Northeastern students support those fleeing war-torn Ukraine

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North East Performing Arts Students are donating all proceeds from their upcoming cabaret show to support families fleeing war in Ukraine.

Every year, second year students at the University of Sunderland put on a cabaret show at a city center venue as part of their performing arts degree.

Showcasing the students’ talents in comedy, music and burlesque, the fundraising party this year takes place at The Peacock in High Street West.

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In previous years, all money raised from the annual cabaret event is plowed back into funding other student performances, but this year, in response to the plight of millions of Ukrainians crossing borders to safety, the students decided that the money should go to charities supporting those affected by the war.

The show will take place on Tuesday, April 5.

Paula Zbrehova, a student from Czechoslovakia, who will star in the show, said: “Our reason for turning this cabaret into a fundraising event is that we want to use our platform to support people who are suffering and losing their homes because of the war.

UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND.” alt=”The Northern Echo: Showcasing students’ talents in comedy, music and burlesque, the fundraising party this year takes place at The Peacock in High Street West. Photo: UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND.” class=”editor-image”/>Showcasing the students’ talents in comedy, music and burlesque, the fundraising party this year takes place at The Peacock in High Street West. Photo: UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND.

“We can’t imagine what it must be like to leave everything you know and have behind and race around in different countries where you don’t speak the language and don’t know the people.

“While we were creating this piece somewhere on the other side of Europe, someone had to fight for their life. That’s why we want to dedicate this show to everyone who lived through war.

L'Écho du Nord: The show will take place on Tuesday, April 5th.  Photo: UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND.The show will take place on Tuesday, April 5. Photo: UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND.

Dr. Adelle Hulsmeier, lecturer in performing arts and head of the screen performance program at the university, added: “The cabaret show always features high-level creative work from the students.

“The work asks the audience to question some of the political situations we face in our society today; it’s done with humor but it’s simultaneously and innovatively thought-provoking.

“This is probably one of the best-placed modules on the fundraising degree for such a worthy cause. We commend students for their hard work, dedication and maturity in approaching complex issues.”

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