There’s a lot to be said for a charity dinner. You get to dress up, there’s nearly always a glass of fizz to hand, and the event is generally teaming with guys working their inner James Bond in black tie. When you add to that mix the prestigious acting school of RADA as the venue, throw a bunch of easy on the eye aspiring student actors on your table, and then make them perform a cabaret for you for good measure; it’s the perfect formula for a great night.
After at least two tried and discarded outfit choices I settled on my favorite ‘dress like a dude’ vibe of 3.1 Phillip Lim tuxedo jacket, black silk palazzo pants from Theysken’s Theory and a Celine top. I threw on my Isabel Marant boots and headed into town. Bumping into my New York Fashion Week cohort Gill Kendrick, I suddenly felt a little underdressed.
After a quick mingle with our lovely hosts and the select crowd at a champagne reception it was off up to the theatre which had been decked out for dinner and a cabaret treat from the students.
The performances were awesome as all students at RADA are given one to one singing lessons throughout their time there. Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen the RADA Chairman calls it a ‘happy accident’ that some of the graduates end up with awesome singing chops they never knew they had.
RADA is a legendary acting academy which has been churning out a mind boggling number of Britain’s best actors since 1904. If you were to take a random peek at the cast of any Harry Potter film, I would wager around 80% of them are probably RADA alumn. The dinner was held in aid of the scholarship and bursary funds.
The actor assigned to our table was Harry Jardine. For more on this talented guy click here.
For what I wore see below.