We performed last week at a fundraising event for WAC (Weekend Arts College) in Belsize Park, which I was very excited to be involved in. WAC is a weekend arts college who hold really high standards of dance, music and drama workshops. They are aimed at young people, most of whom can’t afford or just don’t have access to drama, music or dance school.
I went there myself for about 4 years every weekend when I was in my early teens, and I totally loved it, so that’s why I know what an amazing creative place it is for young people! They really nurture young people and have produced loads of successful working actors/musicians/dancers.
WAC has literally had most of its funding cut so it is now relying on private donations, so events like this help enormously.
They do these nights once a month called ‘Dalston Revolution’ or ‘Bush Revolution’ and a whole bunch of professional musicians/actors do their own little slots. Previous nights had acts like Omar, Kate Tempest, Paul Heaton/Beautiful South, and Bollywood Vibes!
It was held at the Bush Theatre, which is a lovely space. The seating was all cabaret-style so it felt really intimate and informal. The audience were amazing, truly excited when we started and threw our sparkly confetti in the air, and then they were shouting “Bale balee” and singing along to Jai Ho! It makes such a difference to our performance when the audience is great fun – the more they give the more we give, so after our 10-minute performance we were exhausted!
A great night was had by all, and I really hope they raised lots of money for such a good cause.
The photo at the top of the page is of us with another of the acts, Miss Hope Springs, who was hilarious!