Charity sets record to aid sweatshop workers

3 May 2012 - 5:01pm
Press release

Tim Minchin leads £23,000 gig success for War on Want

Only hours after collecting a coveted drama prize, rock singer-jester Tim Minchin led another triumph in a landmark May Day comedy show for the anti-poverty charity War on Want.

Minchin headlined a gig on International Workers Day which raised over £23,000 – the best-ever show yield for the charity - to back exploited people overseas supplying clothes, flowers, tea, fruit and wine to British stores.

Earlier that day the UK-born Australian received the theatre gong in the South Bank Sky Arts Awards given to the musical Matilda - for which he composed and wrote the lyrics - just weeks since its record seven Olivier honours.

The 900-strong audience – the biggest yet for this annual War on Want fixture – for the first time occupied all the venue's three upper tiers.

The star-studded event at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire was compered by Alistair Barrie, a Cutting Edge team member at the Comedy Store, who writes the West End show No Pressure to be Funny.

It also featured Iranian standup Shappi Khorsandi, actor-turned-comic Andi Osho and Doc Brown, younger brother of novelist Zadie Smith, together with Time Out prizewinner Robin Ince and cabaret musical duo Frisky and Mannish.

The other entertainers were Kevin Eldon - who starred in Brass Eye, Hot Fuzz and Nighty Night – Chortle awards winner Seann Walsh, Royal Variety star and Perrier nominee Hal Cruttenden, and newcomer Graham Wilde.

In addition, proceeds from the show will benefit the charity's other campaigns and overseas work.

Duncan Wilbur, communications and fundraising director at War on Want, said: “We cannot thank enough all the performers and supporters who made the gig such a spectacular hit. The money raised will enable us to strengthen our solidarity alongside workers battling for justice.”

CONTACT: Paul Collins, War on Want media officer (+44) (0)20 7324 5054 or (+44) (0)7983 550728

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