West End Eurovision rocks the Dominion

We always aim to put as much fun into our fundraising events as we can, and West End Eurovision is some of the campest, cheesiest fun you will ever have. Now in its fifth year, West End Eurovision has gone from strength to strength since it first arrived on the theatre scene back in 2008 and has raised thousands of pounds for the charity, all of which helps us in the work that we do.

Every year, we never fail to be amazed by the extraordinary efforts of the shows taking part and last Thursday was no exception. The spirit of Eurovision was there in full force on the night, with a multitude of catchy numbers and some wonderfully inspired performances from everyone involved. There can only be one winner though and, in their debut appearance, it was the cast of Sweeney Todd who took the trophy home as West End Eurovision 2012 champions. They pulled out all the stops in their performance of Michael Ball’s 1992 UK entry ‘One Step Out of Time’ with cast member Matthew Gent giving an outstanding imitation of Ball in his chart-topping days. The surprise appearance of the demon barber himself had the audience on their feet as he stalked his young challenger with his razor, before ‘slitting’ Gent’s throat and grabbing the microphone to take over the performance. The icing on the cake was the extra addition of Imelda Staunton (Mrs Lovett) who dragged Gent’s ‘corpse’ from the stage with the parting shot, “It was 20 years ago Michael, get over it!” The deadly duo were then called back onstage to clean the ‘blood’ from the stage.

It was a very deserving win for the Sweeney Todd company, who also walked away with the award for ‘Best Creative Entry’. It was repeat attenders Les Miserables who went home with the ‘Best Ident’ award for their brilliantly funny ‘Actors Rags To Sequins Eurovision Dream’ film, courtesy of cast members Scott Garnham and Adam Linstead.

There were some unfortunate technical issues which hounded the evening, but hosts Gaby Roslin and John Partridge did a superb job of carrying the event through, with our celebrity judge Kerry Ellis stepping in during the end-of-night voting process with an impromptu performance of ‘Somebody To Love’ which brought the house down.

As ever, The Make A Difference Trust are immensely appreciative of the support that people continue to show us. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event’s fifth anniversary the highly entertaining and successful night that it was and hope to see you all again for West End Eurovision 2013!

Written by Steven Inman — May 03, 2012

A fabulous evening of fun, fashion and flesh

September 5th once again saw stars of stage and screen descended on London’s legendary Cafe de Paris for a bold fundraising event, West End Bares 2011, which saw some of the West End’s hottest performers get their kit off for The Make A Difference Trust.

Hosted by TV’s top fashion guru, Gok Wan – famous for his expert styling in dressing ordinary people up as well as making them look good naked – the event involved around 80 of theatreland’s finest performers and technicians. The unique production combined the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle dazzle of the West End and was billed “a night of fun, flesh and fashion”. A packed crowd turned out for two shows and a fabulous after party and has already raised in excess of £42,000 from the event.

This annual extravaganza was co-hosted by TV and stage star; Sheridan Smith and an array of other celebrity guests rallied to offer their support, including Paul O’Grady, Matt Evers and Chloe Madeley.

Written by Steven Inman — December 15, 2011

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