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.

Cast announcement!

Our spring season auditions were a lot of fun, and we got to see so much great talent. Which makes our jobs that much harder when we have to pick from that many fantastic actors! But our directors managed and we can now announce our two casts –

The cast for The Bus:
David Lindley-Pilley
Jula Konieczny
Gabrielle Woolgar
Rex Lee
Sophie Martin
Nick Mouton
Julia Blyth
Kimberly Taylor
Jack Lupton

The cast for Slither:
Adela McBrine
Antonia Kasoulidou
Anuli Changa
Freddie Wride
Keir Pagett-Mills
Malavika Suresh
Sarah-Luna Ace
Sarah Jost

Congratulations to the casts and directors!

Slither plays 21 – 25 March at the Barons Court Theatre.
The Bus plays 28 March – 01 April at the Drayton Arms Theatre.

Tickets go on sale soon.

KDC’s 2023 Spring Season Launch

KDC invites you to our Season Launch. Meet the directors on 13 January.

Want to learn about our upcoming shows? Come along to KDC’s Season Launch at the new Theatre Deli Bar, at the Leadenhall space at 7pm on Friday 13 January 2023.

KDC Spring SEASON LAUNCH

Friday 13 January, 7 pm
Theatre Deli Leadenhall bar
107 Leadenhall St, London EC3A 4AF

Hear the directors speak about their productions and answer your questions. You can also talk to them about getting involved in other backstage ways.

Read the audition notices here.