The RSC will be doing a touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in each region, the Mechanicals will be played by members of an Amateur Theatre Company from each region they visit. There are training opportunities and workshops; this is a fantastic chance for 6 actors from KDC to potentially be involved in a process running through 2015 and into 2016. We don’t know how many other companies will be trying out to fill the London slot, but competition will be fierce.
The wonderful Trina Hasthorpe and Kat Wootton have been chosen to direct our two submissions, and now we need YOU to audition.
1. If you are interested – email firstname.lastname@example.org right now to register your interest
2. Auditions will be at 7pm, Tuesday 9 December at St Brides Institute.
Valerie Antwi – St Monica / Solider 3
Valerie is delighted to be performing with KDC for the second time after performing in Blood Wedding in the spring season. She has also performed with SEDOS, most recently in their production of The Government Inspector at the Edinburgh Fringe, and is soon to be performing with GEOIDS in Sweet Charity.
Elliott Bornemann – Judas Iscariot
This is Elliott’s second outing with KDC theatre and he is super excited to take on the challenge of Judas. Elliott trained in the European Theatre Arts course at Rose Bruford College gaining a unique training looking into many modes of theatre practice from countries such as Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, Estonia and the UK.
Elliott’s previous credits include Edgar in the original show The Portrait Firm performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Horatio in KDC’s Hamlet and Dorset/Ratcliffe in Lazarus Theatre’s Richard III.
Neil Bowman– Butch Honeywell
Neil recently graduated from (or rather, survived) The Poor School in King’s Cross. While there he played a variety of roles, ranging from Kistunov in The Good Doctor to Polonius in Hamlet and even an all-singing Sweeney Todd. This is his third performance at the unique Barons Court Theatre, after previously enjoying life here as a droog in A Clockwork Orange and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a born and bred Geordie, Neil spent his youth riding the coal truck to school and dreaming of a life after gas lamps, while always harbouring his ultimate goal of one day appearing in Byker Grove.
Wayil Eisa – Judge Littlewood
This is Wayil’s 5th production with KDC in about as many, genuinely fun filled, years. Those shows have encompassed a somewhat diverse range of characters – a war weary prince, a world weary caretaker, a work weary job applicant, a life weary king and now an after-life weary self-atoning judge (… hang on, there seems to be a bit of a theme going on here). He apologises in advance for his attempt at a southern drawl, which has largely relied upon memories of watching Dallas (… in his youth, he hastens to add).
Darren Evans – Julius of Outer Mongolia
An actor of many talents, Darren has been involved in various plays including the prestigious sell out production of Blood Wedding. Known for his great timing in comedy and stylish yet strong performances over the years. Often mistaken for KDC’s legendary actor ‘Darren Evans’ he does seem to take it quite well these days. “I love to act and this is what I’m striving towards doing as a career”.
Mark Ewins – Matthias of Galilee / St Thomas
As a child Mark had always wanted the title of ‘Saint’ until he was told he had to be dead…. and well behaved (not in that order). This lead to many years of immense suffering, doubt and soul searching. However, having previously been killed in KDCs production of Blood Wedding, Mark is thrilled to be back playing Saint Thomas (“St Mark doesn’t feature so I had to make do”) In his spare time he enjoys a good old bake off, skate off and all round shake off. Bring it on!
Will Hedges – Satan
This is Will’s first production with KDC theatre having recently relocated back to London after three years at The University of Nottingham. Having been heavily involved in theatre throughout school and university he is delighted to be able to continue his passion back in London. Recent roles include Skinny in Mojo, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Hugo in POSH and Timms in The History Boys. He is hugely enjoying the role of Satan and is trying not to let it change his real life persona.
Caitlin Homes – Gloria
Caitlin is a school teacher by day and drama student by night, courtesy of Morley College and the City Lit. Previous KDC fun has included playing ‘psycho granny’ in Demolition in Progress, an alcoholic Vicar’s wife in A Bed Amongst the Lentils, and Camilla Parker-Bowles in The War of the Waleses. Last summer she took a step over to the other side and directed another piece of new writing, Manger a Trois, at the Rosemary Branch Theatre. This time round she is very glad to be leaving the hard work in the ultra-capable hands of Duncan and Steph – and being part of a fab team!
Conor Kennedy – Simon the Zealot / Sigmund Freud / Soldier 2
This is Conor’s first production with KDC and is looking forward to being part of a great ensemble piece. A former member of the National Youth Theatre, Conor will be auditioning for Drama school over the next few months and hopes to widen his acting experience as much as possible.
Lily Kennett – Henrietta Iscariot / Sister Glenna
Lily Kennett is a lapsed Catholic from New York, who mistakenly believed that she might be at least half-Jewish until the age of 12, when she was informed by her mother that she would not be Bat Mitzvahed like most of her friends. As such, she feels that she fits nicely into the spiritual landscape of the play. She is delighted to be participating in her second KDC production.
Marcus Mollan – Jesus Christ
Marcus first performed with KDC in the year 2000, on this very same Baron’s Court stage. He is thrilled to be back in action after a 2-year hiatus. Despite appearing in around 20 productions, in all sorts of roles, this is his debut as a most-revered icon of an Abrahamic religion.
Kate Moore – Fabiana Aziza Cunningham
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot marks Kate’s ten-year anniversary with KDC, having first performed with the group in a production of The Crucible in winter 2004. Over the past decade, she has played roles as varied as a prepubescent Irish boy in The Cripple of Inishmaan, a drunken Mancunian servant in The Tempest, a 40-something New York society wife in Six Degrees of Separation and a murderous 1950s virgin in The Changeling. Yet the role of Fabiana is her most challenging to date. She only hopes she does it justice … a rather apt phrase for a courtroom drama.
Nick Mouton – Uncle Pino / St Peter / Pontius Pilate
Nick is happy to return to the KDC stage after a three-year hiatus due a shortage of characters with names beginning with the letter “P”. And like with buses, wait for ages then three arrive at once! Other shows that he’s been involved with at Barons Court include Red Noses, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, A Clockwork Orange (KDC); Bouncers, Popcorn (Basement Bodies). He also directed One Night Hire (So It Goes Theatre Company) and wrote Cab Ride (KDC). He has a rabbit called Bob and a wife called Laura. He tries not to mix those two up. Daily ramblings @NickMouton
Greg Robins – St Matthew / Caiaphas the Elder
Greg is delighted to return to the KDC stage, having displayed questionable guitar skills, accents and box-steps as Orsino in the otherwise-excellent Twelfth Night. A New Zealander in origin, he acted in, wrote for and directed the Wellington Law Revue in 2008-2010, acted in the Wellington Fringe Festival in 2011 and in an amateur production of Harold Pinter’s Mountain Language in 2013. He is an Associate of the New Zealand Speech Board which, regrettably, has embedded his incomprehensible vowels deep into his psyche. Off stage, Greg is a public and human rights lawyer, aspiring globetrotter and chocolate mousse-maker extraordinaire.
Katy Treble – Mother Theresa / Mary Magdalene / Soldier 1
Katy is delighted to be playing two iconic women in her second production with KDC. Originally from a quaint village in Lancashire, Katy has been acting since secondary school. Some of her favourite performances have included Adela (The House of Bernarda Alba), Beatrice (Much ado about Nothing), Linda (Blood Brothers) and most recently with KDC, Helen (Tiger at the Gates).
Matt Tylianakis – Yusef El-Fayoumy
Matt is a New Zealander and a Greek who has been living in London for the past eight years, a move which prompted him to try his hand at amateur theatre. He has performed with the Beaufort Players and with SEDOS in a variety of character roles, and now hopes to be able to channel his inner Mediterranean Sleaze for KDC. Also in his performance. When he’s not acting, Matt works in packaging design making landfill look more appealing.
Stephanie Urquhart – Loretta
This will only be the third time Steph has actually appeared in a production for the company since joining KDC back in 2009 having found her home more backstage than on it as well as being extremely proud to be part of its committee. Elsewhere she is involved in several other London based theatre companies, primarily South London Theatre where she directed Hobson’s Choice earlier this year.
Tim – Nick Edwards
Nick is appearing in his 6th KDC production and wonders if this makes him something of a stalwart? Other productions have been Bones, Six Degrees of Separation, Stags and Hens, Disappeared and Casual Encounters. By day, Nick is a maths teacher in an academy in Wembley but loves the escapism that acting brings to pretend that his life is not just equations, quadratic formulas and pi r squared.
Sophia – Lucy Theobald
After stealing the show as donkey seller no.2 in a school nativity Lucy thought she should exercise my talents further. Since then she has performed as a tree, a ninety year old grandma, a middle aged northern Irish school teacher, a teenage boy, a goat, a troll and wallpaper. She moved from Devon to London this year and is delighted to be in Well Dressed with KDC.
Sebastian – Richard Canal
Richard is an amateur in a quasi-Buddhist search for any smidge of talent within–acting has provided an excuse for him to not shut his damn mouth! He used to be an acting major over in the Colonies (‘Murica)–where he is half-from (the other half being Spain, from which he has unfortunately NOT inherited the sexy accent)–until he decided to come to London to study International Human Rights at Regent’s University. (P.S.: He’s notoriously a ham. Apologies.)
Peter – Billy Murphy
This is Billy’s first production with KDC. During the day Billy works in advertising and this is his first piece of acting in several years. Fortunately his natural flair for getting into awkward situations has meant that relating to the role of Peter was not too much of a stretch.
Clarissa – Rebekah Daven Watson
A proud Northern lass who still harbours dreams of becoming the Milky Bar kid, she has yet to realise that he’s a he and considerably younger than she is. Well Dressed will be her second production with KDC.
Lauren – Annette Bette Kellow
Annette is a dancer from Devon specialising in burlesque. Unfortunately they weren’t too keen on the art form on the farm so she ditched her wellies and moved away to work in the theatre. She also studied writing, and has since been working in both careers in London.
Rich – James Laing
James is embarking on his second show with KDC after appearing in The Lying Kind in 2012. Unlike in that show he keeps all his clothes on in this one and this should contribute to a much more pleasurable viewing experience for all; for the audience, the cast and the whole crew. Enjoy!
Henrietta – Helen Jackson
Helen caught the performing bug at a young age when she wowed a captive audience of 30 reception class children with her performance of Bananarama’s Guilty, complete with self-choreographed dance moves. She has treaded the boards with KDC on numerous occasions and has previously flexed her (melo)dramatic muscles in A Clockwork Orange, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tamer Tamed, Electra and Blood Wedding.
In downtown Purgatory, the realm between Heaven and Hell, Judas finally gets his day in court. Yet he is wracked by guilt and unable to speak, so court has been called into session on his behalf to appeal his sentence of eternal damnation.
In court, the defence and prosecution question everything we think we know about betrayal, hope, blame and forgiveness.
Sinners, saints and Satan are called to testify in this darkly comic courtroom drama: God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Judas Iscariot.
THEATRE: Barons Court Theatre, Curtain’s Up pub, 28a Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR
Nearest tubes: Barons Court / West Kensington
PERFORMANCES: Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 November (7.30 p.m.) Additional Matinee: Sat 22 November (2.30 p.m.)
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HRM King Magnus I of Windsor – Jimi Odell
Jimi, experiencing his royal debut, has previously played a bumbling solicitor in Dracula, a humble esparto farmer in Blood Wedding, and wrote the segment The White Wreck for last Halloween’s What The Dickens shows. The Apple Cart is his fourth involvement with KDC, and the first in which no wedding dresses are ruined. He is a scriptwriter, researcher, rocknroll guitarist, and foreign language enthusiast. He doesn’t get nearly enough sleep.
