by Donna Hoke
Having children. Why do we do it? What makes a family? How do we separate our choices from accidents of biology? And can we even make those choices without hurting the ones we love?
Seeds is the story of Marjorie, a scientist who has been struggling to conceive, and the impact that struggle has on her relationship with her twin sister, her husband, and their mothers.
Seeds was written and is being specially adapted for KDC as a full audio play by Donna Hoke.
Josephine …….. Emma Robson
Marjorie …….. Freya Thomas
Aidan …….. James Cross
Kay …….. Jacky Rowland
Alice …….. Simona Hughes
Directed by Sarah Beebe
Sound design by Sarah Beebe
Sound Engineering & Editing by Carl Fletcher
“Baby Love” arranged & performed by Steph Urquhart
Incidental music by Isobelle Walton (with permission Epidemic Sound)
Recorded at Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London
Special Thanks: Colin Guthrie, David Brady & the team at the Lion & Unicorn, Stephen Reimer, Simona Hughes, Carl Fletcher
Donna Hoke (Writer)
Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Hens and Chickens, The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (O’Neill and Princess Grace finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and TEACH (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS, ONCE IN MY LIFETIME). In its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo’s Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.
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Sarah Beebe (Director)
Sarah feels both honoured and mildly petrified to have been given the chance to form part of KDC’s first radio season, learning along with the actors how to develop performances in a different art form. Past projects directing for KDC include SHE at the White Bear, and assistant directing Othello at Baron’s Court, and has also been seen on stage for them periodically.
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Simona Hughes (Alice)
Simona Hughes both acts and directs. She recently completed her MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has written and directed her own play, About 500, about female fertility and time, which was due to premiere at VAULT festival in March, but was cancelled with lockdown. The subsequent zoom version (available on Scenesaver) won an “Off Comm” award.
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Emma Robson (Josephine)
Emma is an actor, musician, and co-founder of Underscore Studios, whose latest project addresses classism in the arts. With KDC she has played Patricia Graham in Flare Path, written music for Hush Now, and was rehearsing Carrie in Rules for Living before lockdown.
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James Cross (Aidan)
This is James’ third outing with KDC following The Ghost Train and the currently lockdown-delayed Rules For Living. With a first foray into audio, he’s looking forward to translating his four standard facial expressions into something audible.
Freya Thomas (Marjorie)
Freya is delighted to be a part of Seeds, her first production with KDC. It is also the first time she has been involved in radio drama, a medium she is very keen to explore, having previously performed in many stage productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
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Jacky Rowland (Kay)
Jacky Rowland is excited to have been cast as Kay in “Seeds”. She is passionate about contemporary theatre, especially plays that tackle moral and political dilemmas, so “Seeds” is right up her street. Jacky recently completed a one-year acting diploma at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is now on the MA Professional Acting program at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts