You spoke: our Full Stack theme for 2021

The results are in! This year’s Full Stack theme will be Obsession. Many thanks for all the suggestions, and congrats to the winning theme – read on for all the information on Full Stack 2021.

We’re looking for short scripts in any genre for an anthology show in the summer, so get your thinking caps on.

The full brief for submissions is as follows:

Theme: Obsession

Mandatory prop to use / mention: bottle of cheap wine

The format for Full Stack is designed to encourage simplicity and efficiency of storytelling, so submissions need to:

  • Be no longer than 4 sides of A4 paper (ie. about 8 minutes)
  • Have no more than 3 actors needed
  • Include your name & date written

Your script can be shorter than 4 pages, and/or have more than 3 characters (as long as 3 actors can portray them all). You can submit as many scripts as you like!

Please send your scripts to newwriting@kdctheatre.com, by 26 March. Happy writing!

More information

For more information on Full Stack and the anthology show, visit our Full Stack page. For more information on our new writing opportunities, visit our New Writing page. You can also send our New Writing Coordinator a message via our contact form.

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Radio plays taped

Our recording days early this month went off without (much-of) a hitch and our wonderful casts got to meet for the first time, lay down their “sick vocals”, and retreat back into the depths of lockdown. Completely by chance our recording days fell on the 2-week thread-the-needle period between lockdowns, but we’re very grateful to have gathered however briefly to make something tangible. Our production teams for Seeds and The Mistress of the Inn are now busy editing, we’ll have something shiny to present to you real soon. Here are a few photos to whet your appetite!

KDC’s New Writing Group is here!

Always wanted to write but never knew where to start? Folder full of plays in progress but stuck on how to finish them? Feeling like your work doesn’t get picked to be staged? Looking for a supportive group of other writers to motivate you?

KDC Theatre’s New Writing Group aims to do all of that, and more. Consisting of 5 monthly working sessions, the programme focuses on 4 things:

  1. Develop existing work further
  2. Inspire new writing through exercises and briefs (sometimes with actors!)
  3. Teach writing techniques and dramaturgy
  4. Provide a support network of other writers

Applications are now open

The New Writing Group is an online programme so writers from across the world can join. The sessions will be supported by a closed Facebook group where writers can talk to each other, KDC Theatre will set small challenges and share news, and discuss the previous and next sessions.

The season culminates in a rehearsed readings night, where each writer will be able to showcase a piece of their own choosing.

The New Writing Group will meet on Saturdays at 7-9pm GMT (London time) on the following dates:

23 January 2021
20 February 2021
20 March 2021
24 April 2021
22 May 2021
26 June 2021
(rehearsed readings night)

The New Writing Group is open to 10 writers via a short application process. Please go HERE for more information and the application form.

Taster session

Not sure yet if you want to join the full programme? KDC Theatre will run an open taster session on 12 December 2020 that will touch on some of the topics that will be part of the programme’s workshops.

The taster session is open to all and just requires a sign-up so we know where to send the login details to. Please go HERE for all the information and to sign up.

Date: 12 December
Time: 7-9pm GMT (London, UK time)
Location: Zoom (link will be shared after sign-up)

This is a free session.

Autumn 2020 casts

Congratulations to our casts for our Autumn 2020 radio play season, and thanks to all those that auditioned.

Seeds, by Donna Hoke

Marjorie – Freya Thomas
Josephine – Emma Robson
Aiden – James Cross
Alice – Simona Hughes
Kay – Jacky Rowland

Mirandolina, or The Mistress of the Inn, by Carlo Goldoni

Mirandolina – Kritika Singh
Captain – Teklė Baroti
Count – Alex Waddington
Marquis – Linda Large
Fabrizio – Keshav Mudgal
Servant – Ben Leitch

Looking for a way to beat the winter blues?

Find out the top reasons to sign up for KDC’s Building Blocks: Devising & Improvisation, and get your spot at the 20 October Taster Session.

Building Blocks 1: Devising & Improvisation is an 8-week course introducing key concepts and tools, such as improvising, creating character, working with and developing source material to produce scenes.

We are holding a Taster Session, Tuesday 20 October 6.30 – 8.30 pm online, and have a limited number of places available.

Sign up now to get your spot at the Taster Session.

View the full details here.

The course will run every Tuesday from 27 October to 15 December with a showcase in the new year.

KDC is kicking off its new course!

Building Blocks 1: Devising & Improvisation is an 8-week course introducing key concepts and tools.

Building Blocks 1: Devising & Improvisation is an 8-week course introducing key concepts and tools, such as improvising, creating character, working with and developing source material to produce scenes.