HRH Queen Jemima of Windsor – Natalia Clark
Currently in her 3rd year of university, Natalia has been acting since she was 9, and is delighted to be able to continue performing alongside her degree. She is incredibly passionate about theatre and has spent the summer co-directing various pieces, including War Correspondents, with Helen Chadwick and The Sonneteer, a new play for the Edinburgh Fringe. Most recently she has been working as an intern at Shakespeare’s Globe, played the title role in Medea at Goldsmiths, and is in the process of applying for MA Acting programmes. This will be her first performance with KDC
HRH Princess Alice of Windsor/Amanda Postelwaithe, Postmistress General – Alannah King
This is Alannah’s first play with KDC… and her first play, although she has some experience with amateur musicals and opera. Originally from the West of Ireland, Alannah moved to London 3 years ago and is loving the many great opportunities it has to offer, KDC included.
Lady Orinthia, Mistress to the King – Ciara Robley
Fresh from playing First Girl in KDC’s Blood Wedding, Ciara takes on her third role as Orinthia with gusto, manicured claws, tongue-twisters and all. Previous theatre involvement includes Hoodie in KDC’s What the Dickens, AD for KDC’s ANumber (Churchill), and composing for SEDOS’ Gormenghast (Peake). Oh, and she used to sing opera. Lots. Lucky for you – she’ll only be talking this time.
Joseph Proteus, the Prime Minister – Simon Hill
This is Simon’s third show with KDC, having appeared in War of the Waleses, as part of the RSC Open Stages project and in the Edinburgh Fringe last year, and Tiger at the Gates. In London he has also appeared at the Bridewell with SEDOS as Sepulchrave (Gormenghast) and Capulet (Romeo & Juliet), and with Network Theatre as Gloucester (King Lear).
Outside London, he has appeared regularly at the Pendley Shakespeare Festival, the Aylesbury Limelight, and the Court Theatre, Tring. Roles have included Macbeth, Macduff and Duncan (Macbeth), Oswald and Edmund (King Lear), Polonius (Hamlet, twice), Baptista (Taming of the Shrew, twice), Vincentio (Measure for Measure), Montague (Romeo & Juliet), Doctor Miranda (Death & the Maiden), the Ratcatcher (Kindertransport), Ludwig (Cabaret), Lord Illingworth (Woman of No Importance), Serebryakov (Uncle Vanya), both name parts in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and last year as Jeff in Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell.
A mystery to his employer whom he rarely visits, this City Gent and erstwhile blues singer finds pensions “exciting”.
Billy Boanerges, Business Secretary – Martin Shaw
Martin studied Drama at Liverpool University and has since worked with several Theatre Companies around the country. This is his third show with KDC following Summers Gone in 2011 and last year’s production of Hamlet playing Claudius. Recent productions include The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It with the Tower Theatre Company which were performed on tour in Paris. As a Yorkshireman, Martin is slightly thrilled to be making use of his flat cap and whippet in this role.
Lysistrata, Powermistress General – Juliette Chrisman
Juliette has been involved in amateur theatre in London since 2001. Past productions include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Tourvel) and Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice) for SEDOS and All’sWell That Ends Well (Helena) and Dangerous Corner (Freda) for KDC. She has also enjoyed brief forays into production (as founding producer of SEDOS’s Shakespeare in the Citystrand), direction (Shakespeare in the City: Julius Caesar (Director) and Bash (Assistant Director) for SEDOS) and administration (as Treasurer for SEDOS). Juliette is pleased to be working with Lorenzo again in her first full production since returning from a few years away from London, having first dipped her toe back in the dramatic water under his kind direction in Play in a Day: Wellington earlier this year.
Crassus, Commonwealth Secretary – Alain English
Alain English is an actor and a poet and was born in Alexandria on the coast of Loch Lomond. He was raised in Aberdeen, where he took part in many theatre shows. He moved to London in late 2005 to train as an actor. Recent credits include Hitchcock Homage and Hamlet (Baron’s Court Theatre) Beauty and the Beast (Colour House Theatre) and Nuclear Winter (Camden Fringe). Alain is also a poet and runs Paper Tiger Poetry, a monthly poetry night in Vauxhall.
Nicobar, Foreign Secretary – Will Saunders
This is Will’s first production with KDC, and marks his return to the stage after a five year break from acting. Prior to this hiatus he performed throughout his time at school and university, including in an Antonio Pappano-conducted production of Puccini’s Tosca at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and in a run of Mary O’Malley’s Once A Catholic at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has also appeared in Under Milk Wood, Aladdin, Robin Hood, The Odyssey, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Government Inspector, Twelfth Night and several devised pieces.
Pliny, Chancellor of the Exchequer – Bernard O’ Sullivan
Bernard was educated at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and the Open University. He was called to the Bar in 1971 and has been in private practice since then. He took a year out to train as an actor with the Actors Company in 2005-2006. Since then he has appeared in a number of short films and in plays, most recently in July this year as Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night at the Rosemary Branch Theatre.
Balbus, Home Secretary – Abby Still The Apple Cart marks Abby’s debut production with KDC Theatre, and she is very excited to be treading the boards on this London stage. After completing her BA Hons degree in Theatre and Performance at Plymouth University, Abby has taken various short courses at some of London’s drama schools such as Central School of Speech and Drama and the Poor School. She hopes this will be the first of many productions with KDC.
Vanhatten, United States Ambassador – Casey O’ Connor
Casey has had a passion for the arts from a very young age and left Drama School with a BA in Acting and MA in Classical theatre. She has been very privileged to have worked in this wonderful, yet frustrating industry most of her life so far and is delighted to be joining the very talented cast of The Apple Cart for her first production with KDC
Pamphilus, Royal Secretary – Katherine Kilshaw
This is Kat’s second production with KDC following 2013’s Summer show Electra. She studied Drama at university and has recently begun an MA in Dramatherapy. By day she works as a TA in a Primary School where she is currently studying the moon and the stone age. She hopes to pass her SATs and make it to Year 3.
Sempronius, Royal Secretary – Graeme Thompson
Graeme is Royally delighted to appear in this KDC production of George Bernard Shaw’s The Apple Cart. It constitutes a fascinating debate on the role of the monarchy in modern Parliamentary democracy, the creeping privatisation of public services, and the impact of a squabbling coalition Government; all old fashioned notions with no real relevance to a modern audience. So with that in mind, Graeme hopes you enjoy the show, and thanks you for choosing to show your support for his humble endeavours by voting with your bums on seats.
Julia returns to KDC after a playwriting break – one of her plays, The Signalman featured in last year’s KDC’s Halloween season. For KDC, she’s been The Queen in War of the Waleses and now further down the pecking order is pleased to be trying on the dog-collar for size, as vicar in this production. Long ago Julia trained at Manchester Poly School of Theatre’s acting course, studied Voice at Central School and has appeared in numerous comedy sketch shows and most recently as a villain in James Bond comedy spoof Martini Bond.
Andy Marchant – Lee Priest
A longtime participant in all things KDC, this is actually only the second time Andy has performed in a full show for the company, the last time being 2006’s Madman William. In the meantime, in the in-between times, he has directed for KDC 4 times (Alfie, Summers Gone, A Number and What the Dickens?), written 3 plays, co-written 4 more, and performed for KDC’s sister companies in such plays as: Festen (as Michael), Bloody Poetry (as Bysshe Shelley) and Autobahn (as Man)
Kat Wootton – Vivian Fletcher
Kat, fresh from her appearance in as Jennifer in KDC’s Casual Encounters is quite excited about performing in her first devised piece. She has previously directed several plays with KDC (Hamlet, Stag Nation, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You), though is quite enjoying this ‘pretending to be other people’ lark.
James Saunders – Randal Black
Born and bread on a derelict milk float in Liverpool James acting career started at an early age when he was cast as the kid in the Accrington Stanley- who are they milk ad. James feels awkward writing in the third person. This is his second performance for KDC.
Caroline Doyle – Beattie Black
Caroline is a tattooed biker-chick whose alter ego, mild-mannered and bookish, is much enamoured with the stage and easily roused by the smell of grease-paint. While this is the first time she’s had the honour to work with KDC, she is heavily involved with South London Theatre and has directed and acted there, playing a variety of roles from Oleanna in the eponymous play by Tom Stoppard to the psychotic Miss Cutts in Pinter’s The Hothouse.
Emma Cherry Rolf – Rosemary Black
From the day Emma discovered her Mother’s high heels, lipstick and stack of Gilbert & Sullivan LP’s (The operettas not the Pop Star) she was smitten. Dance, drama and circus training have lead to toe tapping inside Ibiza Castle, hanging upside down above panto, singing in East End Cabaret and touring plays like Blood Wedding and Unsuitable for Adults in London, as well as Hay Fever and What The Butler Saw in the provinces. Since returning to the Big Smoke after several years in the wilds of the UK and Spain and in between devising plays with KDC, she runs Rock’n’Rolf an interior design and specialist painting business with her husband, as well as a little bit of photographic styling on the side.
Carl Fletcher – David Reid-Davison
As one of the strongest believers in the acting method known as “my script is my safety blanket, try to take it away from me and I will boil your earlobes with tabasco”, Carl is taking a step into the unknown by being asked to create his own character and develop his own relationships (like a real person). At the time of writing, Carl has recently discovered that all the other characters in the play hates his. He is trying not to take this personally.
Vanessa Okello – Penny
This is Vanessa’s third time tackling a devised piece for KDC, she previously took part in Pub Quiz Champion and Visited and is delighted to be creating another off the wall, creep character for The Walls are Watching. A student on the City Lit acting course, Vanessa’s most recent turn on the stage was another blood thirsty role, playing Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd.
Marianne Mcloughlin – Sapphire Fletcher
Marianne hails from the land down under (even further under than Australia)..the land of hobbits and orks. Her acting antics began at five years old in her bedroom with a series of self devised improv shows featuring a brown bear, a penguin, a one eyed doll and a purple stuffed mole. Previous shows include Little Shop of Horrors, The Breakfast Club, Steel Magnolias and Seusical the Musical. This is her first show with KDC and she is delighted to be here with such fine looking folk.
Richard Williams – Colonel Horace Fairshaw
This is Richard’s twenty-second production with KDC. Previous acting credits include Female Transport, Double Falsehood, All’s Well That Ends Well, She Stoops to Conquer, Electra, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Cider with Rosie and various pieces of new writing. Previous directing credits include Rumours, Arsenic & Old Lace, Madman William and five of KDC’s devised pieces. For Richard’s published novels and short stories see richard-williams.com.
Saint Monica / Soldier 3 – Valerie Antwi Judas Iscariot – Elliott Bornemann Judge Littlewood –Wayil Eisa Julius of Outer Mongolia – Darren Evans Matthias Of Galilee / Saint Thomas – Mark Ewins Butch Honeywell – Neil Forster Satan – Will Hedges Gloria – Caitlin Homes Simon The Zealot / Sigmund Freud / Soldier 2 – Conor Kennedy Henrietta Iscariot / Sister Glenna – Lily Kennett Jesus – Marcus Mollan Fabiana Aziza Cunningham – Kate Moore Saint Peter / Pontius Pilate – Nick Mouton Saint Matthew / Caiaphas the Elder – Greg Robins Mother Theresa / Mary Magdalene / Soldier 1 – Katy Treble Yusef Al-Fayoumy – Matt Tylianakis Loretta – Steph Urquhart