One week in July 2005. London feels like the centre of the world.
Pornography is the stark and shattering play by Simon Stephens that captures Britain as it crashes from the euphoria and promise of the 2012 Olympics announcement into the devastation of 7/7.
Written in reaction to the events that occurred that fatal day, Pornography offers a kaleidoscopic view of London through 7 different seemingly unrelated stories, from an angry racist teenager besotted with his teacher, to a pair of siblings that enter into an incestuous relationship, and eventually one of the bombers himself on his final journey.
“Stephens observes his characters with an almost forensic detachment and yet he makes us love them too. A play of grace and terror.” The Guardian.
Sedos presents Pornography, by Simon Stephens
Teacher – Paul Caira
Student – Sarah Ratner
Sibling – Alex Woolley
Sibling – Minnie Walker
Elderly Lady – Liz Stevens
Bomber – Dewaine Barrett
Working Mum – Bex Parker-Smith
Jason – Alex Marlow
Director: Chris Davis
Producer: Madhia Hussain
Assistant director: Alastair Norton
Pornography, by Simon Stephens
The Bridewell Theatre
Bride Lane Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ
With a membership of over 200, a programme of around 8 to 10 challenging fringe theatre productions every year and a reputation for West End quality in every production, Sedos are proud of their claim to be the premier amateur theatre group in London.
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. We are an unincorporated association run by an executive committee and a registered charity (no. 1099443). We maintain a strong emphasis not only on member participation but also on excellence, as the reputation of the society grows within the community.
A Potted History
The Society was founded in 1905 by a group of senior members of the Stock Exchange led by Charles Dickinson and Cyril Bathurst who formed the Dramatic and Operatic Society. Their principal aims were twofold:
To take advantage of the great variety of stage talent they saw scattered around the house, and:
To use what was no doubt an actual extension of the virtuoso talent employed by the members on the trading floor at the time to raise funds for charity.
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.