eg Romeo & Juliet) then I would be particularly interested in what will make your production unique.

What we need from you

  • A motivated, creative, ambitious director
  • An interesting play or project that will be fun & fulfilling for cast & audience
  • A production team. I wouldn’t recommend pitching as a lone director – it can get quite lonely at the top. You should bring with you someone that can fill the role of Assistant Director, or Co-Director, or Producer, or Dramaturg, etc. or have a plan to fill a role like that before auditions, so that you don’t have to carry the show on your own.
  • A frugal and inventive use of budget (we are a charity!)

What we provide

  • Audition & rehearsal space (about 8 hours of rehearsal per week for 6-8 weeks)
  • Theatre hire for your performance week. We use a selection of theatres in Zone 1 & 2 in London, for example Lion & Unicorn Theatre (Kentish Town), Drayton Arms (South Kensington) and Barons Court Theatre (West Kensington) are all frequent haunts of ours. They are all pub theatres (ie spaces above or below a pub) that have an audience capacity of about 50.
  • Marketing on our email list, website, socials, etc. for audition and then later audience.
  • £400 show budget for props, costume, logistics etc.
  • Rights to the show if needed (copyrighted plays need rights, and these are not always available. Another reason why it is a good idea to pitch multiple shows)
  • A technician to run the show
  • Advice & support from KDC creative team

You don’t need experience per se but, if you have never directed before, then you should try to bring some experience on your production team. KDC can & will support you, but we have limited capacity.

If this all sounds like something you’re up for, send us your ideas using both forms below!

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What happens next

Pitches will close on 12 June 2022. Where possible, we interview everybody who applies.