An Ideal Husband Cast Biographies

Tom McMahonTom McMahon as Robert Chiltern

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 MannionSarah Mannion as Gertrude Chiltern

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 BeebeSarah Beebe as Mrs Cheveley

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 CabreraPeter Cabrera as Lord Goring

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 HortonLaura Horton as Mabel

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 Eliot

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 SkeensGerry Skeens as Lady Markby

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 BabikerSaria Babiker as Lady Basildon

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 GoldingBecky Golding as Mrs Marchmont

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 LewisWill Lewis as Phipps

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

Ideal Husband Full Cast


Blood Wedding Cast

Cast in order of appearance

Blood Wedding marks a rather festive first anniversary for Ami at KDC.  Since drowning the stage with tears as both Hamlet and Electra and leaving little to the imagination in Stag Nation, she is pretty excited to take on an even more sinister role this season.  She is starting to worry about being typecast as murderous, bloodthirsty loners, but at least this one doesn’t indulge in incest.  When she’s not lurking about on stage, Ami tends to the cosmopolitan farm animals of London, muddles through a PhD, co-edits Reprobait magazine and tweets about how tired she is @ayemiy.

Emma KnottMother – Emma Knott
Emma first performed with KDC back in 2007 as the mildly violent teenager Helen in The Cripple of Inishmaan. Over the years she’s morphed herself into a variety of soldiers, spurned women and spinsters in plays such as All’s Well That Ends Well, Dangerous Corner and Crimes of the Heart. Having spent some time on the other side of the fence directing The Libertine, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Lying Kind, Emma returned to the stage last year in KDC’s Halloween season.

Mark EwinsBridegroom – Mark Ewins
Mark is delighted once again to be performing with KDC and that his last performance in KDC’s What the Dickens didn’t scare people away! By day Mark works as a Food Product Technologist but by night he is a collector of talents. He plays clarinet in a community orchestra (CLO) and sings with Sustain choir or ‘we’ll sing for cake’. As a keen ice skater Mark lives on the edge and enjoys a good cast ice-breaker and post-performance pint…’re buying 🙂

Su VigusNeighbour – Su Vigus
Su came to acting a few years ago through singing in amateur opera productions and this is her second venture with KDC, having played the nurse from hell in the 2012 production of Dracula. Roles with other companies include Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa (Tower Theatre), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SEDOS) and Lucetta in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Cheltenham Rococo Players). Su also has Musical Director/Composer credits for Bazaar and Rummage (Network Theatre) and Murder in the Cathedral (CP Theatre Productions).

Asma ManiWife – Asma Mani
Asma’s acting debut (aged 4) as the improbably-cast Giant in Jack and the Beanstalk has led to her playing an eclectic mix of characters, including traffic wardens, queens, maids, hookers, lords, goddesses and thwarted nearly-nuns. Her longest dramatic engagement was a two-year stint pretending to be a teacher (audiences were – eventually – receptive). By day she now pretends to understand tax and computers, a career choice entirely informed by The West Wing. Afraid of being type-cast by her previous roles, she is exploring the uncharted territories of being a wife and mother in Blood Wedding.

Helen JacksonMother-in-Law – Helen Jackson
Helen moved to the big smoke from oop north many moons ago and has treaded the boards with KDC on several occasions, playing everything from a mischievous fairy to an angry chav. Past productions include A Clockwork Orange, The Tamer Tamed and Electra. She is looking forward to eating all the wine-cakes.

Govind ThompsonLeonardo – Govind Hodgson
This is Govind’s fifth season with KDC and subsequently fifth rather standard biog – and this one promises to be no different. Govind has been lucky enough to play many lovely parts with KDC, and has loved every moment of this one.


Ciara RobleyFirst Girl – Ciara Robley
This is Ciara’s third involvement with KDC. Not so long ago she was otherwise known as ‘Hoodie’ and/or ‘Despair’ in KDC’s Twisted: The Modern Plays. Oooh. She cannot wait to play a less typical role that involves her other loves: Song and Dance (olé!) and she’s equally looking forward to not having ‘blood’ dripping from her face every night. That said, given the title, she may have just spoken too soon…..!

Ade GbinigieServant – Ade Gbinigie
Ade has been performing since she was a child and has been training for as long in dance, singing and acting. This is her second time in Blood Wedding; having been previously cast as Beggar Woman/Death, she is looking forward to being less creepy overall. She has also been in shows such as Metamorphoses, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Clybourne Park to name a few plays. She is heavily involved in Musical Theatre as well, having recently been in A Chorus Line where she played Kristine. She hopes you enjoy the show and looks forward to her next foray onto the stage and/or screen.

Jimi OdellFather – Jimi Odell
Jimi spent his innocent years performing with The St Albans Youth Music Theatre where he learnt to crack his knuckles, knit a scarf, and hide behind synchronised dancers. Now in his wild years, he can be found singing and playing guitar in various musical collectives. A scriptwriter and occasional online columnist, he has written articles as diverse as ‘The Top Twelve Non-Existent Sequels’ and ‘How To Get Rid of a Badger’. Blood Wedding is his third KDC outing, having previously acted in Dracula and written a script for the recent Halloween 2013 plays.

Valerie AntwiBride – Valerie Antwi
Valerie is delighted to be joining the wonderful cast of Blood Wedding for her first production with KDC.
Valerie has performed in a variety of productions, most recently she could be seen as ‘Soldier (behind tree)’ and ‘Soldier (who rapidly dies)’ in Macbeth for SEDOS. Some past favourites include Duckling in Our Country’s Good (TBTL), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Salisbury Playhouse Studio) and Karolka in Jenufa (Arcola Theatre).

Manisha HiraniSecond Girl – Manisha Hirani
After graduating with a Law degree in 2010, I decided to follow my dreams and pursue my passion in acting. I have been in 2 feature films (only small roles) and completed a number of short films and commercials. I also love sports and adrenaline and have taken part in a triathlon and a half marathon in the past 3 years – and would love to face more challenges in the future (and hopefully not break my legs or my back doing so). I hope to continue carrying on with my work and move on to bigger projects in the next few years, and being in Blood Wedding is definitely a stepping stone in my career.

Darren EvansGuest – Darren Evans
Ever since I was a teenager, people have often said that I had a very vivid imagination and I should go into drama. I did not believe it at the time, as I thought they just appreciated the joke or impersonation that I did. In 2009 I decided to do Beginners Acting at the City Academy. I received so much genuine encouragement that I continued with City Academy to do the intermediate course. My favourite actor of all time has to be Morgan Freeman, and my favourite type of film – outside the comedy genre – is a film that makes you think. When I was at school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to be or what I was good at. Twelve years on and I am finally realising what I am naturally good at. Better late than never.

Graeme ThompsonFirst Youth – Graeme Thompson
Graeme is pleased to be back with KDC after an absence of 4 years, spent sunning himself in Belfast, though strangely he never got as tanned as most of the locals. This is his first experience of Lorca, and of dancing in front of people who have to watch; Graeme would like to apologise to each of you.

Blood Wedding Tickets

‘Let’s go to some dark hiding-place where I can always love you …’
‘And I shall sleep at your feet to watch over your dreams.’

Love is patient. Love is not kind. It burns, it sears, it whispers in the blood. It waits, it breathes, it haunts. Through a passionate play that explores love lost, love won and love that refuses to die, KDC Theatre cordially invites you to Blood Wedding. In the heat of a Spanish summer, in the depths of the darkest forest of them all … till death do us part.

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Tickets are available here

Keeping In Touch With Temptation Tickets

The future of social media is here #shareyourlife

Tweets are done. Vlogs are dead. Why just watch others when you can live, see, hear, smell, touch and taste along with them? With Sharing™ you can do just that. Become a Sharer™ and share your life with the world. Your Fans will watch you, if you can entice them. Your Fans will support you, if you do what they say. Your Fans will love you, so long as you never say no. Log in. Start your feed. Live your life. Earn your rewards.

