Bizarre, bonkers and not quite on the wall – the Bush Beano charity evening at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square on September 28 was refreshingly different for an antiques fair.
The night was organised by and in aid of the
Bush Theatre in London's Shepherd's Bush, with theatrical sketches
popping up around the show created and performed by actors from the
theatre and devised around the theme of antiques (although to be
honest, the link wasn't always easy to grasp).
LAPADA had been kept rather in the dark as
to what was planned and there were strange rumours flying around
the fair before about what would happen - a fruit fight was one of
the more sensational.
More than 800 guests attended the drinks
reception and there were 250 for a dinner cooked by Mark Hix, and
guests included Sheridan Smith, Christopher Hampton and Saffron
Dinner was followed by a charity auction which, together with
other activities, raised over £550,000 and included prizes such as
weekends in Venice, the Greek Islands and Mozambique. One woman bid
£23,000 for a publishing deal with Harper Collins.