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Deborah Frances-White to host evening of music and comedy in aid of the victims of the Australian bushfires

The Power of Humanity

Preview by Jack Foley

AN evening of music and comedy is being held at London’s Clapham Grand from 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, in aid of the victims of the Australian bushfires.

The evening will be hosted by Deborah Frances-White, of The Guilty Feminist podcast, and will offer two hours of entertainment, featuring the best of London’s stand-up scene and the glittering West End.

Tickets are £25 (booking fee has now been waived by DICE ticketing agency) and are available from here

The evening features performances from…

Juliette Burton: award-winning comedian, writer, presenter and winner of Voice Magazine Pick of the Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Spirit of the Fringe Award at Bedfringe for her show Butterfly Effect.

Yuriko Kotani: UK-based Japanese comedian and the BBC Radio New Comedy Award winner.

Alexis Dubus: English alternative comedian and actor known for his French alter ego Marcel Lucont.

Dusty Limits: Australian-born legendary cabaret artiste.

Sikisa: BBC New Comedy Award finalist, diva, ambitious, funny woman, dancer/choreographer.

Dr Naomi Paxton: Dr Naomi Paxton is an award-winning performer, writer, broadcaster, and researcher and creator of cabaret act Ada Campe.

Dan Koek: Australian born West End star and the youngest man ever to play the title role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

DRAGPROV: RuPaul’s glamour meets ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ style improvised comedy.

Scummy Mummies: comedy duo that host the award-winning fortnightly podcast ‘Scummy Mummies’ and perform stand-up comedy shows to sell-out audiences around the UK. “Likeably straight-talking” – The Telegraph.

More acts will be announced over the coming weeks.

The Clapham Grand have donated the venue free of charge and ticketing company DICE have waived all booking fees.

Please note the appearance of any one particular performer is not guaranteed.

Ally Wolf, Venue Manager of The Clapham Grand, commented: “The Clapham Grand has provided a home for the Australian Community in London for decades, from hosting the legendary CHURCH events, to all-night AFL final screenings, movie nights and the annual Australia Day party and we are honoured to be able to host The Power Of Humanity Fundraiser. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with everyone affected, many of whom have become colleagues and friends of ours.”

Facts about the Australian Bushfires

The Australian bushfires have now been burning since September 2019 and have burned an estimated 72,000 square miles, destroyed over 5,900 buildings (including around 2,683 homes), caused around $36.5 million in damages and killed at least 29 people. An estimated 1 billion animals have been killed and some of the more endangered species may now have been driven to extinction.

Despite the substantial loss of property and life, the Australian fire services have managed to save over 16,000 properties and countless lives from the direct impact of the raging fires.