KDC Theatre presents a new play about the future of social media, how it will change our lives and how it will change us.

Contains scenes of a sexual nature, explicit language, stylised violence and references to substance abuse.

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Tickets are available here

An Ideal Husband Tickets

Lord Goring is a wastrel and philandering socialite. His closest friend is a young and well-regarded politician who is considered to be a humanitarian, and even more, an ideal husband. When a new and unwelcome character comes into his life however, Robert Chiltern, the politician in question, finds the dark secrets of his earlier days at risk of being exposed. As the events unfold Goring, finds himself in the middle of the crisis, called on for help from all sides, whilst trying to consider what makes a person truly ideal.

This production will be a modernisation of ‘An Ideal Husband’, relocated in contemporary Russian high society – long coats and fur hats, but still full of all the witticisms you’d hope for from Oscar Wilde, whose own secrets and struggles with the “high moral tone” expected of him live on through Lord Goring.

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Tickets are available here

Keeping In Touch With Temptation Cast List

The cast of Keeping in Touch with Temptation, directed by Richard Williams:
Brad Johnson
Cathal Power
Emma Saunders
Franki Greorghiou
Holly Partridge
Lucy Callen
Niamh Shiggins
Stephen Ball
Tad Zindi
Tanya Jewth
Victoria Harrison

Blood Wedding Cast List

Here is the cast list for Blood Wedding, directed by Kate Moore:

Bride – Valerie Antwi
Guest – Darren Evans
Bridegroom – Mark Ewins
Servant – Ade Gbinigie
Second Girl – Manisha Hirani
Leonardo – Govind Hodgson
Mother-in-Law – Helen Jackson
Mother – Emma Knott
Wife – Asma Mani
Father – Jimi Odell
First Girl – Ciara Robley
Beggar Woman – Ami Sawran
First Youth – Graeme Thompson
Neighbour – Su Vigus

Assistant Director – Nick Edwards

An Ideal Husband Cast List

The cast of An Ideal Husband, directed by Richard Jaques:

Sir Robert Chitern – Tom McMahon
Lady Gertrude Chiltern – Sarah Mannion
Mrs Cheveley – Sarah Beebe
Lord Goring – Peter Cabrera
Mabel Chiltern – Laura Horton
Lord Caversham – Clive Eliot
Lady Markby – Gerry Skeens
Lady Basildon – Saria Babiker
Mrs Marchmont – Becky Golding
Phipps – Will Lewis

Assistant Director – Kim Morrison

Spring 2014 Newcomers

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. Drinks at 7pm for a 7.30pm start at The Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker, 292-294 St John Street, EC1V 4PA. Nearest tube is Angel.

Spring Season Shows

Next Spring we’re back at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town from 18th March to 5th April with three very exciting shows which you can read all about at

18th – 22nd March: Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’ – directed by Richard Jaques

25th – 29th March: Devised Piece ‘Keeping In Touch With Temptation’ – directed by Richard Williams

1st – 5th April: Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’ – directed by Kate Moore

An Ideal Husband – Audition Notice

Ideal Husbandby Oscar Wilde
Directed by Richard Jaques
Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 March
The Lion & Unicorn Theatre

1. Auditions

Date: 14th, 15th & 16th January. Please come on whichever day suits you Time: 6.30pm (we will start promptly!)
Venue: Clean Break Studios, 2 Patshull Road, Kentish Town, NW5 2LB. The nearest tube is Kentish Town
Recalls will be on Saturday 18th January from 10.30am to 2.30pm. You will be called on Friday 17th if we’d like to see you again.

2. Show Dates

We’ll be performing from Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd March at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town. The shows will start at 7.30pm and you’ll need to be at the theatre at least an hour beforehand. The dress rehearsal will be on Monday 17th March. You will need to be free from midday onwards, possibly all day.

3. Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons/ evenings. All rehearsals will be in central London.
You will not be required to prepare anything for the audition at all. There will be some script work and readings, so the best thing to do is just be yourselves on top form.

