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Art auction - the Quentin Follies

The Quentin Follies is the perfect title for Charleston’s annual theatrical extravaganza and art auction. It suggests an eccentric, camp cabaret type of event which sums up the evening well. You arrive at 6pm at the Bloomsbury Set’s former country retreat to be provided with a three-course picnic in the grounds. The bar opens. A fantastic selection of paintings by famous names such as Quentin Bell, Peter Blake, Duncan Grant and Maggi Hambling have been donated and are up for auction. A full list of these can be found here. Bidding starts at £40.00. At 8pm the bidding closes and you will find out if you have got a total bargain and a great work of art which you can hang on your wall and use as a cue for repeated tales to guests on how you acquired it.

Then an evening’s entertainment of song, dance, drama and comedy starts all compered by author William Nicholson. Billed as ranging from the bawdy to the bizarre, the programme includes a performance by Patricia Quinn (otherwise known as Lady Stephens) of the Dorothy Parker Monologues, The Meaning of Life and the Rocky Horror Show. The bar stays open throughout the evening and the night closes with a monumental firework display. What’s more, you are allowed to dress up as much as you want. All sounds like fun to me. JW

Follywood: Mark Middleton is one of the local artists going
under the Charleston hammer
Charleston Farmhouse, near Firle
When? 6pm
How Much? £35

Charleston Farmhouse
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