Story by Jack Foley
AS PART of its ongoing centenary season, SEDOS, the City-based
non-professional drama group, has lined up a number of summer
and winter events.
From June 21 - 25, 2005, SEDOS will be back at the Bridewell
Theatre to present The Eurosedos Song Contest 2005: the
This original concept, produced and directed by Deryck High,
will see live performances of everyone's favourite Eurovision
winning songs by the international artists themselves in original
language and costume.
Hosted by Katie Koyle and Terry Wagon, the audience will be invited
to cast their votes on a giant scoreboard and decide who will
be the winner that night.
It promises to be an unmissable night of fun. For the avoidance
of doubt, in the absence of the original artists being available,
alternative performers may be substituted.
In August, two one-act plays, Sexual Perversity in Chicago
and Six Degrees of Separation will transfer
from The Union Theatre, in London, to the Edinburgh Festival.
Controversial, provocative and bitingly funny, David Mamet's
classic 1974 play Sexual Perversity in Chicago is a play
about four young people looking for love.
The Chicago singles scene is a hotbed of opportunity for Danny
and his friend, Bernie, two red-blooded males playing the mating
and dating game.
Bars, libraries, beaches –
they'll go anywhere that the women are – the very places
frequented by smart girls like Joan and Deborah.
John Guare has created a witty, creative, funny and tragic play
with his Six Degrees of Separation.
When a young man enters the Fifth Avenue home of Flanders and
Ouisa Kittredge claiming to be a friend of their children and
son of actor Sidney Poitier, the couple is charmed by his manners,
wit and intelligence.
When the Kittredges discover the 'Paul' isn't all he claims to
be, they find themselves stuck between embarrassment and fascination.
Finally, in November, Jack the Ripper, the critically
acclaimed musical mystery thriller based upon the true and compelling
facts of the 1888 murders in London's East End, will be performed
at Wiltons Music Hall.
The key word underlying every aspect of the story, both factual
and fictional, is 'passion': The passion of lovers… the
passion of unrequited love… the passion that underlies obsessively
brutal murders… the passion of terror such murders evoke.
Operatic in scope, Dickensian in nature, this is no musical comedy.
Rather call it a musical drama that delves deeply into the nature
of a shockingly callous society, where the poor are consigned
to squalor and members of the wealthy nobility are indifferent
unless they are made to look bad.
Other events in the centenary season include workshops throughout
the year on various themes and, in November, the SEDOS Moulin
Rouge Ball, which will be held in aid of the society's 2005 charity,
To find out more about SEDOS and its centenary programme, whether
to attend the shows, participate in the workshops or get involved
with the society, visit www.sedos.co.uk