Halloween 2013 Audition Notice

What the Dickens?What the Dickens?
Lion & Unicorn Theatre
29 October – 9 November 2013
(excluding 3 and 4 November)

By Amy Bird, Andy Marchant, Carl Fletcher, Frances Bushe, Jimi Odell, Julia Collier, Kathy Petrakis and Mary Groom

Directed by Andy Marchant, Jacqui Adams and Kim Morrison

KDC Theatre returns to our friends Giant Olive at The Lion and Unicorn in Kentish Town this Halloween. Following last year’s sell out run of Dracula, we are returning with 8 chilling tales from Charles Dickens.

Last Halloween we set a challenge to our membership to adapt some of Dickens’ ghost stories that he loved so much into scripts. The results were so fun, that we decided to stage 8 of them in another Halloween season!

In this document you will find out all about the plays And what we are looking for cast-wise.

What is the show?

Well actually, it’s two shows, under one production name. The first collects a series of Victorian Ghost Stories, and the second is a series of modernised ones.

Rather than running a week of one set of plays, then a week of another, we have decided to alternate the nights, to really push them together as an “event” (so instead of “WEEK ONE – Victorian, WEEK TWO – Modern”, it’s “TUESDAY – Victorian, WEDNESDAY – Modern, THURSDAY – Victorian”, etc)

What this means is that there will be the potential to cross over on the casting, and for any of our members who are cast and are up for it to be performing over TWO weeks (there would be a break between on the Sunday and Monday) meaning that your mates could get the chance to see you in different productions TWICE in as many weeks.

But the ultimate objective here is to give our writers some exposure, our acting members an opportunity to get into the Halloween (hoho) “spirit” and also:

To do some chilling spectral stories and have a LOT of fun doing it.

Casting

The auditions for the show will be on 2 (19:15-21:15) and 4 July (19:00-21:00).

There will be a recall on 6 July which will be invite only, and will run from 12pm – 4pm.

The venue for these auditions will be the St Brides Institute, Blackfriars Room (2nd) and The Foundry (4th). Details on our venues page.

If you do not hear from us about a recall, don’t worry, there are lots of roles to cast and we may just not need to see any more from you.

If you are cast you will hear on the Saturday, and if not, a member of the committee will be in contact on the Sunday.

As with all KDC Shows, we ask our acting members for a participation fee of £70 (£35 concessions) if you are cast. However, please note that as a special incentive, this payment will also cover you if you have been cast in the Spring or Summer 2013 Seasons, you don’t pay a thing!

PLEASE NOTE:

EVEN THOUGH THE AUDITIONS ARE IN JUNE, REHEARSALS WILL START IN AUGUST, SO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN THE SUMMER SEASON, YOU WILL STILL BE ABLE TO AUDITION!

DUE TO THE TIMING OF “WHAT THE DICKENS?”, ANYONE CAST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AUDITION FOR OUR WINTER 2013 SEASON.

You do not need to register for auditions or prepare anything in advance. Please come on whichever day suits you. We will be looking for a cast of around 20 actors.

Ensemble
This is a very important role in the production. Several of the plays have a background/choral/ensemble element, so we will be auditioning for a group of around 8 actors who can help move between being extras in one play, and specific smaller roles in another, and more. It means we are looking for a tight group who work together well and can support one another to maintain the mood. Ideally ensemble performers will be free for the entirety of the production so that they can span both shows.

In addition to this there are key roles within each play that drive the stories.

Til Death (key roles, 1m, 1f)
A madman in an institution relives the circumstances of his incarceration.

The White Wreck (key roles, 1m, 1f)
A young woman lives in fear of her home as her guardian schemes against her.

The Signal Man (key roles, 2m)
A man strikes up a friendship with a Signalman haunted by visions.

The Mother’s Eyes (key roles, 2m, 1f)
A couple recount the horrific disappearance of a child in their care.

