Music for Ukraine at Yeovil

THERE are two fund-raising concerts at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue, on 1st and 22nd April, to show solidarity and support towards the humanitarian and emergency response work in Ukraine and neighbouring countries affected by the refugee crisis.

Both events will be raising funds for School in a Bag’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal and the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. All ticket proceeds will go towards both of the charities, including bar sales and many of the theatre staff working the event have offered to donate their time.

The Octagon’s Concert for Ukraine takes place on Friday 1st April at 7:30pm. The concert will see performances from across Somerset and beyond taking part in an evening of music, dance and spoken word.

The programme will include: the Octagon Choir, Fairmead School Choir, Sherborne Community Choir, the Trinity Entertainers, Yeovil African Drumming Group, Eminence Dance, Project Dance, Dance Factory, Colour: Indian Dance Group, Castaway Theatre Group, The Studio Dorset, Yeovil College performing arts students, Amy Forskett Dance: AFDYOUTH, Charlotte Wood, Bronte Cheshire and Matthew Rock.

The former BBC presenter, Emma Britton, will be hosting the evening. She says: “I am so honoured to have been asked to be the host of the Octagon Theatre’s Concert for Ukraine. Like so many people, I have felt somewhat helpless to know what to do to support those in such awful circumstances, so it’s great that this event will help contribute to the funds being raised for the people of Ukraine. It will be a great evening of entertainment packed full of local talent and I can’t wait.”

Rock for Ukraine takes place at Westlands on Friday 22nd April, with doors opening at 7:30pm. It gives you the opportunity to also show solidarity with Ukraine through the power of live music at a stand up event. Acts for the evening will include Bad Cowboys, IOUs, Snakebyte and DJ Frazer Mitchell.

Adam Burgan, Yeovil’s arts and entertainment venues manager, says: “Since the invasion of Ukraine began, I think we have all been horrified by images and stories filling our news feeds and screens and feeling somewhat helpless at what we can do. Stories soon came through of multiple humanitarian aid runs leaving the South West. Something we can do is help raise awareness, show our support and raise much-needed funds that reach those in need and displaced by the current situation in Ukraine.”

Both events are ‘pay what you can’ with a suggested ticket fee of £15, however you can also choose £10, £20 or £25 options.

To book your tickets for Concert for Ukraine, visit the Octagon Theatre website at octagon-theatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01935 422884.

To book your tickets for Rock for Ukraine, visit the Westlands Yeovil website at westlandsyeovil.co.uk or call our Box Office on 01935 422884.