On Sunday 23rd February there was a fantastic buzz in the West End as stars of the stage and their avid fans gathered for the 14th annual WhatsonStage Awards. The Big Issue Foundation seized their opportunity to be in the spotlight with two vendors having pitches outside the event and a strong Foundation presence in the theatre.
Haydn Gwynne, winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Play, was one of the first performers to have taken part in Stage Swap. Haydn took to the stage and spoke about her experience on the streets and the work of The Big Issue Foundation, encouraging others to get involved. Watch Haydn's speech at the event.
The evening was a fantastic success for the Foundation. We had some great interest in Stage Swap with individuals such as the presenters, Mel Giedroyc and Rufus Hound, Rupert Grint and cast members of The Book of Mormon saying they would like to take part and members of the audience signing up for updates. Sign up for Stage Swap.
The evening was also about fundraising and an enthusiastic team from The Big Issue Foundation were selling raffle tickets to the generous audience and running a bucket collection at the end of the show. In total, including a donation from programme sales, the event raised almost £2,000 for The Big Issue Foundation. This funding will go directly to providing practical support for our 400 vendors in London.
We’d like to thank the following for their generous support which contributed to a very successful evening:
Cameron Mackintosh, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera
And the producers of the following productions:
Ghost Stories, The Woman in Black, The 39 Steps, Jersey Boys, Another Country, Wicked London Production Limited, The Bodyguard