|Jenna Russell in Urinetown|
I don’t usually plug gala performances, but as Urinetown opens in the West End, I am pleased to get behind this (number) one.
It’s on Monday October 20th supporting www.Water.org, for where Urinetown is a hilarious and satirical musical set in a futuristic, dystopian society where the Earth's water supply has been depleted, therefore making private toilets unthinkable and against the law, THERE IS A REAL GLOBAL WATER CRISIS, that we, in rainy, temperate, Northern Europe, are spared.
Urinetown may be a dark comedy but the Water Crisis facts are the grimmest, bleakest of realities:
• 780 million people in the world lack access to safe water. 2.5 billion lack improved sanitation.
• 1 in 9 people don’t have safe water to drink. 1 in 4 doesn’t have a toilet.
• Every minute at least one child dies due to a water-related illness.
• More people in the world have access to a mobile phone than a toilet.
This special gala performance celebrates the beginning of a long-term fundraising collaboration between Urinetown and Water.org. Urinetown will be donating proceeds from the gala to the nonprofit organization, as well as providing ongoing support in conjunction with its West End run.
“Water.org welcomes Urinetown’s support to share our vision of a world where everyone has access to safe drinking water and can experience the dignity of a toilet,” says Water.org co-founder Gary White…
…whilst Jamie Lloyd, the show’s acclaimed director adds “The best sort of theatre engages directly with the world. It may be great fun, but it should also be vital and apposite, and perhaps, instigate a broader discussion. Urinetown’s dystopian future does not have to be a prediction unless we make it so. We are delighted that the production can assist the mission of Water.org whilst keeping its audience laughing along the way.”
Tickets for the Gala range from a very reasonable £29.50, through to a £125 premium splash, that gets you into the afterparty too. If it wasn’t such a bargain, you’d think they were taking the piss!!
You can buy the tickets here: