Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina - Winter 2011

Anna Karenina by Helen Edmundson based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy
29 NOV – 1 DEC @ 7:30pm
2 DEC @ 7:00pm
3 DEC @ 2:30pm & 7:30pm£12/£8 Matinee and Cons
“…the dramatic economy of Jane-Eve Straughton’s direction…William Baltyn’s idealistic, fallible Levin, and Tui McLean’s magnetic, utterly convincing performance as Anna…a superb show…book your ticket now.” playstosee.com

Cast credits:

Anna Tui McLean
Dolly/Countess Vronsky/Ensemble Aruna Buchanan Brown
Princess Betsy/Agatha/Governess/Railway Widow/Nurse/Stiva’s Flusie/Ensemble Sarah Peachey
Kitty/Seriozha/Ensemble Stephanie Urquhart
Levin William Baltyn
Vronsky/Nikolai/Ensemble Robert Myles
Karenin/Priest/Ensemble Christopher Warren
Stiva/Petritsky/Ensemble Govind Hodgson
Muffled Figure/Bailiff/Ensemble Andrew Silverman

Production credits:

Director Jane-Eve Straughton
Assistant Director Helen Niland
Lighting Designer Thomas Mannings
Costume Supervisor Zoë Ashdown
Hair and Make-up Carrie Johnson
Sound Compilation Matthew Partridge
Sound Operator David Crackles
Stage Management Matthew Partridge & Kate O’Brien
Lighting Operators Isabel Eriksson & Agostina Califano
Lighting Technicians Isabel Eriksson, Agostina Califano & Andy Lee

Female Transport

Female Transport - Winter Season 2011

Female Transport by Steve Gooch
22 – 26 November 2011

 

Production Photos

Cast credits:

Captain Piers Burnell
Charlotte Holly McFarlane
Madge Niki Mylonas
Nance Teresa Joyce
Pitty Nichola Woolley
Sarah Becky Borland
Sarge Richard Williams
Surgeon James Steer
Tommy Tom King
Winnie Donna Easton

Production credits:

Director Nick Mouton
Assistant Director Bernie Higgins
Lighting Designer Robin Snowdon
Stage Manager Mauro Galluzzo
Assistant Stage Manager Alice Masson-Taylor
Lighting & Sound Operator Charlie Golding
Music Colin Guthrie & Matilda James
Costumes Zoë Ashdown & Nick Mouton
Stunt Co-ordinator Sean Croft
Photography Matt Matravers

Audition Notices – Winter 2011 Season

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina by Helen Edmundson based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy

Landor Theatre
29th November to 3rd December 2011

Cast size/Characters (names and ages):

4-5 M/4-5 F (there is some scope for flexibility in how the different roles are combined; below is a suggestion)

Female

Anna – 20s/30s
Princess Betsy, Agatha – age can be flexible
Dolly/Countess Vronsky/Stiva’s flusie – age can be flexible
Kitty/Seriozha – 20-30s (Kitty is 20s; Seriozha is a young boy – Anna’s son).
Governess, Railway Widow – age can be flexible

Male

Konstantin Levin – 20s/30s/40s (age can be fairly flexible)
Vronsky/Nikolai – 20s/30s/40s
Karenin/Priest – 30s/40s (age can be fairly flexible, but probably a little older than Anna, Levin and Vronsky)
Stiva/Bailiff – 30s/40s
Muffled Figure 1/Petritsky – age can be flexible
Peasants/Muffled Figures/Aristocrats – Played by Members of the Company

Synopsis

Based on Leo Tolstoy’s story of an adulterous affair between the wife of a St Petersburg bureaucrat and a Cavalry officer, this stage version pares the plot down to its essentials. It focuses on the contrasting experiences of Anna, the doomed heroine, and Konstantin Levin, the questing male conscience of the piece. Anna, tormented by jealousy, ostracised by society and forcibly estranged from her son, is unable to live and love freely and throws herself under a train in her despair; Levin, troubled by his own sexual appetite and horrified by the prospect of death, eventually learns to accept the realities of life, helped by the example of his practical wife. In the play, Anna and Levin are constantly present – maintaining an abstract dialogue with each other as their parallel stories unfold. Events of the plot are juxtaposed and intertwine.

Concept

We need fearless performers who are in it for the long haul and willing to try and fail and try again.

The piece demands real “teamwork” and imagination from the ensemble; actors taking more than one role will need to play various “types” in terms of personality, status, and age. They will also “create” features of the setting – eg the railway stations, the racecourse, even the train which kills Anna.

Several characters kiss and there are some scenes of a sexual nature, so actors need to be prepared for physical intimacy, though there will be no nudity.

Equally alarmingly for some… There will be some dancing and singing involved! The dancing is limited – one ball scene with a waltz and one sequence which might better be described as “stylised movement”. The ensemble will also sing a folk song – which is intended to sound rough and ready!

