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Rylance stages Survival fundraiser

Published March 30, 2010

The Laurence Olivier Award-winning star of hit play Jerusalem, Mark Rylance, is to direct a fundraising performance in support of tribal peoples at the Apollo theatre on Sunday 18 April.

Stars including Julie Christie, Gillian Anderson, Colin Firth, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Kevin Spacey, Ken Stott, Zoe Wanamaker, Mackenzie Crook and Juliet Stevenson will join Rylance on stage for an evening of tribal prose and poetry entitled We Are One – A Celebration Of Tribal Peoples.

The event is inspired by Jo Eede’s recent book of the same name, published to mark the 40th anniversary of Survival International, a human rights organisation that campaigns for tribal peoples, of which Rylance is an ambassador. Proceeds from the event will go to Survival International.

Rylance commented: “As a child, I was enriched and inspired by the lives and stories of the world’s tribal peoples. As an adult, I have also been inspired by the ceaseless work of the organisation Survival International and their movement to protect these tribes, from the rainforest of the Amazon to the icy reaches of the Arctic.

“To celebrate 40 years of Survival’s work and enjoy the beauty of the spoken word from such rich oral cultures, I am gathering my friends from the theatre on the set of Jerusalem for a wonderful spring afternoon of eloquent recitals and stunning images from We Are One.

“To hear such moving words from our brothers and sisters who still live so intimately attached to their lands, is to be reminded that they have much to share with the world, and that we all have a deep need for a sense of belonging to each other, and to nature.”

We Are One – A Celebration Of Tribal Peoples will be held at 17:00 on 18 April. To book tickets call 0871 297 0741.

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