In Praise of Sedos
Sedos isn't necessarily the first name which springs to mind when one thinks of London theatre. Lagging well behind more storied names, the organisation nevertheless is an important and vibrant part of the Capital's theatrical landscape.
Founded in 1905, the organisation works to give amateur performers the opportunity to act in a distinguished theatre just off Fleet Street. The acting and producing membership includes an eclectic mix from all over London but maintains strong links with the City via its members from investment banks, law firms, brokers, the Exchanges and many other financial and city based firms.
With the exception of brief intermissions during the two World Wars, since then the Society has presented musical and dramatic productions of all kinds and in so doing raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for a variety of charities. At its height the Society mounted four large-scale productions each year at the Scala Theatre attended by members of the Royal family and employed a full-time general secretary.
Their current Summer Festival season has featured a production of Lucy Prebble's acclaimed 'Enron', is currently showing Neil LaBute's typically unsettling collection of car-based shorts 'Autobahn', and will conclude with 'A Man of No Importance' by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens & Terrence McNally.
Having seen Autobahn last night, we can confidently say that the quality of performance is streets ahead of what might normally be associated with amateur productions - go and take a look at the rest of their programme, and support one of London's most interesting theatrical initiatives.