Soho Cinders – a Sedos Production at the Bridewell Theatre, London
Sedos Dress Rehearsal
Soho Cinders - A Satirical Musical
Sedos is London’s leading amateur theatre company. Following the enormous success of their recent award-winning productions of Earthquakes in London, Urinetown and Pippin, Sedos now gives us Soho Cinders. This satirical musical features music by George Stiles, with lyrics and a book by Anthony Drewe and co-author Elliot Davis.
Composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe are the award-winning musical theatre and writing partnership responsible for new stage versions of Honk, Betty Blue Eyes, Half a Sixpence, Travels with my Aunt, Wind in the Willows, Mary Poppins and many more.
This show is full of memorable numbers such as You Shall Go to the Ball, I'm So over Men, Gypsies of the Ether and so many others. According to Mark Shenton of The Stage “Soho Cinders is packed with the best songs Stiles and Drewe have yet written, driving character, plot and wit in perfect harmony.”
Cinders in Soho
Set in the heart of London’s most controversial and colourful neighbourhood, this raunchy comedy is loosely based on the traditional folk tale Cinderella.
Cinderella is replaced by impoverished student Robbie. He has found a rather unorthodox way of paying his way through college and is involved in an illicit affair with aspiring politician James Prince. When their contrasting worlds clash, Robbie’s controlling step-sisters are the least of his problems, as he and James are forced to fight for their own fairy-tale ending. The story explores contemporary political events, sex-scandals and true love.
The musical’s edgy humour exists on several levels. Sedos expertly bring out the very adult humour as well as some very poignant moments of childlike innocence.
Perfect Harmony – Director Angus Jacobs Speaks Exclusively to Frances Spiegel
Through exciting and challenging choreography, simple but extremely effective set design, and outstanding vocals, Sedos has certainly created “perfect harmony”.
But just how exactly does a show like this happen? Director Angus Jacobs has a long and interesting history with this company having directed several Sedos shows including Hot Mikado and Viktor Victoria. He spoke to Frances Spiegel about Soho Cinders.
FS: What inspired you to direct this show?
Angus: Ryan Macaulay (Musical Director) introduced me to the sound track about 3 years ago and suggested it might be a good show for me to direct. I fell in love with the songs almost instantly, and then once I’d read the script and saw how funny and poignant it is ... that was it, a done deal I just needed the opportunity in the Sedos season!
FS: I well remember Hot Mikado and Viktor Victoria, two outstanding Sedos productions, each with its own very special challenges. What are the main challenges in a show like Soho Cinders?
Angus: I think one of the biggest challenges with this show is that everyone knows Cinderella and instantly thinks ‘pantomime’ but Soho Cinders is much more than that - there are indeed the larger than life characters but you also need to ensure the realism is there too ... it’s a fine line.
FS: What special qualities were you looking for at the auditions?
Angus: I really wanted a cast who could tell the story, and who I ‘believed’. Of course, you want them to sing, dance and act, but you also need that little extra something that tugs on the heart string, and they must enjoy themselves!
FS: Do you have a particular “A-ha” moment when something that might have seemed insurmountable suddenly fell into place?
Angus: Over the years there have been many, but I think the biggest ‘a-ha’ moments are when you talk things through with your creative team, and allow your imagination to run riot and within all that craziness something wonderful is created and a problem or challenge solved.
Soho Cinders - Dress Rehearsal Image
Another Outstanding Show
Superb vocals and lively choreography combined with tight teamwork have come together to create another outstanding production. Hopefully, this will bring another prize to add to Sedos’ increasing clutch of awards.
And More to Come...
Sedos put on around 8-10 productions every year. The programme for the rest of the year includes:
- Arms and the Man – 17th-21st September
- Dangerous Liaisons – 15th-19th October
- Ragtime – 20th – 30th November
If you’re interested in amateur performance then Sedos is a very good society to join. Professional in all but name, the society offers plenty of opportunities to learn new skills in every aspect of production. The company also enjoys a lively social scene. Further details can be found on their website.
Getting to the Bridewell Theatre
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