The Lawyer and the Ghost (key roles, 2m – no ensemble)
A lawyer finds his new digs haunted by an inconvenient spirit.

The Portrait and the Shade (key roles, 1m, 2f)
A painter pitches a TV executive his encounter with a mysterious lady.

Sir Simon of Soho (key roles, 1m, 1f)
A playboy millionaire finds himself being pushed into despair

The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton (key roles 1m, 1f)
A woman tells her husband about the monsters that stalk her family

KDC RSC Open Stages take TWO

Very excitingly, The RSC are re-launching their open stages project this year, an opportunity for amateur theatre companies in the UK to work with the RSC.

Last year KDC Theatre rocked up with The War Of The Waleses, our own piece of new writing written as a “contemporary history” in the style of Shakespeare. Not only did the show sell out at the Lion and Unicorn, it ALSO got put on at the Camden Fringe, was part of the Open Stages Regional Showcase, and was performed on the RSC’s open air stage in Stratford upon Avon! As well as that, Sarah, the director of last year’s show, is taking a production up to the Edinburgh festival this year! (be sure to catch it if you go)

The deadline for pitches is mid June, and this time round, spaces are a lot more limited, so our pitches have to be REALLY appealing.

If you have a concept or an idea you think we should pitch (something you might want to direct/devise/audition for), then please send us something by 10 June, and no later, so that we can have plenty of time to review all the ideas. It could be anything Shakespeare related, a production of a play, some new writing, or a piece inspired by Shakespeare.

Please email chair@kdctheatre.com if you have anything you want to suggest.

KDC Summer Devised Piece

Following on from the success of the Spring devised piece, ‘Visited’, we are launching an unique new project that will give a group of dedicated actors the chance to be involved in the creation of two original, site- specific plays.

Two separate casts will each work with a director and devise a one act ‘Splinter pieces’ based on the scripts of the main shows, Electra and Bones, focusing on any element of the play which they find interesting e.g the time period, a theme, character etc. The project will be both creative and challenging, with each actor being given the opportunity to experience a range of theatre styles and exercises.

The splinter pieces will be performed together in outdoor spaces on Friday 2nd,Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August.

Rehearsals will begin on Thursday 6th June and will be every Thursday and Sunday in June and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from July. Actors cast will need to be available from 4pm on the first performance nigh,t Friday 2nd August. Due to the tight time constraints of the project we ask that actors can commit to the entire rehearsal period.

Casting is via email and will be open from 9pm on Sunday 19th May until 9pm on Monday 20th May. After the deadline, all applicants will be put into a hat and names drawn at random until all available slots have been filled, this is to ensure the process is fair and everyone has an equal chance to take part. Each play will have a maximum of 6 actors.

Email the directors; Trina Hasthorpe and Kim Morrison at: devised@kdctheatre.com to apply or for further information. Please note applications will not be accepted until 9pm on Sunday 19th!

Electra Audition Notice

electra-thumbTuesday 23 – Saturday 27 July 2013

Frank McGuinness’ Electra is a modern adaption of Sophocles’ tale of revenge, power, sacrifice, murder and ultimately family. For any female actress Electra, as the title character, being the ultimate tour de force.

1. Auditions

First round auditions on the Monday 13, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 May will be at Theatre Delicatessen, Marylebone Gardens, 35 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QA. Auditionees need to arrive from 6.30pm ready to start at 7pm. You do not need to register for auditions or prepare anything in advance. Please come on whichever day suits you. Recalls will be on Saturday 18 May from 12 to 4pm, by invitation only. You will be told the venue if you are recalled. If you are recalled you will be called by Thursday 16 May.

2. Show Dates

We’ll be performing from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 July at The Barons Court Theatre in Barons Court. The shows will start at 7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Saturday 27 July) and you’ll need to be at the theatre at least an hour beforehand.

