The Tamer Tamed – Audition Notice

3rd to 7th April 2012 (performances on Good Friday and Easter Saturday)

Director: Matthew Partridge

The Tamer Tamed - Spring 2012The Tamer Tamed is the sequel to Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew – where the women get their revenge on the newly remarried Petruchio.

Written by John Fletcher, the Bard’s collaborator on Henry VIII, Two Noble Kinsman and (the lost) Cardenio, the play combines moments of high and low comedy with some powerful speeches in this timeless tale about the battle of the sexes and who really comes out on top.

The production will be set in London in the early 1920s, at the start of a revolution in gender relations. Although it was an era of servants and “imperious husbands”, it was also a time of the flappers and making a statement.

The fourteen strong cast is split evenly between men and women, with three out of the five largest roles (including the lead) going to women.

Women

Maria – (Playing age 25-35).  Petruchio’s new wife. Unafraid to use all the weapons at her disposal in order to tame him.
Livia – (20-25).  Maria’s sister. Conservative and down-to-earth, although independent enough to reject her father’s preferred suitor Gremio.
Katherine – (25-35). Petruchio’s late wife. Appears at the start, middle and the end. Doubles as a servant.
Bianca – (25-35).  Katherine’s sister. Plays a key role in supporting Maria’s rebellion and in helping Livia outwit Gremio and Petronius.
Country Wife + City Wives 1 & 2 – Any age. Participants in the women’s rebellion. Will also be required to double as Druggist, First Watch and Second Watch respectively.

Men

Petruchio – (Playing age 30-40). Maria’s husband. His reputation as a “wife-tamer” belies the fact that he really wants a quiet life.
Roland – 15-20. Livia’s young lover and Gremio’s rival. Impetuous, immature and emotional.
Petronius – 40-60. Maria and Livia’s father. Curmudgeonly, authoritarian, and disgusted at his daughters’ behaviour and the men’s inability to control them.
Tranio – 25-40. A former servant who is now a minor gentleman. Kind-hearted fellow who works with Bianca to unite Livia and Roland.
Gremio – 30-45. A wealthy merchant friend of Petruchio who wishes to marry Livia, even though she finds him creepy.
Jaques and Pedro – Any age. Petruchio’s servants. Fierecly loyal to their master. Jaques is the more senior.

War of the Waleses – Audition Notice

10th to 14th April 2012 (cast required over Easter weekend)

Director: Sarah Heenan

War of the Waleses - Spring 2012Presented as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project.

By Sarah Heenan, Alan Maddrell and Andy Marchant

It is 1992, The Queen is about to deliver her now infamous Annus Horribilis speech, although it is not mentioned publicly at this point, the Queen must know that in two weeks’ time her Prime Minister, John Major, will announce the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

This tale of political intrigue, a crisis of succession and the manipulation of the press ends in May 1997, with the election of a new Prime Minister and the old establishment toppled. The script has been created from interviews, news reports and Hansard, interspersed with some imagined scenes.

Please Note: No real-life character will be cast based on how they actually look or sound (e.g. you don’t have to be tall and blond to play Diana) the closest we will get in terms of characterisation is in adopting one or two physical gestures/vocal qualities.

Drawing upon Shakespearian performance values, we will break the fourth wall and talk to our audience directly, set and props will be limited and costume will be your own best clothes (with a few exceptions). We will use sound and projected images to reflect the media war, but the spoken word and connection with the audience with remain paramount.

Main Characters (Approx. 6F 6M depending on split of roles)

Royals

Queen (F) The archetype of calm, quiet and thoroughly British authority. A consummate professional and the head of The Firm.
Diana (F) A compelling, yet curiously shy character, cheeky and flirtatious. Speaks slowly, haltingly and from the heart. (20s-30s)
Charles (M) A thoughtful, beleaguered man, perpetually confused by the modern world.
Sarah (F) To double with other roles
Camilla (F) To double with other roles
Royal aides/Bodyguard (M/F)

Politicians

Major (M) This play’s ‘Old King’ character. Referred to throughout the script as ‘Honest John’.
Blair (M) We see Blair on his 1995-1997 ascendant,
Smith (M) Major’s adversary (to double with other roles)
Brown (M) Scottish accent required (to double with other roles)
Various Labour and Tory politicians (M/F)

Press – the press scenes reflect on the impact of royalty and government on the people
Magnate (M/F) A Falstaffian character, understands the machinations of the press intimately.
Pap (M)- to double with other roles. Conniving paparazzo. (Stage fighting experience preferred)
Broadsheet (M/F)- to double with other roles
Trueprint (M/F)- to double with other roles
Editor/Voice of the BBC (F) A warm, calm, measured voice, think Charlotte Green or Moira Stuart, will read out news reports of the day/set the scene. May also perform the play’s prologue.

Due to the scope of the play, some doubling will be required, but all cast will have at least one core role and plenty to get their teeth stuck into in terms of characterisation and lines.

New Year Message from the Chair

Happy new year from all of us on the KDC Committee to all of you in KDC we’re committed to!

A reminder from me that the Newcomers meeting for our forthcoming Spring Season will be on Thursday 19th January at 7pm at the Melton Mowbray in Holborn.