We’re aiming for abstract and “suggestive” sets, props, and costumes – using a simple “contemporary” style – rather than period furniture, gowns and uniforms. The focus should be on the actors’ performances, and especially on the intense dialogue between Anna and Levin, so we’ll be avoiding “historical” clutter – though we’re hoping to find ingenious ways of alluding to the late 19th century setting of the novel.

Female Transport

Female Transportby Steve Gooch

Landor Theatre
22nd to 26th November 2011

Female Characters

Winnie – 30s. Strong leader
Madge – Late 30s+. Oldest member of the group. Mother figure.
Nance – 20s/30s. Fiery troublemaker.
Pitty – 18 – 20. Vulnerable.
Sarah – 20s. Approachable but has a bit of a bite to her.
Charlotte – 20s/30s. Strong willed.

Male Characters

Tommy – 18 – early 20s. Shy & naive.
Sarge – 30s+. Vile bully.
Surgeon – late 20s+. Intelligent & shallow.
Captain – 20s+. Selfish.

Synopsis

This stark drama is an account of six women convicted of petty crimes in 19th century London and sentenced to be transported to a life of hard labour in Britain’s overseas penal colony in Australia. During their six-month voyage they are kept in a cramped cell below deck where the women gradually learn certain truths about society and themselves.

Concept

This is a fantastic ensemble piece with strong character work. Actors can really get their teeth into the parts and help each other develop relationships on the stage.

There are some restrictions within the casting though as I’d be looking for actors and actresses with English regional accents. The way the play is written, and the period in which it is set, these are characters who pick up on all sorts of flaws and traits to mock and ridicule others. There is no mention about accents.

There will be some singing needed by the girls, but you won’t need to be pitch perfect! There are also some fight scenes and physically demanding scenarios. There will also be a bit of kissing – but not between the female characters!

The stage with be fairly sparse and most of the actress will have to be on stage for the length of the play. The costumes and props will be close to period but not too much so that audience is distracted from the acting.

Requests

For the music, I’m looking for someone who can help me create a tune from scratch but also record a variety of versions of the song ‘Botany Bay’.

Talking Heads

Talking Heads by Alan Bennett

Landor Theatre
6th to 10th December 2011

Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads offer a wonderful opportunity for four actors to take control of the stage, engage one to one with the audience and create some of the best loved characters written for the stage.

Bennett is a true master of the monologue and with his help you will have the audience laughing and crying, often at the same time!

The pieces are to be presented in repertory, with the first pair performed on Tuesday and Thursday, the second pair on Wednesday and Friday with a final marathon performance of all four on the Saturday evening.

Characters

F 3, M 1

Graham – A mild middle-aged man
Susan – An early middle-aged vicar’s wife
Irene Ruddock – An ordinary middle-aged woman
Lesley – In her early thirties

A Chip in the Sugar
Graham, a middle-aged bachelor, emotionally retarded and chronically dependent on his mother, finds life difficult enough at the best of times. When Mother meets an old flame and seems set to marry him, however, Graham’s old insecurities rear their ugly heads again. Fate, eventually, rescues Graham and he resumes his normal life of banal muddle under his mother’s amnesiac tyranny.

Bed Among the Lentils
Susan is a failure when it comes to jam-making and flower-arranging and isn’t at all sure about God; how unfortunate for her that she is married to Geoffrey, a popular and respected vicar who treats her in an intensely patronizing manner and expects her to conform to her role as vicar’s wife. A bleakly hilarious, dark and painful monologue, packed with insights and sparkling satire.

A Lady of Letters
Miss Ruddock writes letters — not, unfortunately, social communications filled with harmless news, but letters of complaint, comment and, occasionally, officious praise to various businesses and government departments. She complains about the lack of care she assumes the child living opposite is receiving and ends up in prison. There, ironically, Miss Ruddock finds freedom and is, for possibly the first time, happy.

Her Big Chance
Meet Lesley, an actress. She has just completed a video (‘targeted chiefly on West Germany’) in which she plays Travis, a career girl who enjoys life, spends a remarkable amount of time topless and shoots a man with a harpoon gun. She tells all, blind to the sinister undertones of her story as well as to her own self-delusions and gullibility.

Acting with KDC

Acting for KDC is open to anyone, irrespective of age and experience. Some of our members have had a formal dramatic training while others may never have been on stage before. Most often our members have acted at school or university before coming to London, starting work and finding that they aren’t performing any more and want to do something about it. That’s where we can help.

There are 6 performances for each play from Tuesday to Saturday night plus a matinee on Saturday afternoon.

Auditions take place on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings after the Newcomers meeting.  Keep an eye on the Acting page for more details.  Directors will normally outline the content of their auditions at the Newcomers meeting, but typically we do not require audition pieces.  Auditions are free to attend.

Callbacks are held on the Saturday at the end of the audition week. The director will notify you if you are required for a callback, but if they loved you first time round that may not be necessary.

Rehearsals

We have 3 rehearsal slots per week but obviously you may not be called for every night.  These are held at various central locations in London.

