One of the highlights of my year is the annual Lilian Baylis Awards, held at the famous Old Vic Theatre. This year I accompanied second year acting student Carla Kingham, who had been nominated for this award by Mountview. We were joined by Poppy Meadows (East 15), Josh Hayes (Arts Ed), Chris Macdonald (Drama Centre), Josh Pharo (Rose Bruford), Ashley Zhangazha (Guildhall), Danny Horn (Central), Katie Meekison (LAMDA), Jerome Ngonadi (ALRA), Susan Wokoma (RADA) and Neil Allen (Italia Conti).
From the minute you arrive, with a warm welcome by Chair of the Royal Victoria Foundation Valerie Colgan and Clerk to the Trustees Carol Cooper, you know you are in the company of friends.
The Guest of Honour playwright Roy Williams OBE then presented each student with a cheque for £1500 to help support their final year of study. As he spoke of a writer's indescribable fulfilment in finding the right actor for a role, Williams assured the students of the special nature of their chosen career and encouraged them to enjoy it.
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