Come and join us! Tell your friends! Tell anyone you know who wants to act on/add on that New Year Resolution to “DO MORE STUFF”

It’s a great chance to meet the committee and, most importantly, to learn more about this seasons shows; Measure for Measure, The Tamer Tamed and War of the Waleses. You will get the chance to hear from, and fire questions at, our three directors, Jacqui Adams, Matthew Partridge and Sarah Heenan, and be able to meet up with old friends/make new friends.

Obviously this isn’t exclusive to new members. KDC Theatre is all about keeping our productions as fresh and exciting as possible for our familiar faces, as well as thriving on the enthusiasm of new faces.

So if you’ve never been to a KDC Event before, or have mates who are looking to get involved in something new but just weren’t sure when, or if you’re a familiar face to us lot, then come along and find out more!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Andy Marchant

KDC Chair – resolving to lose weight after all that turkey…

Newcomers Spring 2012

Spring Season 2012 Newcomers is at The Melton Mowbray on Thursday 19 January at 7pm. Come along and hear from the committee about how KDC Theatre works and from the directors about the season’s plays, which are on between 27 March and 14 April.

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure - Spring 2012
By William Shakespeare

27th March – 31st March 2012

Sex and corruption. Power and vulnerability. Faith and purity. Shakespeare’s play relocates to 1960, year of the infamous ‘Lady Chatterley’ obscenity trial.

A crackdown on immorality leads to a death sentence for unmarried father-to-be Claudio. His sister Isabella – a soon-to-be ordained novice – begs for his life; and a strong-in-public, weak-in-private leader makes a literally soul-destroying offer.
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The Tamer Tamed

The Tamer Tamed - Spring 2012
By John Fletcher

3rd April – 7th April 2012

The Tamer Tamed is the sequel to Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew – where the women get their revenge on the newly remarried Petruchio.

Written by John Fletcher, the Bard’s collaborator on Henry VIII, Two Noble Kinsman and (the lost) Cardenio, the play combines moments of high and low comedy with some powerful speeches in this timeless tale about the battle of the sexes and who really comes out on top.
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War of the Waleses

War of the Waleses - Spring 2012

By Sarah Heenan, Alan Maddrell and Andy Marchant (After William Shakespeare)

10th April – 14th April 2012

As part of the RSC’s Open Stages project, KDC Theatre explores placing a contemporary historical event into a Shakespearean style and structure in this original play.

It is the 1990s and a country already in turmoil finds itself in the middle of a media war as the future king and queen separate in this tale of political intrigue, a crisis of succession and the manipulation of the press.
RSC Open Stages 2011-2012
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The Tamer Tamed

The Tamer Tamed - Spring 2012
By John Fletcher

3rd April – 7th April 2012

The Tamer Tamed is the sequel to Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew – where the women get their revenge on the newly remarried Petruchio.

Written by John Fletcher, the Bard’s collaborator on Henry VIII, Two Noble Kinsman and (the lost) Cardenio, the play combines moments of high and low comedy with some powerful speeches in this timeless tale about the battle of the sexes and who really comes out on top.
Book Now

2011 Christmas Message from the KDC Chair

Fa-la-la-la-la what an amazing way for us to see off a year in the life of KDC Theatre! Three weeks of top quality plays full of pathos and drama and tension and tragedy, as well as a lot of laughs!

A great big thanks from the committee to you, our members for your support, but especially to Nick, Jane Eve and Vic and the casts and crews of Female Transport, Anna Karenina and Talking Heads for such hard work. It’s great to be able to find enthusiasm for such different pieces and I hope to continue it in our new Shakespeare influenced Spring Season of 2012, including a new play initiated by Jenny, the previous chair waaay back in the early days of 2011 (remember those??) Thanks also to Carrie and Tracie for organizing our Christmas shindig last week!

So for the teams of FT, AK and TH, here goes (deep breath)…

Thanks to… Nick Mouton, Jane-Eve Straughton, Victor Craven, Bernie Higgins, Helen Niland, Simon Mathis, Holly McFarlane, Niki Mylonas, Teresa Joyce, Donna Easton, Becky Borland, Nichola Woolley, Piers Burnell, Richard Williams, Tom King, James Steer, Tui McLean, William Baltyn, Robert Myles, Aruna Buchanan Brown, Sarah Peachey, Stephanie Urquhart, Christopher Warren, Govind Hodgson, Andrew Silverman, Anne Connell, Caitlin Homes, Miranda Moore, Ian Rocordon, FIVE GOLD RINGS, Robin Snowdon, Mauro Galluzzo, Alice Masson-Taylor, Charlie Golding, Colin Guthrie, Matilda James, Zoe Ashdown, Sean Croft, Matt Matravers, Thomas Mannings, Carrie Johnson, Matthew Partridge, David Crackles, Kate O’Brien, Isabel Eriksson, Agostina Califano, Andy Lee, Lucy Walker, Matt Hudson, Kiera Newmark, Marlies Kunnen, Holly Hyde-Smith, Lex Lake, Juliet Colbert, Paul Rissman, Daniel Gardner, Matthew Gibson, John Munro and a partridge in a pear tree…

Have a great holiday season folks, may the spirits you drink be warming, and may your hangovers be brief!!!

See you in 2012!

Andy Marchant
KDC Chair and former Christmas Elf

Merry Christmas

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Christmas quiz – an excellent time was had by all! Looking forward to the Spring Season now. Make sure you’ve got the Newcomers on 19th January at the Melton Mowbray in your diary, so that you can find out more from the directors and committee.