James Dunn Tribute Show
JAMES DUNN TRIBUTE SHOW - Variety Live at the Empire!
Last year James Dunn sadly lost his battle with the horrendous skin disease Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) at the early age of just 24 years old. James was an incredibly brave young man and an inspiration to everyone he met.
James loved life and despite being in constant pain he never let this define him or prevent him from living life to the fullest possible extent. He drove his mum around in a specially adapted car, played wheelchair football and was an accomplished photographer, taking several portraits of royalty and movie stars to auction off in support of his fundraising efforts for charity. Although a major challenge, James regularly managed to travel abroad including several visits to Las Vegas where he made many showbiz friends and fans.
In the last 12 months of his short life James launched a huge fundraising initiative for DEBRA the EB Charity to fund vital research into this cruel disease. Unfortunately time ran out for James but his legacy lives on.
We first met James in 2008 and have been privileged to become close friends with him and his amazing family. James always loved watching big Variety shows and he was a VIP guest at several of our shows at the London Palladium Theatre and in Las Vegas. Because of this we felt it would be a fitting tribute to put on a special Variety Show in Liverpool, James' home city, to celebrate his life and continue his mission to dramatically increase the public awareness of EB. James's mum & dad, Leslie and Kenny, were immediately on board!
So on 5th November 2019 we are producing ‘Variety Live at the Empire’ a Gala Variety Show at the impressive 2300 seat Empire Theatre in the heart of Liverpool. This will be a spectacular show with performers travelling from across Europe and Las Vegas, every one of whom met James and were touched and inspired by his bravery and positive attitude. These world class entertainers, singers, comedians, jugglers and magicians including several headliners direct from the Las Vegas Strip are all performing without charging a fee. The show will also feature a ‘live’ orchestra and 30 dancers.
The main aim of this show is to tell as many people as possible about this little known yet devastating condition. The funds we are seeking are to cover the considerable cost of producing this special show for James which include hiring the theatre, technical production and staging, promotion and marketing, and travel and accommodation for the performers who are kindly donating their talents to celebrate the remarkable life of a very special young man.
WALLY EASTWOOD - Las Vegas Strip Headliner
JASMINE TRIAS - American Idol Star from Hawaii
BEN STONE - Las Vegas Singing Sensation
JOHN ARCHER - Britain's Got Talent Comedy Magician
MARK MERCHANT - Award Winning Ventriloquist
PAUL STONE - Host & MC
THE VARIETY LIVE DANCERS
THE VARIETY LIVE ORCHESTRA
Producer - Paul Stone
Director & Choreographer - Gail Davies
All profits from the sale of show tickets will be donated to DEBRA the EB Charity for their ongoing research to find a cure for this life threatening disease. Please take a moment to watch James' videos and help us keep his incredible legacy alive. Thank you.