Thursday, 10. October 2013 12:48
Start the month as you mean to go on… with a horrific hangover!
It’s the morning after the annual Westend Bares show at Cafe du Paris and as I nurse a sore head (praying that the goodness of green tea might aid my recovery), I can only assume it was a monumental night. When I end up at a Casino, (still with smoky eye make-up applied!), it’s pretty safe to say its been an occasion of epic proportion.
Having been involved in every Westend Bares production since its first circa. 2010 – it is evident that the production gets bigger and better every year, whilst the outfits get considerably smaller. The quality of this year’s show titled All the Fun of the Bear was outstanding, London’s Westend put on a show to be proud of.
Darren Carnell runs the UK shows on behalf of Jerry Mitchell, the brainchild of Broadway Bares, which celebrates its 21st birthday this year. The performances on both sides of the pond raises money for HIV & AIDS charities. In the UK, alongside TheatreMAD (the make a difference trust), last years Westend show raised in excess of £30,000.
This year we were treated to carousel horses, sideshow freaks, bearded ladies and clowns, amongst others. As always the event was well supported by celebrities – Robyn Windsor, Jane McDonald, Lisa Riley and Brian Conley all doing their bit for the cause. The volunteers all contribute to the occasion with their generous welcome and incredible enthusiasm and relentless energy. Right from the welcome at the front door until the blurry goodbyes – this must surely be one of the most fun ways to support a worthy charity?
As the tension rose back stage the amount of glitter and body oil was enough to rival Rue Paul’s hen do. The crowd eager for flesh, we downed our obligatory pre-show tequila shots, tensed our stomachs and entered the stage, I had my usual thought – ‘I can’t do this again next year’!
But I always do – as long as things aren’t travelling too far south, I always will.
To next year and another shed load of money being raised for a good cause. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for a special Christmas show that (might) return(s) after a successful debut at The Box nightclub last festive season. You can also show your support by buying this years Westend Bares calendar, featuring a mind blowing amount of flesh available online and in Prowler Stores. Jack Jefferson.