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One-off gala to commemorate victims of Orlando attack

The event, called Response to... the Orlando Attack, will take place on June 25 at the St James Theatre. Photo: Flickr
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The St James Theatre is to host an evening of performances in response to the recent attack in Orlando.

Described as a response by the artistic community to the shooting, the event will be held to remember the 49 people that lost their lives, and those that were injured, in the nightclub attack in Florida.

The performance – which takes place in the St James’ studio – will feature new work written in direct response to the events on June 12, as well as existing texts and musical performances.

The one-off gala is being presented by Theatre Renegade, whose artistic director Ryan Forde Iosco said: “As we all struggle to understand the unspeakable horror, we are coming together as an artistic community to raise our voices; in memory, in protest, in solidarity. As a company we feel incredibly angered, frustrated and saddened by the attack that took place on June 12 to the LGBTQ community in Orlando. I couldn’t simply stand by and let this pass without doing something when so many of us feel affected by this tragedy.”

The gala, called Response to… the Orlando Attack, features work from playwrights including Camilla Whitehill, Tristan Bernays and Christopher Adams. Directors involved include Lucy Atkinson, Josh Roache and Eleanor Rhode.

The event will take place at the St James on June 25, with all profits donated to LGBTQ charity Stonewall.

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