Autumn season 2023 auditions

Announcing auditions for actors for our autumn productions!

We have two shows in autumn 2023, and you can audition for both on the same day!

Hamlet: A Chamber Play
Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Karack Osborn
Staged at Barons Court Theatre from 14 to 18 November 2023
Audition notice

Hans, The Witch and The Gobbin
Written by Alan Cullen
Directed by Gabriella Guymer-Davies
Staged at Barons Court Theatre from 21 to 25 November 2023
Audition notice

Auditions are free and open to all. Please pick one of the dates to attend and read the audition notices carefully to prepare.

Don’t forget to fill out the audition form before you audition!

Dates: Tues 12 or Wed 13 September 2023 (please choose one of these dates to attend)
Time: 6.45pm welcome and registration to ~10pm
Location: Theatre Deli Leadenhall, 107 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 4AF, London

Recalls by invitation are Sat 16 September, 12-4 at Theatre Deli Leadenhall.

If you’d like to hear the directors speak about their productions and ask them any questions, you can meet them at the KDC Autumn Season Launch on Monday 11 September, 7.30pm at the Theatre Deli Leadenhall bar. You can also talk to them about getting involved in other backstage ways.

We look forward to seeing you there!

KDC Theatre Awards & Cabaret 2023

Please join us for the second annual KDC Awards Nights on Friday 1 September, 8pm. We’ll be handing out awards, getting together with casts form the past year, and generally having a good old time!

Bored of the same-old standard awards categories? Us too. Rather than best actor, best director etc, we’re opting for awards that recognise some great moments in each show from the past year. You can vote right now, using this form and the winners will be recognised on the night!

Featuring some familiar KDC faces from the last year, the night is an excuse to remember some of your favourite moments from each show. If you’ve been involved in – or have seen – a KDC show in the last year, come along to cheer on the nominees as we celebrate a fabulous time spend making some great theatre together.

Venue: The top floor @ The Castle, 44 Commercial Road, London E1 1LN

Tickets: £9

Call time: 8pm

Your entrance: Arrival bubbles (on us)

Dress code: Up to you of course, but we’ll be dressed to the nines

Awards ceremony: From 8.30pm, with an interval

Post awards: Dancing and drinks till the early hours- same venue

FAQs

What’s the vibe?  Irreverent, informal with a touch of glamour.

Who will be there?  Cast, crew and KDC-ers new and old.

Do I have to be a member of KDC or have been in a show in the last year to come?  Not at all. Everyone’s welcome. Come with your friends, former cast mates or just come by yourself to get to know KDC- we’re a friendly bunch. Plus ones welcome.

Should I eat beforehand?  Yes, if you think you’ll be hungry. If you forget to eat earlier and fancy ordering takeout later in the night to the dance floor, that’s A-OK with the venue.

Will there be awards for best actor, director, etc?  We thought about this for a minute but we’re not really looking to judge our wonderful cast, creatives and crew. Look out for awards categories that celebrate the love and sweat that goes into each show.

Will there be any performances from shows I’ve missed on the night?  There might be, yes…

What does the ticket cost cover?  Welcome drinks and the costs of putting on the event.

Notice of the KDC Theatre AGM 2023

NOTICE IS GIVEN that an Annual General Meeting of KDC Theatre will be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 9 August 2023 at Theatre Deli, 107 Leadenhall St, London EC3A 4AF, to transact the following business:

AGENDA

  1. Reports and accounts
  • Introduction and verbal report from the Chair, Sarah Dobson.
  • Verbal report from the Artistic Director, Saskia van ‘t Hoff.
  • Verbal report from the Treasurer, Hugo Wilson, alongside the accounts for the year ending 31 July 2023.
  1. Member proposed resolutions

Details of any proposed resolutions will be made available. Proposed resolutions should be sent to the Secretary by 11pm on 5 August 2023. If applicable, a revised agenda will be issued prior to the AGM. 