4. Synopsis

The basic premise of ‘An Ideal Husband’ is this: Lord Goring is a London wastrel, whose closest friend is a young and well-regarded politician. Not only that, but he is considered to be an ideal husband and humanitarian as well.
When an outside and unwelcome character comes into his life however, Robert Chiltern, the politician in question, finds some dark secrets of his earlier days at risk of being exposed.
As the events unfold around Goring, he finds himself called to help, as well as to consider what makes a person truly ideal.
This production will be a modernisation of ‘An Ideal Husband’, resetting it in contemporary Russian high society – long coats and fur hats as well as pushing the subtext of autobiographic account of Oscar Wilde though Lord Goring.
This dazzling blend of farce and morality revolves around the lives of two men: a successful political figure and his philandering friend. One has a secret scandal in his past.
Although ‘An Ideal Husband’ is full of all the witticisms you’d hope for from Oscar Wilde, the subject matter is more serious than you might expect.
Penned at a time when Oscar Wilde was having an illegal relationship makes it poignant that, acceptance and forgiveness, are at the heart of the play.

5. Cast Breakdown

Sir Robert Chiltern (M 30s)

Best friends with Viscount Goring, less wealthy, but educated with Viscount Goring and knows that Viscount Goring is gay. Sir Robert is the play’s “tragic” hero, a government official who owes his success and fortune to secret scandal. Love has driven him to hide his past in the desperate hope of remaining the ideal husband to his wife. Conscious of what his success has cost him; Sir Robert suffers from a decidedly nervous and harried temperament.
Lady Gertrude Chiltern (F 20s)
Naive but dominate over her husband. Lady Chiltern embodies the Victorian new woman: upright, virtuous, educated, politically engaged, and active in her husband’s career. She is the play’s sentimental heroine, a sort of moral absolutist who worships her ideal husband and cannot brook the revelation of his secret past.
Mrs. Cheveley (F 20s – 30s)
One of the play’s wittiest and most well dressed characters, Mrs Cheveley is the vicious and opportunistic villainess, who values wealth and power above all. Mrs Cheveley is the “unnatural” union of daytime genius and night-time beauty.
Lord Goring (M 30s)
Based on Oscar Wilde, the Earl’s son, oppressed by the Earl. Of impeccable dress and inimitable wit, Lord Goring is the play’s thirty-something dandified philosopher, an idle aristocrat who serves as a thinly veiled double for Wilde himself. Irreverent, wry, and dangerously clever, Goring “plays with the world” and in doing so rejects ideals of duty, respectability, and responsibility. Lord Goring is the central character around whom all the action happens.
Mabel Chiltern (F 18s – 25s)
An exemplar of English prettiness, Mabel, Sir Robert’s younger sister, embodies what Wilde describes as the “fascinating tyranny of youth” and “astonishing courage of innocence.” Pert and clever, Mabel flirtatiously matches Lord Goring’s wit throughout the play.
Lord Caversham (M 50s – 60s)
Based on Vladimir Putin for this production, a large fella. A symbol of oppression. Father to Lord Goring, Lord Caversham, is a stuffy, serious, and respectable gentleman who is firmly opposed to the excesses of his dandified son. Continually he urges his son to marry and adopt a career, posing Sir Robert as model.
Lady Markby (F 40 – 60)
A pleasant and popular woman with “gray hair à la marquise and good lace,” Lady Markby is emblematic of an older generation of Society women, bemoaning the effect of politics and the higher education of women on married life.
Lady Basildon and Mrs. Marchmont (F 30s-40s)
They smaller roles who frivolously banter on a number of topics throughout Act I; notable ones include the dreariness of politics, being serious, education, and so on. They are perhaps more decorative than anything else, though—as the insightfulness of their conversations suggests—one can never underestimate the decorative on Wilde’s stage.
Phipps (M any age)

A “mask with a manner” who serves Lord Goring. Phipps is the ideal butler. Absolutely impassive, he reveals nothing of his intellect or emotions and “represents the dominance of form.” Phipps will also step in for other “servant” moments.