Dangerous Liaisons

By KIMBERLY BARKER and TOM LEONARD

An original dance adaptation

15-19 October 2019

CAST

MERTEUIL | Peter Stonnell
GERCOURT | Hannah Roberts
VALMONT | Olivier Namet
TOURVEL | Lisa Eastman
CECILE | Rachel Savage
DANCENY | Wing Ho Lin
VOLANGE | Claire Pattie

Mary Bennett
Hannah Bryant
Tim Garrad
Alexandra Harbon
David Meany
Verity Richards
Tallulah Skeete

CREATIVE TEAM

DEVISED, DIRECTED and CHOREOGRAPHED BY | Kimberly Barker and Tom Leonard
PRODUCER | Clare Harding
STAGE MANAGER | Matt Hudson
CREATIVE DESIGN | Robert J. Stanex
LIGHTING DESIGN | Olly Levett
SOUND DESIGN | Adam Coppard
FILM PRODUCTION and CREATIVE CONSULTANT | Olivier Namet
CREATIVE CONSULTANT | Dan Saunders
PHOTOGRAPHY | Michael Smith

As a long-time fan of Sedos, I was excited to be able to attend the first night of their first full dance production… Rest assured, my expectations were exceeded on both counts as the evening unfolded into a masterclass of dramatic contemporary dance which fully captured the themes of seduction and revenge of the original play. Each Sedos season showcases a range of plays and musicals, from popular, well-loved classics to lesser-known and newer works which can challenge both cast and audience. Their weekly Sedance class obviously attracts enthusiastic and highly competent dancers, and the decision to use this to add a new artform to their repertoire was brilliant and will hopefully herald more in the future. I can only add that they have set the bar very high with this one… It was a fantastic experience to be in the performance space with the dancers, feeling their every breath, absorbing their energy and watching the skill of their performance. Congratulations to everyone involved for the faith in what you were creating - you achieved what you set out to do with bells on!

A performance of this style is incredibly ambitious for any professional dance troop. What makes this more impressive is that an amateur dramatics society created all of this. Sedos are known for their incredibly high-quality shows, but Dangerous Liaisons has put them on a whole different level. This production with these incredible performers would not be out of place on a West End stage.

The dancing is gorgeous, athletic and very expressive. The performance space is tiny, so you are up close and personal with the dancers/actors, and they absolutely carry you along with the story… Sedos is an amateur company, but there is nothing amateurish about this show – it’s ambitious, clever and exciting, but also beautifully economical and precise.

Bridewell Theatre

  • Tuesday 15 October 2019 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 16 October 2019 7.30pm
  • Thursday 17 October 2019 7.30pm
  • Friday 18 October 2019 7.30pm
  • Saturday 19 October 2019 3.00pm
  • Saturday 19 October 2019 6.00pm