Congratulations to the cast of our Hallowe’en Show, Night Night, Sleep Tight, performing at the Barons Court Theatre, 27 – 31 October 2015:
Sharita Oomeer – Siri (The Sorcerer’s App) and Anna (Lock up your Skeletons) Sophia Speakman – Mary (The Sorcerer’s App) and Ella (Fragile) Sarah Ratner – Ana (Fragile), Michelle (While you were sleeping) & Rose (Lock up your Skeletons) Franki Georghiou – Judith (Lock up your skeletons) and Cilla (Fragile) Henry Williams – Snow White (The Assassination Club) and Jack (Simple Jack) Stephen Lucas – Lenny (The Assassination Club), Jasper (Fragile) and Blue (Lock up your Skeletons) Clive Eliot – Mr Ogre (Simple Jack) and The Clown Richard Copperwaite – Christopher (While you were sleeping) and Al (The Sorcerer’s App) Bernard Brennan – Rose Red (The Assassination Club) and Tomas (Fragile) Abby Still – Mrs G (Fragile) and Mums (Simple Jack)
Biedermann – Adam Moulder Adam has done a couple of KDC shows in the last few years starting with The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui back in 2009. Since then he’s acted, sung and danced for SEDOS, Centre Stage, Putney Arts and Tower Theatre. The challenge of becoming Gottlieb Biederman is one he is relishing and the dark, powerful play that is The Arsonists has been great fun to bring to the stage. When not acting Adam can be found producing programmes for BT Sport.
Babette – Alannah King This is Alannah’s second play with KDC, after playing Amanda in George Bernard Shaw’s Apple Cart before Christmas. She is excited to be playing Babette and hopes you enjoy the show.
Eisenring – Martin Hojeberg Born in Stockholm, moved to London cuz the popo was after me. Fifth full play, second in English, first with KDC. Appreciates a southern breeze, stroking pigeons and the fresh smell of petrol in the morning.
Schmitz – James McKendrick This is James’s first appearance for KDC and follows two productions this year for Woodhouse in The Tempest and Interview, the latter winning the award for best play at the Waltham Forest Festival. Other acting credits include The Acid Test (Jim Bank), Glengarry Glen Ross (Shelley Levene), Largo Desolato (Leopold Nettles) and Separate Tables (John Malcolm). He has directed Two and Bed for Woodhouse and Road and Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off for Network Theatre. He has also performed at the Edinburgh, Brighton and Prague Fringe Festivals and in productions that transferred to the Orange Tree Theatre and Riverside Studios
Anna – Fanny Klefelt
This is Aoife’s second KDC production and first time being a toga wearing firefighter! Aoife loves how all the fun and frolics in rehearsals comes together to make for a very entertaining show. Enjoy!
Chris O’Dea The Arsonists is Chris’ third outing with KDC after performances in Hamlet and The Butler Didn’t Do It. Fortunately, his pastimes don’t include setting fire to things, but he is a fan of a cup of tea and a good book, and he has done other amateur drama work you’ve probably – actually, the word should be thankfully – never heard of. Fun Fact: he has a degree in English Literature and Drama and Theatre Studies from Aberystwyth University.
Clodagh developed a love of drama at young age when she was sent to Speech and drama classes in the hope that she would learn to pronounce her “TH”s properly! This is her first performance with KDC. She has been absent from the stage for over 13 years, going out on a high playing Goldilocks in a school play! Clodagh is from Mullingar, in the heart of Ireland and has been living in London for 3 years working as an Occupational Therapist. She is thrilled to be part of the wonderfully talented cast that is The Arsonists!
Martina has returned to the theatre after a break of some years. Born in Germany, her strategy to invade the UK by stealth began back in 1996. She last appeared in Ups and Downs, a devised piece of theatre for KDC, but can’t remember when it was as she played an amnesiac. Being a true method actor, we would advise you to make yourself aware of the fire exits.
Michelle-Louise Wright This is Michelle-Louise’s second production with KDC after 2014’s Tiger at the Gates – where Troy burned down too! Other recent performances have been Fluellen in Henry V and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing (SLT). Michelle-Louise trained as an actress through LAMDA. She works as a teacher of English and Drama, shamelessly indoctrinating her students into a love of Shakespeare. Her passions include very loud rock music, real ale and visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, where she dreams of one day acting with Jamie Parker.
Poppy Cockburn Poppy is a newcomer to KDC. This year her new year’s resolution was to go to the theatre more often so she’s been very pleased to take that one big step further by being in some theatre. She hopes her performance will not be too woeful.
