9: Trust the Wind

I decided to do a fundraiser.
My church, St. Paul’s Onslow Square (SPOS) – sister church to HTB – was full of creatives: actors, singers, dancers, filmmakers, including Stuart Hazledine, director of EXAM and The SHACK, Debs Gardiner Patterson director of AFRICA UNITED and Caroline Lawrence, writer of the BBCs most expensive ever children’s TV drama series The ROMAN MYSTERIES.
I also met a young woman, Lisa Thorner, from the West End cast of Les Miserables.
I told her I was planning a fund raiser to combat sex trafficking.
Lisa was brilliant. She became musical director. I produced and wrote the show – a mix of songs from Les Miz mixed with dramatisations of Somaly Mam’s book The Road of Lost Innocence.
Fransiska Scherner, a brilliant young dancer friend from Germany who was studying at The Laban Centre and Italian dancer Deb Bonemei, choreographed a piece of dance theatre based on Somaly Mam’s book also.
We hired St. Saviours church, Knightsbridge, behind Harrods, for a fee of 250 GBP and I set up an online booking system.
The show sold out fast.
I set up a non profit called The Cosette Project, named after the little girl in Les Miz who Jean Valjean rescues from the child slavery and adopts as a daughter.
(I had worked front of house at The Palace Theatre where Les Miz was playing for 3 months and had seen the show 100 times. Every night it had moved me to tears.)
I asked a graphic designer friend from church, Nick Stewart, to design the poster for the fund raiser.
Another graphic designer friend, James Norris, husband of my dear sister in Christ, Debra Cholerton, designed the logo for The Cozette Project.
Paulo Coelho, in The Alchemist, writes that when we desire something the whole universe works together to achieve that desire.
That’s how I felt.
Lisa gave me the amazing news that Adrianna Bertola, the nine year old actress who was playing Cosette in the West End, would sing the beautiful ballad “Castle on a Cloud” in our show.
A talented Italian filmmaker I had worked on a couple of short films with – Federico Forcolini – would film it.
The whole universe – orchestrated by God – was working together to make my dream come true.
So, what happened in Cambodia?
How did I end up, 7 years later, homeless, penniless and friendless – left alone to rot and die on the streets of Phnom Penh?

Follow my true story of my mission to Cambodia to combat child sex trafficking…

Author: Mark Dark

Actor Teacher Writer Breaking Bad for Christ – a Novel. Actor turned Christian missionary turns his back on his Hollywood dreams to combat sex trafficking in Cambodia – and finds himself deep underground in a dangerous world of drugs, gangs and violence. Based on a true story. https://steveedwardsthoughts.wordpress.com/

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