London’s National Theatre is hosting an evening of poetry readings from Allie Esiri’s bestselling poetry anthologies to raise money for the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Esiri will lead an evening of poetry which journeys through the calendar year, reflecting the changing seasons and linking to events on key dates during the year. Poems will be read on the Olivier stage by actors including Tom Hiddleston (“Coriolanus”Loki”), Asa Butterfield (“Sex Education”), Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù (“Gangs of London”), Kate Fleetwood (“King Lear”) and Ukranian actor Dária Plahtíy (“Battle for Sevastopol”) as well as a pre-recorded reading from Helena Bonham Carter.
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The actors will be joined by illustrator Chris Riddell who will be live drawing on stage at the event.
All donations on the evening donated directly to the DEC. DEC charities and their local partners are working to meet the immediate needs of all people who have fled their homes with food, water, medical assistance, protection and trauma care.
Esiri’s newest poetry anthology, “A Nursery Rhyme for Every Night of the Year,” is published by Pan Macmillan on March 23. Esiri will be donating profits from the sale of all her poetry collections on the night to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Esiri said, “Poetry can stop and make us think and feel. About love, loss, hope – and our shared experiences as humans. That is the aim of this Poetry for Every Day of the Year event which I am honored to host: to reach out in solidarity to the brave people of Ukraine through the beauty of words, brought to life on stage at our beloved National Theatre by an extraordinary cast of actors. My hope is that the evening will be filled with as much laughter as tears, and that you will leave full of hope for the people of this war-torn nation. In return, we ask that you donate as generously as you can to the Ukraine appeal so that, in some small way at least, our words may become actions in the fight against oppression.”
The fundraiser will take place on March 17.
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