Dates: 30 September & 7 October Time: 7pm Venue: The Hoop and Grapes, 80 Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4BL
Following on from last year’s “What the Dickens?”, we’ve given twelve talented writers one spooky fairy tale each, and told them to turn it into a short play, with an edgy urban setting. Including everything from creepy nightclub bouncers to rogue RSPCA officers, these tales will amuse and scare you in equal measure.
Round Table Readings are free to attend. If you are comfortable reading cold and are interested in performing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Or listen if you prefer. Constructive feedback is encouraged.
Date: Thursday 11th September Time: Join us from 7pm for a drink. The meeting will start at 7.30pm Venue: The Red Herring, 49 Gresham St EC2V 7EH. Nearest tube St Paul’s
Each season we hold a Newcomers Meeting where the directors will tell you more about their plays and the audition process. It’s a great way to find out more about the season and of course you can quiz the directors and committee too. Whether you’ve been hanging out with KDC for years, or you’re completely new to us, come on down!
Winter season consists of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Well Dressed, both on at Barons Court Theatre. Visit the auditions notices for more details about the shows.
We are proud to announce the remain shows in our Autumn/Winter Season shows. Auditions as follows:
When: 15, 16 and 17 September from 6.30pm Where: Clean Break Studios, 2 Patshull Road, Kentish Town NW5 2LB. Nearest tube is Kentish Town
As ever, the auditions are free to attend. You can audition for both shows on the same night though you can only be cast in one. Please come along as early in the week as possible; the Wednesday always gets very busy.
The shows (for more details, please follow the audition notice link):
18 – 22 November The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis | audition notice
directed by Duncan Moore
25-29 November Well Dressedinspired by ‘Tailleur Pour Dames’ by Georges Feydeau | audition notice
directed by Emma Knott & Dan West
Thank you to all those who auditioned and congratulations on the cast:
King Magnus – Jimi Odell Orinthia – Ciara Robley Joe Proteus – Simon Hill Princess Alice/Amanda Postelwaithe – Alannah King Lysistrata – Juliette Chrisman Crassus – Alain English Nicobar – Will Saunders Balbus – Abby Still Pliny – Bernard O’ Sullivan Sempronius – Graeme Thompson Pamphilus – Katherine Kilshaw Ambassador Vanhatten – Casey O’ Connor Queen Jemima – Natalia Clark Billy Boanerges – Martin Shaw
When: 6.45pm, Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 July Where: Clean Break Studios, 2 Patshull Road, NW5 2LB Contact: If you have any questions please e-mail Andy on email@example.com
This October and November we’re back at The Lion and Unicorn in Kentish Town with a play to scare your socks off, and a play to light your revolutionary spirit.
28 October – 1 November The Walls Are Watching | download audition notice
Directed by Kim Morrison and Trina Hasthorpe
A semi-devised modern day murder mystery set in Blackmoor Manor, a hotel situated in the remote coastal town Abbot’s End. When a well-known playboy is found dead in suspicious circumstances, Detective Burton is called to the premised to investigate. Once inside, he begins to suspect the residents are concealing more than just the truth. Is it a simple case of foul play on the part of a jilted lover, or a menacing supernatural presence that leads the unfortunate residents to their untimely deaths?
4 – 8 November The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw | download audition notice
Directed by Lorenzo Mason
Written in 1929, Shaw’s play is a funny, sharp satire on the modern world of politics and all its imperfections that still resonates today, touching on themes like democracy, personal liberty, popularity, freedom of speech and what it means to be a King and a Politician. The author, anticipating the future, perfectly describes today’s democratic process, but offers a wonderful twist that few will see coming.
Greg Robins – Orsino Greg is new to Shakespeare and KDC, having arrived from the land of Lord of the Rings, Flight of the Conchords and jandals (flip flops) in 2012. He acted in an amateur production of Harold Pinter’s Mountain Language in 2013 and acted in, wrote for and directed the Wellington Law Revue in 2008-2010. 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 banana-cake-maker extraordinaire.
Hassan Govia – Antonio Although this is Hassan’s first production with KDC, he has been acting for quite some time, having performed with the National Youth Theatre and the University of Nottingham’s New Theatre Society, to name but a few experiences. He is currently training at Questors Theatre and if any of them will have him, he would like to go to drama school at some point in the near future (*coughs* next year)…
Cindy Ma – Festa Cindy is a student at the LSE, completing her Masters in Media and Communications. She began acting in the 6th grade, debuting as “a clown” in the widely-acclaimed musical Clowns. Since then she has gone on to participate in shows such as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Spring Awakening, and Cabaret with her university theatre company. Twelfth Night is her first play since moving to London from Canada, and she is excited to be back in the theatre with such a great cast. The role of Festa will bring her full circle–back to being a clown. In her spare time, Cindy can be found perusing Food Gawker, procrastinating from writing papers, and anxiously trying to find a job so she doesn’t get deported upon graduation.
Jasmin Hinds – Olivia Jasmin graduated from the Acting and Performance foundation course at The Questors Theatre in July 2013. Her first involvement with KDC Theatre was in March 2014, in the rehearsed reading of Wellington by Cat O’Shea. Other recent roles include Helen of Troy in Trojan Barbie by Christine Evans, Miss Blumenblatt in On The Razzle by Tom Stoppard, Jenna in Sheltered by Greg A. Smith, and Queenie in Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington. This production of Twelfth Night is the first full-blown Shakespeare production Jasmin has been involved in.