The course will run every Tuesday from 27 October to 15 December with a showcase in the new year.

To register for the taster session on 6.30 – 8.30 pm, Tuesday 20 October or for the full Building Blocks Course, fill out this form.

Check out the full details here.

The Audition Notices are Up

Ahead of next week’s auditions for the KDC Autumn Season, we’re pleased to share the Audition Notices, hot off the press and ready for your reading pleasure.

Hot off the press!

Ahead of next week’s auditions for the KDC Autumn Season, we’re pleased to share the Audition Notices, hot off the press and ready for your reading pleasure.

SEEDS

BY DONNA HOKE, DIRECTED BY SARAH BEEBE

Click here to read the Seeds Audition Notice

Mirandolina

BY CARLO GOLDONI, DIRECTED BY IACOPO FARUSI & LETICIA TEXIDOR

Click here to read the Mirandolina Audition Notice

Where do I sign up?

All the dates and registration links are below. If you’ve got any questions, come along to the interactive Season Launch and put this season’s directors on the hot seat. We’ll be sharing a bit more about our concept season and you’ll get a taste of what being involved in the season will be like. (Yes that means games as well as chat – so put a nice shirt on, grab a drink and be ready!)

Season Launch
MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2020 FROM 19:00-20:15

Audition Dates
TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER FROM 18:45-21:00
WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER FROM 18:45-21:00

Register for the online Autumn Season Launch
Sign up for auditions here

KDC Autumn 2020 Season Launch

You are invited!

This year our Season Launch and our Auditions for the Autumn Season are going online. We have two fabulous productions for you to get involved in. ‘But how CAN you make theatre in this restricted world of ours?’ I hear you ask. Well, come along to the season launch and we’ll tell you.

Prepare to forget we’re not all together in a pub as KDC gets up close and personal (online). As well as answering your usual questions – “What’s the show and what is my part?”- we’ll be testing the limits of socially distanced socialising. [Read: cameras on and be ready for anything.]

What’s on the agenda?
– Breakout room silliness.
– Hear from the directors of our Autumn Season shows
– Ask them as many questions as you like.

Season Launch timings: MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2020 FROM 19:00-20:15

Register to come along to the online Autumn Season Launch

Want to book in for the auditions as well? Here’s the info you’ll need.

Audition Dates
TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER FROM 18:45-21:00
WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER FROM 18:45-21:00

Sign up for auditions here.

It’s Autumn 2020 KDC Audition Time

Audition Dates:
TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER FROM 18:45-21:00 ; WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER FROM 18:45-21:00

This year our auditions take place on two nights. You can audition for both shows by attending on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening.


Audition Dates
TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER FROM 18:45-21:00
WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER FROM 18:45-21:00


AGENDA
Introduction and set up: 18:45 – 19:00
Audition slot 1: 19:00 – 20:00
Audition slot 2: 20:00 – 21:00

To register for auditions, click here.

The recalls will be by invitation only on Sunday 11 October.

You can find out about the shows here:

SEEDS

BY DONNA HOKE, DIRECTED BY SARAH BEEBE

Mirandolina

BY CARLO GOLDONI, DIRECTED BY IACOPO FARUSI & LETICIA TEXIDOR

The audition notices for each show will be posted very soon…

For more details, come along to the KDC Season Launch on MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2020 FROM 19:00-20:15

Register to come along to the online Autumn Season Launch

Callout for directors or scripts

KDC does audio!

In the coming season we would like to explore radio plays, and the magic that can be made once you close your eyes. Join us in creating aural wonderlands from talented voice actors and inventive sound effects.

We are looking for…
Writers

We want to hear from writers who have a script that they would like produced, you don’t have to have a production team organised, bring us an appropriate script and we can find you a director.

Directors

We also are looking for directors who want to direct an audio-only play, bring us your ideas and/or a script that you would want to produce. (for example, the BBC have a list of available scripts). We would also like to involve live foley sound to support the atmosphere you create, so, be ambitious! This is your chance to travel to impossible locations or present un-theatre-friendly genres.

Microphone and mixing desk

We’re looking for something around about an hour in length, that requires no more than 5 actors. (though shorter could also work and be doubled with something else). We see the play being rehearsed through October, mostly remotely, eventually getting together in November (in an appropriately virus-careful way) in a theatre space to record/stream the performance. We will provide the equipment & technical support to do the recording.

The turnaround is going to be tight! Get in touch with your ideas by 27 August, we wanna get started as soon as we can!