There has been a fundraising revolution recently at Wac Arts! Literally £1, 000s have been raised at the amazing Revolution benefit shows at the Dalston Victoria Pub in East London and the Bush Theatre in London W12. With all proceeds dedicated to Wac Arts, renowned artistes including jazz pianist Julian Joseph and actress Martina Laird share bills with emerging new talent to create wonderful evenings of entertainment.
Award winning playwright and Wac Arts alumni, Che Walker, started the Revolution nights to raise money for Wac Arts programmes whilst also celebrating the performing arts with a unique blend of music, theatre and poetry. Since they began, these very special events have consistently provided unique menus of talent. At the Dalston Vic venue, this is supplemented by the option of delicious African roast fish and rum punch – especially welcome for those who arrive early to get the best seats!
The most recent Revolution was for Mothers Day in March! A ‘Mother’s Revolution’, anyone bringing their mum received half price entry and the mums themselves admitted free! All were treated to a fantastic production of The Truant, a play written and directed by Che Walker. There were performances from Amanda Wilkin, Anoushka Lucas, Shelia Atim, Ann Mitchell and Deborah Carew, with a special appearance by rapper Akala, voted Best Hip Hop Act at the 2006 MOBOs.
In February Che directed a production of Walcott’s masterpiece poem, The Omeros Project, performed by Martina Laird, Jonathan Chambers, Brian Green, Shonel Jackson. There was also live music on the night composed and performed by Sheila Atim and friends. January’s ‘Bush Revolution’ took place at the Bush Theatre with Crazy Love, one of the two plays that earned Che his celebrated Peter Brook award. Jazz pianist, Julian Joseph played keyboards and soul legend, Omar, serenaded.
Running on a monthly basis since September 2012, Che’s Revolution nights have breathed fresh life into our ongoing fundraising for Wac Arts programmes whilst also providing fab entertainment and unique performance opportunities for the artistes themselves. Proving a firm favourite with audiences and performers alike, Revolution benefit nights represent everything that is great about Wac Arts; fantastic talent, eager to perform and share skills, a sense of common goals and the wonderful warmth that is a characteristic of everything that is Wac Arts.
From Hip Hop pioneer Jonzi D to funky carols at Christmas, from personal poetry to celebrated theatrical productions, the Revolution nights’ eclectic mix of entertainment makes for something really special every time! Join us at the next Revolution night – find the latest details on our Facebook page or call us on 020 7692 5800 for more information.