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Diary: Curveball kills Charlie Brooks’ hope of a dream getaway

Charlie Brooks. Photo: BBC

And so to Leicester Curve [1], where last weekend a fundraising event was held to raise money for the venue as it marks its 10th anniversary. Tables were filled with supporters and creatives alike, including many performers who have appeared in productions on Curve’s stage – not least Danny Mac and Ria Jones, the night’s hosts.

As the evening went on, and the alcohol flowed, a fundraising auction was carried out. Those clever managers clearly knew what they were doing – get everyone drunk and then watch them be free and easy with their wallets, hey?

Still, it worked. Lots on offer included tickets to shows and a dinner with the theatre’s bosses, which had a guide price of just £10. Bargain. Needless to say, this rapidly increased, mainly when it emerged that bidders could choose the restaurant at which they eat.

Also on offer was a trip to New York City, flights included, to see a show of the bidder’s choice. Competition for this one was fierce, with actor Charlie Brooks on a mission to nab the lot.

Brooks was clearly seeking guidance from an outsider, as she was frantically checking her phone in-between bids to see whether she should continue her fight.

Alas, once the bids went beyond the £2k mark, Brooks was forced to admit defeat and watch as her dream getaway disappeared as quickly as the wine in her glass.

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