Ayryn Jones – Maria Twelfth Night marks Ayryn’s first production with KDC, and in fact her first performance on a public stage. Ayryn’s passion for acting and performance started at a young age, leading to a heavy involvement in all sides of theatre in high school, and working in Children’s Theatre back home in Australia. Since moving to London a year ago, the lure of the rich theatrical culture here has proved a great motivator to rekindle that passion! She is incredibly excited to hit the stage with such a fun and talented group of people.
Bernard O’Sullivan – Sir Toby Belch 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 March this year at the Tabard Theatre as the Gaoler in Heresy by Tilo Ulbricht.
Amy Wackett – Viola Whilst slightly disappointed to discover that she had not been cast as Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love 2, Amy has thoroughly enjoyed playing Viola in this production. She last appeared in KDC’s Halloween special, What the Dickens?, last year and has previously had roles in numerous shows with Studio Theatre Club in Oxford and Lancaster University Theatre Group. Highlights include: Agatha Christie’s The Hollow (Henrietta), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolen), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Emilie) and My Fair Lady (Mrs Higgins).
James Saunders – Sebastian 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. This is James’ first performance for KDC. Most recently he’s performed in Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Sink the Belgrano for Sedos.
Doug Baker – Malvolio Douglas’ theatrics began in utero where he performed off broadway sketches to the organs. Unfortunately his material was often divisive and his one man show closed after only 9 months. He trusts you will receive his performance in Twelfth Night with greater appreciation.
Terry Scotchmer – James Terry started acting two years ago and in May of this year finished a 1 year acting programme at The Brian Timoney Actors Studio. Previous stage work includes John from After Miss Julie, Lyle Britton from A Blues For Mister Charlie and Brick Pollitt from Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. At the Transcend Festival in St Giles this summer he played Half Hanged Smith in a play called A Kind Bowl. Terry is a lazy actor and couldn’t be bothered to write a fresh bio. He’s super excited about doing his Method research into swinging, and already has several profiles up in the dodgier corners of the internet. Nudge nudge wink wink ladies. Or gentlemen. Whatever.
Kat Wootton – Jennifer Kat Wootton, most recently a director with KDC (Hamlet, Stag Nation, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You), is returning to her acting roots in Casual Encounters. She works in television production, writes and directs films, occasionally writes freelance, and practices Hapkido. And no, she has never read or answered a ‘casual encounters’ ad.
Not deliberately, anyway.
Kim Morrison – Annette After a few years hanging around the dark edges of KDC, persuading innocent people to drink, attend social gatherings with puns in the title and take part in devised theatre, Kim thought it was high time she actually auditioned for a KDC show. Much to her delight she found the process simply thrilling and now understands why everybody does it.
Kim really likes the theatre, she has been in quite a few plays and has directed some too. She has even managed the stage and on occasion switched lights on and off.
By day she is a desk monkey and project manager for an education charity, she would love to pursue her dreams but she isn’t too sure what they are just yet, she will happily accept your suggestions on the back of a postcard.
Graeme Thompson – Peter
Graeme first found theatre whilst a juvenile, as a means of channeling latent aggression. Upon release from borstal, it has continued to prove a useful tool to maintain the straight and narrow. Taking on the role of Peter in Casual Encounters therefore has added significance for Graeme and his preference for the method school of acting. He us now wanted in three counties, and if seen, should be considered dangerous and not approached.
Nick Edwards – DC Cook
This is Nick’s 13th play in the last 6 years, with favourite roles including Mickey in Blood Brothers, Benjamin in The Graduate, Ruben in Bones and Tristram in Taking Steps. By day he is a maths teacher and tries to inject as much of his acting life into his lessons as possible every day! Nick couldn’t resist the opportunity to get involved with a play of such… ahem… interesting subject matter and is looking forward to getting back on stage following trying his hand at assistant directing, at KDC’s sell-out run of Blood Wedding this spring.
Cameron K McEwan
Cameron was fortunate to be part of a rehearsed reading performance of this play back in April and is delighted to be back in the same role for KDC. He started acting last year with his debut taking place at the RSC Dell in Stratford-upon-Avon as Feste in Twelfth Night and then going on to perform in a two-hander, Who Are You Supposed To Be?, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (which then transferred to London later in 2013).
This is Gemma’s first production with KDC theatre. She trained at the Bridge Theatre Training Company and has professional experience in screen acting, voiceover, corporate role play and TIE. Her previous theatre credits include: Maggie Hobson Hobson’s Choice, Claire Zachanassian The Visit, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lucy (and other comedy roles) Dracula – Fangs of Destiny and Oliver Simply Dickens.
William is a regular KDC actor, having most recently appeared in What the Dickens? for Halloween. Prior to this, he played Prince Charles in The War of the Waleses in London , Stratford and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Other roles have included Konstantin Levin in Anna Karenina and a surprising number of nameless parts such as Father, Interviewer, Priest, Narrator and Zookeeper. He is relieved to be doing so again.