NB. Proposed resolutions may be submitted by full members of KDC by emailing helen@kdctheatre.com with the subject line “Proposed Resolution”.  Find out who is a full KDC member here.

  1. Appointment of charity trustees

Nominations are required for the following officers: Chair, Artistic Director, Treasurer. 

Nominations for all trustees, including non-officers, must be received by 11pm on 5 August 2023. 

UPDATE: Due to technical issues with the nominations form, nominations are extended to 11pm on 8 August 2023.

NB Details of how to make a nomination are available from the KDC website (click here).

  1. Appointment of non-trustees to specified roles to assist in the running of the charity

Nominations of non-trustees to specified roles to assist in the running of the charity must be received by 11pm on 5 August 2023. 

NB Details of how to make a nomination are available from the KDC website (click here).

  1. Any other business

To deal with any matters raised at the meeting.

On behalf of the Board of charity trustees,

Helen Dickens

Secretary

KDC Theatre

RSVP

We would love to see you at the AGM! This is your chance to grill the committee, hear about our progress over the last year and (if you’re a member of KDC Theatre) vote in committee members. Please let us know if you can join us:

Want to be part of the best committee in town?

Can you make KDC Theatre even better? We need new committee members with the enthusiasm, passion and a small amount of time to help us do more of what we do best!

If you’d like to join our friendly committee and you’ve been involved in KDC in the last year, your friendly KDC Secretary can help you with that. Email helen@kdctheatre.com for a chat ahead of the AGM.

KDC members can nominate and be nominated for committee positions at https://www.kdctheatre.com/committee/.

Details of committee positions are here.

A Package Deal

Join KDC Theatre in our 7th annual new writing anthology, and experience a collection of stories about a mysterious package sent by Charlie. Everything from poorly planned prison break outs and intergalactic missions, to ex-boyfriends and moments of intergenerational connection; come along to find out… what’s in the box?

Our summer show, “A Package Deal” presents 6 new short plays by 6 different writers, the 2023 winners in KDC Theatre’s annual new writing competition.

27 June – 1 July 2023, 7:30pm
Hen & Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2NA

CAST AND CREW

Cast

Sanhita Athalye
Vincent Bakare
Labrini Balomenou
Mhairi Boyle
Rachel Brown
Laurence Childs
Peadar Donnelly
Honor Leveson Gower
Kelsey McOwat
Esme Niblett
Nathan Paul-Collis
Gabriel Romero Day
Adam Stockley
Toni Tobi-Lawal

Writers: Chelyn Cousar, Beth Dickens Assaf, Pamela Kingsley, Maya Owen, Matthew Partridge, Chris Stooke.

Directors: Elshadai Biru, Anna Markland, Zora Owen, Linda Reddy, Ayan Said, Lauren Stevens, Lena Sami.

WRITING COMPETITION

The Full Stack project is KDC Theatre’s annual new writing competition and show. Each year we set a brand new brief, and invite writers to submit new short plays. The winning entries are honed into a one-of-a-kind intertwined production, with a group of actors, directors and writers collaborating to bring the theme to life.

The Bus returns

On Thursday 8th June, KDC Theatre’s production of the The Bus (Drayton Arms Theatre, 2023) returns for a one-night only performance in London before going on tour in Sofia, Bulgaria later this year. 

“Citizens! I ask you… Where are we going?”

When the timetable of our lives falls to pieces, how will we choose to conduct ourselves? On a frosty evening in late autumn, nine characters unsuspectingly board an ordinary bus that ought to take them to the city centre, as it always has. Their beloved Driver has something else in mind.

KDC Theatre presents The Bus, an absurdist comedy about resigning oneself to a higher power, from the mind of one of Bulgaria’s most celebrated playwrights: Stanislav Stratiev.

Please note: This performance is in English only.