3. Synopsis

Electra is a story of one of the most famous families in Greek literature, and ultimately a story of revenge and family. The story begins with Orestes, Electra’s brother, who is going on a journey to avenge his father’s murder. Meanwhile, Electra is stuck lamenting the murder of her father, Agamemmon, while living in the royal palace of Mycenae with his murderers, her mother Clytemnestra the Queen and her treacherous lover, Aegisthus. Her only hope is her brother, Orestes. Electra smuggled her brother to safety when he was just a babe, and put him into the protection of a servant. His fate is to return to Mycenae and avenge his fathers’ death by killing his mother and her lover.

The story is told from Electra’s perspective, a prisoner in her own family and society. She is a woman who longs for justice, who longs to take action but is constrained by her sex and the hopelessness of her situation.

This production will be an all-female cast. I will not being changing the sexes of Orestes and Aegisthus, but will be expecting the actor to emphasis the universality and humanity of each character, regardless of their sex. I will be looking for a modern interpretation on femininity and masculinity, power, revenge and family. I am looking for dynamic actors who are keen to be part of a physical ensemble.

4. Cast

Electra (F)
She is the power house of the play. She is on stage the entire time lamenting her father’s death, inviting death by defying her mother. She is the one constant throughout the play as different types of perceptive come in and out; she never wavers in her convictions and stays strong. I need an actress that is energised, fierce, and able to play a range of emotions from anger, fury to sorrow, and vulnerability in just one speech. I also want to see a new and modern interpretation on Electra, thinking about how difficult is to be a woman, belonging to a powerful family that has been extremely patriarchal, to being motherless and alone.

Servant (F)
She is the character than protects Orestes, and ultimately delivers him to his fate. She has a speech at a pivotal moment in the play.

Pylades (F)
A non-speaking part: Pylades is Orestes childhood friend, She is always by Orestes’ side, never saying a word but taking the journey with him. (The actress playing Pylades will also play a part in the chorus)

Orestes (F)
Next to Electra, Orestes is the second most important part in the play. Orestes is Electra’s brother and appears at the beginning and end of the play. Orestes completes the circle, as the mother killed the father so must the son kill the mother. Orestes is Electra’s hope, and they have a very strong bond as she saved his life and is more like a mother to him than a sister. Even though I will not be changing the gender of Orestes, he will be played by an actress. This will be one of the most challenging aspects of the part, as a theme throughout the play is that Orestes must complete the circle because he is the son. I will be looking for an actress who can put a different spin on this and think about how to play the part genderless, but still portraying his masculine traits.

Chrysothemis (F)
Chrysothemis is Electra and Orestes’ sister, she does not lament and challenge as Electra does. Even though she mourns her father’s death, longs for her brother and knows her mother is the blame. She plays the diplomat and lives by Aegisthus and Clytemnestra’s rules. She is an important juxtaposition to Electra, often being the more reasoned and level headed argument.

Clytemnestra (F)
Clytemnestra is the queen, Electra’s mother and Agammemon’s murder. Even though she is seen as the villain of this story, she still has a heart and conscious. She murdered Agammemon because he sacrificed her first daughter, Iiphigenia to the gods. She believes killing Agammemon was not murder but justice, and struggles with how her children defy and hate her. However, she still treats Electra cruelly and longs to hear her son is dead for fear over being overthrown.

Aegisthus (F)
Aegisthus is Clytemnestra’s lover, and ultimately plotted and killed Agammemon with Clytemnestra so as to take his throne and wife. He appeals at the end of the play smug and vicious, and ultimately meets his end.

Chorus (3-4 Females)
Chorus is the constant on stage the entire time with Electra. The Chorus is a massively important role and mammoth task. They act as the story teller, the conscious, the friend and the enemy throughout the play, creating a dynamic challenge for any actress. This role is heavy on speeches and will involve elements of physical acting.

If you have any questions prior to the audition, get in touch with the team at electra@kdctheatre.com.

