Acting has been a pastime of Tom’s since he was at primary school where he took on the notable role of French Hen in a telling of The Twelve Days of Christmas. He kept it up ever since: during his first week at university he made the mistake of going along to an audition for The History Boys and thenceforth had to balance three years of Mathematics and Amateur Dramatics, taking on roles which included Edmund in King Lear, Dr Hyman in Broken Glass and Rupert Cadell in Rope. Theatrical interests transcending acting; he also produced and presented the company’s weekly radio play, produced its biennial “24 Hour Charity Musical” and was even known to paint a door from time to time, although only under strict supervision and after copious demonstrative training. He now enjoys a riveting life in Civil Service and is thoroughly enjoying his debut with KDC.
Sarah is delighted to be returning to KDC after a four year absence from treading the boards. Prior to this period of self-inflicted darkness, she played Elizabeth Wilmot in The Libertine and Lily/Flo in Alfie for KDC. Other previous roles include Irina in The Three Sisters and Lucienne in A Flea in Her Ear (Questors Theatre, London), Alaura/Carla in City of Angels, Velma in West Side Story and Letter Quintet Soprano/Chorus in Sweeney Todd (Gala Theatre, Durham) as well as numerous other musical theatre roles. Having worked in theatre management for the past five years, she is currently studying for a Masters in Culture, Policy and Management at City University.
Sarah Beebe is marking her return to KDC, having been seen with them as Escalus in Measure for Measure, and earlier in All’s Well That Ends Well and Electra. Having most recently played a Witch in SEDOS’ Macbeth, her villainy points are rapidly increasing. She is therefore utterly delighted to be playing “the brilliant Mrs Cheveley,” one of her dream roles since first learning the meaning of a femme fatale.
Peter’s first performance with KDC was in The Tamer Tamed at the Lion and Unicorn, playing “the comic relief” Jacques in 2012. Subsequently, he appeared as Napoleon Bonaparte and the Lieutenant in The Man of Destiny by G.B. Shaw at the Bridewell Theatre (swapping roles on alternate nights) as well as producing Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You for KDC. Last year, Peter played the Runner in The 17 Greatest Dates of Matthew Reading, an independently-produced feature film which premiered at The Riverside Studios in Hammersmith in the Summer. Most recently, last October, Peter played two roles in KDC’s What the Dickens, a series of ghost stories for Halloween. By day, Peter works in the City, but prefers not to draw attention to the fact.
Laura is delighted to be making her KDC debut with the lovely cast of An Ideal Husband this season. Since her first role at the tender age of 6 as a dung beetle, Laura’s performing career has gone from strength to strength. With a penchant for musical theatre, past favourite roles include: Maureen in Rent, Cathy in The Last 5 Years, and less conventionally, Margaret Thatcher (!) in The Beggar’s Opera… Consequently, Laura is looking forward to giving her vocal cords a rest this season.
When she is not onstage, Laura teaches History to a motley crew of 11-18 year olds. It’s a bit like acting, except the audience sometimes don’t want to be there and there’s substantially more heckling.
Clive fell in love acting in 1972 whilst masquerading as an economist in New Zealand. He performed in several plays and even managed a cameo role in Close to Home a TV soap. There then followed a fascinating 40 year detour through the “real world” of corporate banking, journalism, TV production and political consultancy before KDC allowed him to return to his true love as the grizzly Billie in Demolition in Progress in 2011. His more recent roles include: Petronius in The Tamer Tamed (KDC) , Harold in Singles (South London Theatre), Benedict in Rumble (Beyond Theatre) and Sir George Young in Tartuffe (Cockpit Theatre) Clive is relishing the role of the intimidating, severe but genial and flirtatious Lord Caversham.
Gerry’s favourite EVER part was Kath in Entertaining Mr Sloane when she was far too young. Recent roles include: For Sedos: Ghastly Countess in Gormenghast ; Dumb Mum in Autobahn ; Sweary Veronica in Interception. Also: Beline in The Hypochondriac ( Putney); Filumena in Filumena (Common Touch); Barbara in Pack of Lies ( Network); Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty ( Southfields Theatre Group – STG) and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf ( FinGer productions). She is currently directing/ part-writing a Revue The Last 5 Years for STG and will be appearing for them as Florence in The Vortex in July. She is looking forward to being swathed in fur as Lady Markby and talking utter nonsense.
Saria started her acting career at 15 as part of The Bull Youth Theatre in Barnet, plating such roles as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret. Whilst embarking on her nursing career, she progressed through the theatrical ranks to become a member of The Actors Company at Arts Depot in North Finchley. She has played a variety of roles including Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Deam, Jedediah Shultz and Zubaida Ula in The Laramie Project, sister 2 in Beauty and the Beast and Wife in Blood Wedding. This is Saria’s first production for KDC, in which she is making her debut as the incorrigible flirt, Lady Basildon.
Becky Golding started acting with the London based Carlton Players (originally a civil service group) in 1999. Among her roles have been Jenny in The Jenny Johnson Show, Harriet in The Lightening Play and Maureen in Stags and Hens and she received the London Civil Service best actress award for playing Emily Wilding Davison in 2002 in Diary from Clapham an original play by Karen Monid. Becky’s roles have involved many different accents, weapons and characters ranging from the Angel Gabriel through glamour model to murderer but never any Oscar Wilde! So Becky is now thrilled to be cast as hard core party girl Mrs Marchmont and enjoying working with the KDC team.
Will Lewis has loved performing ever since he can remember and has played a toad, outlaw, sergeant, clown, rapper, security guard and even a bullying photocopier… his proudest role however, was recently, as a real life wheelchair user describing his experience of abuse as a disabled man. After being distracted by a “proper” office job in television, Will is now building a career as an actor and has appeared in theatre, television, shorts and corporate films. This will be the second time he is playing a servant to aristocracy, having been an adviser to Queen Victoria. Downton Abbey beckons…
The Cast & Crew