Broadway for Orlando: See The Exclusive Music Video:

A chorus of Broadway celebrities raised their voices in song in response to the June 12 Orlando shooting massacre, the worst in U.S. history. Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sarah Jessica Parker and dozens more gathered June 15 at Avatar Studios to sing a benefit single of “What the World Needs Now is Love.” Playbill was on hand to capture the moment for an accompanying music video of the song, which is produced by Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley and Van Dean of Broadway Records. Click here for the digital download of the single. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.


“Dirty Dusting” Raises £150

The Carlton Players, a London-based civil service acting group, raised £150 for MAD Trust through programme sales at their recent production of Dirty Dusting.

The play, written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, tells the story of three pensioner cleaning ladies who set up a secret telephone sex chatline from their office workplace to boost their failing income and thwart their nasty boss. Needless to say things don’t quite go according to plan!

This critically-acclaimed production, which ran at the Phoenix Artist Club in March 2016, was directed by Jack Harris and starred Bethan Campbell, Rebecca Golding, Sharan Hunjan and Tony Heavey.

David Pendlebury Leaves MAD Trust

On behalf of the trustees of the Make A Difference Trust, we are sad to announce that David Pendlebury, founder of MAD Trust, and more recently our Charity Director will be stepping down as of January 2016. The Board and all the individuals involved in MAD Trust and its benefactors would like of thank David for all the work he has done over the past 25 years. His dedication and commitment to The Trust, in all its forms, has been unbending and it was with great sadness that we lose someone who has been a vital and integral force behind the charity. He is a dear friend as well as a valued colleague and I want to personally wish him every happiness and success in his return to theatre.

We will continue with the work started by David and we are delighted to announce that we have just approved a grant of £13,100 to the Waverley Care Children and Families Project and also £20,000 to Ubuntu After-School and Performing Arts Project working with children affected by HIV and AIDS.

With warmest wishes,

Melanie Tranter, Chair on behalf of MAD Trust