Director – Andy Marchant
This is Andy’s fifth time directing with KDC Theatre, but his first working with the emergency services. Previous shows directed with KDC and other companies include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (SEDOS 2008), Alfie (KDC 2010), The Trial (Tower 2010), A Number (KDC 2012) and Gormenghast (SEDOS 2013). The hunt for the NEXT darkly bonkers play begins now…
Co-Director/Producer – Katy Treble
Katy has been involved in three KDC Theatre productions to date performing on stage however this is her first time working behind the scenes. She is delighted to be working with such a hard working and amiable cast and wishes them the best of luck with their run of The Arsonists.
Incidentally she has been involved with Greeks and Firefighters… But that’s another story.
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It’s that time again, we reach out to you, our membership, on our hunt for directors, and those interested in joining a directing team for Winter 2015.
We have TWO final slots of the year to fill , and so would like you to send unto us your pitches. We like to see pitches with 7/8 roles at a minimum, and as even a male/female split as possible. Obviously the size of space needs to be taken into consideration as well, so possibly leave your vision for a KDC production of Cats out this time! Other than that we are VERY open to hearing about those plays which you love, and would love to see KDC Theatre put on.
At the same time this is the moment to get in touch if you want to try your hand at Assistant Directing/producing/stage managing/design.
As a heads up, the dates for our Winter Season, (all of which are a MUST for directors) are:
Thu 13 August – Newcomers
Mon 17 – Wed 19 August – Auditions for week 1 and Halloween week (recalls on Saturday 22)
Tue 15, Wed 16 September – Auditions for the final show (recalls on Saturday 19)
Tue 20 Oct – Sat 24 Oct – Week 1 Show, Barons Court (get in Sunday and Monday)
Tue 17 – Sat 21 Nov – Week 2 Show, Rosemary Branch (get in Sunday and Monday)
We would ideally like our final show of the year to be a grand affair… something to send off 2015 with a bit of a bang…
What we need you to do is send a pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 5 July – you can pitch up to three plays to us, and we will meet people in the week commencing 13 July (the week after our Summer Season production of The Arsonists).
This is Howard’s first involvement with KDC, and he is very excited to be involved. Howard acted throughout school and University, and since graduating has performed in various shows in and around London, including The Massacre at Paris (The Rose Playhouse) and The Troublesome Reign of King John with Shakespeare’s Globe (Inner Temple). This Summer he will performing in Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Matthew Jordan – Mike
Originally from Skegness, Matthew is 22 years old and work as a chef, and graduated last year from Royal Holloway, University of London with a degree in politics where he also acted in several productions.
Ben Antoniades – The Waiter
Ben is currently at college studying for a Level 3 diploma in Drama where he has just finished his first year. He used to be in PQA (Pauline Quirke Academy) where he performed in the show Bugsy Malone playing Fat Sam. He is also currently performing in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, alongside his duties as the Waiter.
Frances McGonigle – Paige
This is Frances’ first KDC performance and she is excited to bring the role of the neurotic Paige to life. Frances is a member of South London Theatre, where she has performed in Henry V and Timon of Athens. While studying drama at university, she performed in another juicy role as Eve from Neil Labutes “The shape of Things”. Frances now works in education where she teaches drama workshops and interactive storytelling. She is very much looking forward to being back on stage this summer.
Jess Anderson – Wynne
Jess loves to talk about herself in the third person. She likes long walks on the beach, is partial to a profiterole and will happily take payment for autographs in the form of gin after the show. Oh go on, Jess dares you.
Charlie Bailey – Hal
Charlie has been training with ‘W1Workshops’ for the past two years and plans to apply for Drama School in the near future. Credits Include: Ajax in ‘Tiger & The Gates’, Reggie in ‘The Accrington Pals’ & ‘Mismatched’. He has immensely enjoyed working with the Cast & Creative Team of this production.
Anna Tsekouras – Siân
It’s only thanks to her day job as a magazine editor and journalist that Anna has been kept from performing for her favourite theatre company, KDC. Having studied Drama at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia, while balancing a degree in Law and Psychology (then followed by a quarter life crisis and career change into journalism) – she has always been drawn back to the stage, preferring the job tittle of “starving artist” to “overpaid lawyer”. Trained in dance and movement, she has performed in a string of theatre productions (Macbeth; The Crucible) and has also featured in TV (Under the Cover) as well as presenting various lifestyle and entertainment TV segments back in Oz. She is now thrilled to be back and performing with KDC in this killer comedy.