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Sedos Summer Festival 2014 - Bridewell Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS year’s Sedos Summer Festival runs at the company’s resident home, Bridewell Theatre, from July 1 to July 19.

An exciting three-week summer season, it features the return of the Eurosedos Song Contest, an Australian comedy about a reneged bunch of ageing brownies, a satirical Russian comedy about political corruption, and an evening of song and dance.

The Eurosedos Song Contest – Strictly NOT Winners, created by Deryck High and Pedro Hume-Rodriguez, runs from July 1 to July 5.

This is an original interactive show based on The Eurovision Song Contest, which has already delighted audiences twice before.

In Cahoots by Melissa Reeves runs from July 8 to July 12.

Tonight is the annual Parents and Friends evening of the First Cardwell Street Brownies. But when the new District Commissioner arrives to inspect the all-singing, semaphoring, badge-collecting Brownie Troupe, she’s not expecting spray cans, a hip flask full of whisky and a mushroom that incorporates a short wave radio.

Set in 1980s Australia, the audience and Front of House volunteers are treated as parents and friends of the Brownies in this comedic, slightly absurd play where the subversive characters are not what they seem. As the play progresses the Brownies’ true ages are revealed, their covert operation is exposed and radical secrets unfold in bizarre fashion at a ‘pow-wow’ with a difference.

The all female cast includes Fran Pilcher (as Brown Owl), Julie Dark (Commissioner), Roz Brierley (Jeanie), Fran Rafferty (Monica), Kate Cullen (Natalie), Hayley Sperring (Rhonda), Kezia Richards (Ruth) and Bethany Brinkley (Musician).

In Cahoots is directed by Emma J Leaver and has original score and musical direction by Yaron Hollander.

In Cahoots was first performed in 1989 at the Red Shed Theatre in Adelaide, Australia. This production by Sedos will be its first performance in the Northern Hemisphere.

Government Inspector, by Nikolai Gogol in a version by David Harrower, runs from July 15 to July 18 and is the first time the London preview of Sedos’ Edinburgh Fringe production has been part of the Summer Festival at the Bridewell.

Written in 1836, Gogol’s comic masterpiece was described by Vladimir Nabokov as “the greatest play in the Russian language”.

News that a government inspector is heading for a small Russian town sends its bureaucrats into a frenzy. A simple case of mistaken identity exposes the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting moral satire.

The Festival closes on July 19 with The Show Off, a riotous evening of singing and dancing devised by Tom Leonard, Kimberly Barker, Paul Cozens and Chloë Faine.

For more information or to book, visit www.sedos.co.uk/2014/summerfestival.