On Mondays and Wednesdays we rehearse from 7:00pm to 9:30pm and on Sundays we rehearse either from 1:00pm to 5:00pm or from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Nights Dream - Summer 2011A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare

Barons Court Theatre
26th to 30th July 2011

“…original, energetic and enjoyable.” remotegoat.co.uk

Production credits:

Director/Choreographer
Simon Mathis 

Lighting
Isabel Eriksson

Stage Manager
Steph Urqhart & Tracie Laurinaitis

Costumes
Adele Mathis & Simon Mathis

Props
Norman Mathis & Sarah Heenan

Music
Blackmore’s Night & Nox Arcana

Music Editing
Rebecca Mathis

Artwork
Lucy Walker

Photography
Abbie Murison

Cast credits:

Oberon/Thesues
Charlie Golding

Titania/Hippolyta
Lex Lake

Egeus
Justin Cavell

Puck
Dominic Spillane

Peaseblossom
Helen Jackson

Cobweb
Lindsey Lubkey

Mustardseed
Becca Adams

Hermia
Carrie Johnson

Helena
Anna Brooks-Beckman

Lysander
Neil Forster

Demetrius
Robert Timbrell

Bottom
Eddie Register

Quince
Sarah Heenan

Snout
Dawn Williams

Flute
Mark Ewins

Snug
Tracey Pocock

Summers Gone

Summers Gone - Summer 2011Summers Gone
by Jacqui Adarns, Lily Ann Green, Sarah Heenan, Andy Marchant, Andy Moseley, Adarn Moulder, Sandy Nicholson, Hilary Spiers & Kirstie Swain

Barons Court Theatre
19th to 23rd July 2011

KDC New Writing

Production credits:

Director
Andy Marchant

Assistant Director
Adam Moulder

Stage Manager
Matthew Partridge

Lighting
Isabel Eriksson

Sound Design
James Steer

Rehearsal Photos
Carl Fletcher

Dress Rehearsal Photos
Claire Collins

Cast credits:

Sam
Sarah Lowes

Ollie
Martin Shaw

Sylvie
Annie Greenslade

Jen
Tanya Jewth

Andy
Neil Ballinger

Summer
Sophie Head

Norman
Howie Ripley

Tim
Carl Fletcher

Charlie
Wayil Eisa

Steve
Roderick D Morgan

Ellie
Jennifer Langan

Sasha
Kirstie Swain

Dean
Nick Dastoor

Pete
Dean Brown

Cab Ride

Cab Ride - Spring 2011Cab Ride
by Nick Mouton

Barons Court Theatre
5th to 9th April 2011

“…a very strong production.”remotegoat.co.uk

KDC New Writing

Production credits:

Director
James Steer

Assistant Director
Gundega Lapsa

Lighting
Andy Marchant

Cast credits:

Richard
Arthur Zacharais

Tom
Yasir Senna

Alice
Denna Giddons

Susan
Jenny Kilcast

Demolition in Progress

Demolition in Progress - Spring 2011Demolition in Progress
by Kirstie Swain

Barons Court Theatre
5th to 9th April 2011

KDC New Writing

Production credits:

Director
Chloe Moffat

Assistant Director
Victor Craven

Stage Manager
Kiera Newmark

Lighting
Andy Marchant

Cast credits:

Marie
Caitlin Homes

Billie
Clive Eliot

Jamie
Ronan Fitzgerald

Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange - Spring 2011A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess

Barons Court Theatre
12th to 16th April 2011

“…bristles with energy…powerfully played…”londonist.com

Production credits:

Director
Duncan Moore

Assistant Director
Anna Marx

Musical Director
Holly Harris

Stage Manager
David Balfour

Lighting and Sound Operator
Sally Wilkes

Combat Consultant
Christopher Main

Props
Stewart Moore

Music
Ludwig van Beethoven

Original Music
Morag Galloway

Cast credits:

Neil Ballinger
Aruna Buchanan Brown
Piers Burnell
Nathalie Codsi
Neil Forster
Charles Golding
Holly Harris
Sarah Heenan
Helen Jackson
Kate Moore
Nick Mouton
Lucy Pope
Vicky Taylor

She Ventures and He Wins

She Ventures and He Wins - Spring 2011She Ventures and He Wins
by “Ariadne”

Barons Court Theatre
29th March to 2nd April 2011

Production credits:

Director
Jane-Eve Straughton

Assistant Director
Helen Niland

Musical Accompaniment
Beverly Green

Stage Manager
Matthew Partridge

Costume Supervisor
Zöe Ashdown

Costume & Prop Assistant/Assistant Stage Manager
Stephanie Laing & Alex Berry

Props Maker
Sotira Styllis

Lighting
Sanda Mocanu & Isabel Eriksson

Cast credits:

Charlotte
Lisa Moore

Juliana
Lauren Conlon

Bellasira
Sophie Powling

Urania
Alexandra Hedges

Beldam
Tracey Pocock

Dowdy
Carrie Johnson

Doll
Rachel Page

Lovewell
Alex Bennett

Sir Charles
Dominic Spillane

Sir Roger
William Baltyn

Freeman
Nick Dastoor

Squire Wouldbe
Douglas Baker