Bones Audition Notice

Bones-thumbTuesday 16 to Saturday 20 July

Bones is a darkly funny play set in a run-down porn cinema in 1960’s Gateshead.

1. Auditions

Auditions will take place from 6.30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start on 13, 14 and 15 May 2013 at the Theatre Delicatessen, Marylebone Gardens, 35 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QA. You do not need to register for auditions or prepare anything in advance. Please come on whichever day suits you.

Recalls will be on Saturday 18 May from 12 to 4 p.m. and you will be told the venue if you are recalled. If we’d like to see you at the recalls, we’ll call you on Thursday 16 May to let you know.

2. Show Dates

We’ll be performing from Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 July at The Barons Court Theatre in Barons Court. The shows will start at 7.30 p.m. (2.30 p.m. matinee on Saturday 20 July) and you’ll need to be at the theatre at least an hour beforehand.

3. Synopsis

Bones is a darkly funny play set in a run-down porn cinema in 1960s Gateshead. This failing cinema is run by two Jewish brothers, Benny and Ruben. The brothers cannot afford to pay their staff, projectionist Beck and cinema dogsbody/cum-cleaner-upper Moon, and also owe a lot of money to the local gangsters. Then all their problems seem to be over when one of them kidnaps Reggie Kray…

The dark, dank and close atmosphere of The Baron’s Court Theatre, with its old flip-up cinema seats, is the perfect venue for this intense and intensely funny play.

This play is pacy, twisted and very funny. Being set in a cinema, it nods its head to many films, including Get Carter and Reservoir Dogs. As well as being a play about gangland kidnapping, it also touches on themes like identity, the desire to be someone, family ties and brotherly love and hate … as well as gorilla fancy-dress costumes.

4. Cast

Benny
Accent: Geordie
Age: 30-35
Benny is the elder of the two brothers. Both he and Ruben own the cinema but Benny is clearly the manager, he has put himself firmly in charge. He provides a lot of the humanity in the play.

Although there aren’t really any straight roles, Benny is the closest to being the straight-man of the piece. He starts the play with a freshly broken nose and then his day just keeps getting worse.

Ruben
Accent: Geordie
Age: early/mid-twenties
The younger of the two brothers; in fact they are half-brothers. Ruben was one half of a pair of twins – but his twin died in a suspicious house fire when they were young. Ruben, as well as resenting Benny, desperately wants to impress him. He is convinced he isn’t Jewish, that his dad was an Italian American GI who was over in the UK during the war. He dreams of being somebody. He has virulent self-hatred, and has hatred of his faith and how it seems to have labelled him. He fluctuates between awe and terror as the play unfolds.

Reg
Accent: Cockney
Age: mid-thirties
Reg spends a lot of the play bound and often gagged, however this does not impact on to his authority and menace. He is a ‘puppet master’.

Beck
Accent: Geordie
Age: 20-30
Beck is a fan of James Cagney. When there are no punters in the cinema, Beck happily puts on his favourite 1930s and 40s Hollywood films.

He believes he is a player and has links with the local crime scene. He talks the talk and walks the walk but when push comes to shove, what kind of guy is he really?

Moon
Accent: Geordie
Age: 20s
Moon is a fan of Humphrey Bogart.

He is the cinema’s dogsbody, doing every job from doorman to cleaning up (everything) after the porn cinema’s punters have left. He wants a quiet life, he is an expectant father (well, he hasn’t had sex with his girlfriend but they’ve been looking at prams). He always seems to draw the short straw in life – and at times that short straw may lead to big challenges.

If you have any questions prior to audition, please contact the team on bones@kdctheatre.com.

Summer Newcomers 7pm on 9 May

Join us at the Mowbray pub, 14-18 Holborn, London EC1N 2LE from 7pm on Thursday 9 May. New and old faces are welcome to attend, to find out more about KDC, the summer season and how you can be part of the action.

http://meltonmowbrayholborn.co.uk/