Thursday 8th June

Bulgarian Cultural Institute, 188 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5HL

Cast:
David Lindley-Pilley – REASONABLE
Sophie Martin – ALDOMIROVTSI
Kim Taylor – GIRL IN LOVE
Jack Lupton – BOY IN LOVE
Jula Konieczny – UNREASONABLE
Rex Lee – VIRTUOSO
Julia Blyth – WOMAN
Nick Mouton – MAN
Gabrielle Woolgar – IRRESPONSIBLE

Trigger warnings: Physical violence

KDC’s 2023 Summer Season Launch

Want to learn about KDC Theatre and our upcoming Summer Season show, A Package Deal? Come along to KDC’s Season Launch at the Theatre Deli Leadenhall Bar at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd May 2023.

KDC SUMMER SEASON LAUNCH

Tuesday 2nd May 2023, 7pm
Theatre Deli Leadenhall bar
107 Leadenhall St, London EC3A 4AF

Hear the showrunner and directors talk about the production and answer your questions. You can also find out more about getting involved with KDC Theatre, including backstage roles.

No need to book a ticket or let us know in advance. Feel free to come along and meet the team!

Summer season 2023 auditions

Announcing auditions for our summer production!

Our 7th annual Full Stack show will be staged at Hen & Chickens Theatre from 27 June to 01 July 2023.

The winning plays of our writing competition will be staged by our directors, in an anthology show of short plays about a mysterious package sent by a character called Charlie. Each play will feature a story inspired by the package, Charlie’s letter, and the relationships that surround it, but we never get to meet Charlie themselves.

For more information, check out the audition notice here: A Package Deal

Auditions are free and open to all. Please pick one of the dates and read the audition notice to prepare.

Don’t forget to fill out the audition form before you audition!

Dates: 9 and 10 May 2023
Time: 19:00-21:30
Location: Theatre Deli, 107 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 4AF (near Bank or Liverpool St station)

Recalls by invitation on 13 May, 11:00-15:00, Theatre Deli.

We look forward to seeing you there!

When it Hits the Air: An Evening with KDC Theatre’s New Writers


The terror. The excitement! THE ANTICIPATION! These are the things going through a writer’s head when that thing they wrote is read out loud, in an actual theatre. Come and support the new cohort of KDC Theatre’s New Writing Group in their creative exploits with an evening of rehearsed readings that celebrate all manner of creations and experimentations. Be surprised and entertained by new plays written by the next generation of playwrights – and be the very first to hear them!

There’s no telling how this will turn out, because when it hits the air, it’s an entirely different story.

Run time

Appr. 70-80 minutes, no interval
Saturday 29 April, 7pm
Tickets £5

Ticket link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/kdctheatre/896914

Age restrictions
14+

Cast list
Eloise McCreedy
Peadar Donnelly
Stephen Grist
Ahmet Cakir
Clive Moffatt
Simran Dhadda
Benjamin Gustilo
Stephen Reimer
Delaney Conway
Hülya Corty
Lorna Miri

Creatives list
Featuring the writings of Paul White, Anie Hu, Chris Stooke, Honor Leveson Gower, Elshadai Tesfaye, Arthur Pierce, Lauren Page, Natasha Porcella, Matthew Partridge, and Will Bird

Produced by Matthew Partridge and Stephen Reimer.

Directed by Arthur Pierce, Chris Stooke, Anie Hu, Matthew Partridge, and Elshadai Tesfaye

Special thanks to KDC Theatre’s New Writing Development Group co-convenor Rachael Carnes.

It’s show time …

KDC’s Spring Season shows kick off on 21 March with Slither at Barons Court Theatre, and The Bus from 28 March at Drayton Arms Theatre

Get tickets ⬇

Slither
21 – 25 March 2023
Barons Court Theatre

The Bus
28 March – 01 April 2023
Drayton Arms Theatre

Calling all beginner directors

Come learn the craft in KDC’s Full Stack this Summer

If you’ve wanted to try your hand at directing, KDC is on the look out for up to 5 new directors to help bring our Full Stack summer show to life. You can have limited or even no prior experience – this is a chance to practice with a friendly, supportive group on shorter (around 10-15 minutes) new writing pieces. Want to find out more? Contact anna@kdctheatre.com by 24 March.