Cocktail dress on, champagne drunk, 3 course Hotel Du Vin meal enjoyed – I cannot deny that my evening was well spent at Till Death Do Them Part: the Fine Food and Dining Society’s immersive murder mystery dinner. The evening’s success rested heavily on the improvisation skills of the 6 main actors – Molly Williams, Caelan Mitchell-Bennett, Minoli de Silva, Bennett Hunecke, Kate Stamoulis and Sasha Gisbourne (aided by photographers, wedding planners and hotel staff who were indispensable to the immersion – in particular Mary Byrne, the ‘host from the hotel’, did such a great job that I thought she worked for Hotel Du Vin until she was presented with flowers at the end of the night!). We were first welcomed into a reception chamber in which the actors slowly began to mingle with the assembled guests. Special mention must be made of Williams and Mitchell-Bennett who adeptly dealt with every single question thrown at them, providing seamless characterisation. The atmosphere was warm and the excitement tangible (I heard many a whisper of “he/she’s gonna die, I bet you”). Sure enough, as the Bride and Groom toasted to the occasion, the latter bent double in a realistic choking fit and we were all shepherded desperately out of the reception room and through to the dining room, accompanied by promises of “yes, I’ll call the police in a minute”.
150 applicants, 4 finalists, 10 weeks, 5 pieces, only 1 winner..
This year the third annual Women in Business Forum was hosted in Hotel du Vin’s ballroom by the St. Andrews Management Society, the panel consisted of five highflying women with roles from a wide range of enterprises. Andrea Sullivan, the head of Corporate Responsibility at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Louise Beveridge, the Senior Vice President of Communications at Kering; Louise Court, former editor of Cosmopolitan and head of Editorial Strategy at Hearst UK; Nancy Pedot, Founder of Salon Pedot Paris and Alexis Versandi, St. Andrews alumna and Founder of Just Picked CoCo Water.
The new DONT WALK (DW) committee took St Andrews by surprise by partnering up with Hotel Du Vin to host their first event of the academic year at Ma Bells. ’DONT WALK x Ma Bells,’ introducing the new Ma Bells Society Room to the St.Andrew’s nightlife.