News archive 2007
Bremner's unique King's performance19 Oct 2007, PR 166/07
Impressionist, comedian and political satirist Rory Bremner performed last night (18 October), for the first time, at his old university, King's College London, for a special evening of entertainment to raise money for the Students' Union. Adam Boulton, Political Editor of Sky News, was Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
More than 150 guests, including staff, former students (including his old classmates) and friends of King's, paid £80 a ticket for the black tie dinner and to watch the performance.
Held in the Great Hall of the College's Strand Campus, the three-course dinner was followed by Rory Bremner's unique brand of satirical entertainment as well as an insightful question and answer session with the audience.
Rory Bremner studied French and German at King's, graduating in 1984. He was made a fellow of the College in 2005.
Support King's students
The money raised will be used to help King's College London Students' Union continue to support King's students throughout their university experience in innovative ways.
Adam Farley, President of the King's College London Students' Union, comments: 'It's fantastic to see Rory Bremner coming back to King's and we are extremely proud that Rory asked that the event be in aid of KCLSU. Enhancing a student's experience while at King's is at the core of everything we do at KCLSU and the proceeds from the event will make a big difference in helping us to achieve that goal.'
Organised by the College's Development & Alumni Office, Head of Alumni Relations Jennifer Garner says: ‘We are delighted to have Rory Bremner back at King's for this wonderful event. As an alumnus of the College, we are extremely proud of his achievements and his example for our current students.'
Notes to editors
Adam Boulton is also a member of King's College London Council.
Rory Bremner was involved in The Big Brecht Fest at the Young Vic Theatre in London celebrating the work of German dramatist Bertolt Brecht, where a series of newly-translated versions of some of his short plays were performed. One of the plays that was staged, the short comedy of manners A Respectable Wedding, was retranslated by Rory Bremner, who also penned the title to the series.
King's College London Students' Union mission is to offer student life support to King's 20,000 students by providing representation, participation and personal development opportunities that will enable them to develop beyond their academic qualifications.
Last month KCLSU won the ‘Most improved trustee board' category in this year's Third Sector Awards. They were awarded the Investors in People standard in 2005 and Fairtrade University status in 2006. In June of this year, they become only the second students' union in the country to achieve the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. For more information about KCLSU, see: www.kclsu.org
[Photograph by Laura Ward]
King's College London
King's College London is the fourth oldest university in England with more than 13,700 undergraduates and 6,200 graduate students in nine schools of study based at five London campuses. It is a member of the Russell Group: a coalition of the UK's major research-based universities. The College has had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level, and it has recently received an excellent result in its audit by the Quality Assurance Agency.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, international relations, medicine, dentistry, nursing and the sciences, and has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres – more than any other university.
King's is in the top group of UK universities for research earnings, with income from grants and contracts of £113.6 million and an annual income of £368.6 million.
Melanie Gardner, Public Relations Department, King's College London, Tel: 020 7848 3073 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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