In case you don’t know what The Anaphylaxis Campaign is, it’s an organisation set up by David Reading after his daughter sadly passed away after having an Anaphylactic attack. The campaign now strives to provide support, advice and training to people with severe life threatening allergies, their family, friends and carers.
If you haven’t heard of WordTheatre before, it’s an American company that holds event where interesting, new and unheard short stories are performed by talented actors and actresses. I always find it a treat to be read stories, but to hear them performed in front of you and watch the actors living the story was a totally new experience for me. I loved every minute of it. I laughed, I gasped, I cried. The stories were all very different but all thought provoking, funny and disturbing in different measures. That’s how I think they should be. A good short story takes you with it so you can see what the writer wants you to see and experience the story in your own way. A great one leaves you wanting more and wondering what happens next.
This WordTheatre event took place at Adam Street, a private club hidden under The Strand in London and for someone not normally invited to private clubs it was interesting, slightly daunting and definitely a great night out.
The readers were all brilliant actors who performed each contemporary short story live. Proceeds went to the Anaphylaxis Campaign, the only UK wide charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe allergies. Well done Carey for addressing the crowd and explaining what The Anaphylaxis Campaign was all about.
The evening featured:
- Alastair Mackenzie (Monarch of the Glen)
- Damien Molony (Hal on Being Human)
- David Soul (the original Starsky and Hutch)
- Diana Vickers (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice on the West End)
- Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon on Game of Thrones)
…all of whom were mingling about the club and chatting to all the guests. It was hosted by John Schwab & Kirsty Peart and produced and directed by Cedering Fox.
From left to right Gethin Anthony, Diana Vickers, John Schwab, Cedering Fox, Alistair Mackenzie, David Soul, Ellie Smith and Damien Malony. Yes ladies – well worth it just for the totty! (I hope I’ve got your names right – please correct me if I haven’t)
I have to mention Ella Smith, not listed in the official line up. She was one of our favourites from the whole night. The story she read, about a book with no words, really came alive and it was her wit, composure and timing that made it so much fun to listen to.
The other story which really stood out for me was a real life tale from John Schwab, one of the evening’s hosts, who read his own personal story about the roller coaster evening his three year old son ate cashew nuts and had an Anaphylactic attack whilst they were on holiday. He had previously eaten nuts without any problems. This was his first anaphylactic attack. He nearly died, but thanks to the doctors and quick thinking of a lady who had an EpiPen at their hotel, he survived.
John now supports The Anaphylaxis Campaign and was instrumental in organising this fundraising event, with WordTheatre and Carey Ledford of The Anaphylaxis Campaign.
Thank you John, Cedering, Carey and all the lovely actors for bringing the stories to life.