Theatre People Newsroom, today caught up with theatre star, Shaun Rennie, to discuss the upcoming annual benefit concert for Light The Night and his current role in The Lunch Hour.
Firstly, thank you for your time Shaun. I know you’re busy with preparations for this event and also currently starring in The Lunch Hour.

For those not aware of Light The Night, could you please give us a bit of a background as to why and how this benefit was started?

"Light the Night was inspired by my younger brother Matthew's fight with Leukemia. Matt was diagnosed with the disease just before his 21st Birthday. His courage and determination to fight inspired Myself, my youngest Brother Adam and Family friends Monica and Greg Smith to do something… we didn't really know what. What started off as a small benefit concert to raise money for research and patient comfort has grown into an annual event, that has been supported by 100's and 100's of incredible artists, technicians, musicians and supporters. Sadly Matt passed away in 2007, just before that years LTN. The event now continues as his legacy"

There’s some big names lending their support at this years concert – Bobby Fox, Trevor Ashley, Prinnie & Mahalia and Tom Sharah just to mention a few. With Jan van de Stool and Rob Mills as hosts as well, no doubt hilarity will ensue. What can we expect from this years benefit?

"Audiences at LTN can expect a fun, entertaining, varied and always special night out. I am so proud and honoured that so many incredible artists give up their time and talents to make this event possible, artists from such varied parts of the entertainment industry. There is always a really incredible atmosphere at LTN, one that is fun and upbeat, but at the sometime really special. Just like Matty was… I always can feel Matty in the room with us."

So far, in excess of $280,000 has been raised for Leukemia research, which is phenomenal. Do you have a target figure you would like to raise this year?

"We have our goals of course, however, each year varies with ticket sales etc. We'd love to sell out this year, and I think we can safely push that amount raised over the $300K mark…. but I don't want to count my chickens yet! But if everyone gets on board and comes along… we can make a big difference in the fight against Leukaemia."

In addition to attending the benefit concert, what are some of the other ways people could support and donate towards this cause?

"For those who can't come along to the event but want to help out, you can go to our website and easily donate. Just follow the links to our Everyday Hero Page… its a quick and easy way to donate and we add that amount into our final donation to the Arrow Bone Marrow Foundation after LTN."

You‘re currently starring in The Lunch Hour at The Darlinghurst Theatre. The follow up from Human Resources, it’s been described as a “sexy new Australian comedy”. Can you tell us what audiences can expect?

"Yes, its a crazy new Australian Play. Audiences can expect the unexpected. It is a play set in a call-centre box-office. Each of the workers are frustrated actors and artists. Its a fairly dark comedy about what it is to be an artist trying to achieve your dreams whilst being stuck in a mundane work place to pay the bills. It has many twists and turns a stylistic changes, so it really is a bit of a roller coaster ride of a play."

Thanks so much for your time Shaun. Chookas on The Lunch Hour and congratulations on the success of Light The Night. I urge everyone to get behind this amazing cause and support it by attending the benefit concert or visiting the site to make a donation.

Light the Night will be held at City Recital Hall Angel Place on Monday 22nd October. Tickets on sale now:

‘Like’ Light The Night on Facebook: for access to the special promotional code, to secure discounted A Reserve tickets. Hurry! This special offer ends on Sunday.

You can see Shaun in The Lunch Hour at The Darlinghurst Theatre until October 7th. Book now: