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Che Walker’s revolutionary birthday party at Wac Arts

Simon Callow joins the celebrations

23 April, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Ché Walker celebrates with Simon Callow and Ann Mitchell

A STAR-studded line-up of actors, musicians and dancers took to the stage on Sunday evening as Wac Arts in Hampstead hosted a birthday party for one of its much-loved alumni.

Wac Arts patron and actor Simon Callow, and recent Olivier award-winners Jamael Westman and Sheila Atim were among the talented line-up who turned out for Ché Walker’s Revolution party.

Ché’s mum – actress Ann Mitchell, currently starring in EastEnders – also joined in the celebrations as the playwright, director and Wac Arts tutor turned 50. Reflecting on the event, Mr Callow said: “Wonderful. So much life and joy and energy. Wac at its Wacermost.”

Alongside Ché, alumni Jamael Westman, who won Best Actor in a Musical Olivier award for his role in Hamilton, and Sheila Atim, named Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, have successfully flown the flag for Wac Arts. Sunday’s show helped raise funds for Wac Arts and Wac Arts College, a free school based at the venue in Haverstock Hill offering alternative education for those aged 14 to 19.

Hamilton actor Jamael Westman [Photo: dwgh photography]

Hayley Butler, head of marketing at Wac Arts, said: “It was a fantastic Birthday Revolution, with so much talent on the stage from industry professionals such as Wac Arts patrons Ann Mitchell and Simon Callow as well as amazing performances from Wac Arts alumni Sheila Atim and Jamael Westman.”

She added: “The night was held not only as a birthday party for Che Walker but also to support two organisations that care deeply about young people and the community.”

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