By The Committee
On the 14th July, the vibrant Miller bar opened its doors to play host to the first ever Gecko Charity Variety show. This lavish night of Eastern and Western entertainment was well-attended by a receptive audience who were kept captivated by a wide array of talented performers, including comedians, singers and dancers.
Kate Smurthwaite, our engaging and entertaining compère, indulged in some witty repartee with the audience and kept the show ticking over smoothly.
Suzi Ruffell got the show off to a great start, with her comedic spin on experiences from everyday life.
Sari-clad Kate Thomas fully embraced Sri Lankan culture with her acapella rendition of a much-loved traditional classic, Kandy Lamissi, to add to her moving repertoire of soulful ballads.
Belly-dancer, Dhiya Arora, brought the sounds and colours of the East to London, adding some cultural flair to the show with her entrancing performance.
Ali Shakura, some would say an Asian Jimmy Carr, knocked the audience out with his deadpan delivery and dry wit.
Jennifer Belander tickled the audience with her transatlantic take on life in London.
The powerful vocals of Johanna Stanton got everyone’s feet tapping to a collection of lively upbeat 50s classics.
Don Biswas, the headline act, didn’t disappoint, receiving rave reviews from the merrily tipsy audience who greatly enjoyed his heady cocktail of irreverence and self-deprecation.
Ruby Basara, exploded on stage in the guise of a typical Indian “aunty” before embodying a kaleidoscope of comical Asian characters. The Gecko committee are wholeheartedly indebted to Ruby for not only providing the inspiration for the event but for putting it together, assembling such a fantastic cast of performers.
After the success of this event, the Gecko Committee are hoping to put on another Charity Variety Show in early December. Stay tuned for more details and sneak peeks of the performances in the coming months! And if you can’t wait until then, you can find some of the performances from the last show on our YouTube channel.