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Coming Spring 2023

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Join us for a very special event, to raise funds for Playbox Raindrops Campaign, which is supporting the restoration of the roof of The Dream Factory.

With refreshments supported by Aubrey Allen, there are some excellent lots up for auction.

This event is in support of Friends of Playbox. Successful bids will be paid to Friends of Playbox at the event. The Auction is growing all of the time, so please check back often to see what is available, and we will shortly announce the date that this experience will take place.

If you can’t attend the event in person, but would love to make a bid, please note that we will be accepting written bids in advance. Please email to find out how to participate remotely.

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Auction Details

Date: Spring 2023 – specific date to be confirmed

  • Admission to participate:                                              £5 to include cheese, wine and nibbles
  • Auction participants must be 18 or over.                   There is no charge for children to attend.

The auction will be led by Richard Gormley, Auctioneer for Locke & England. We are enormously grateful to Locke & England for their support of this Playbox Theatre event.

Below are details of some of the Lots we are excited to share, and more will be added in the coming days and weeks, so watch this space!

Please book to join us in person, or email to arrange bidding online in advance of the event.

Lots Include

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Original piece of art painted by Nic Joly 

Aptly named ‘Love is Art’, this piece comes framed in a box frame measuring 71cm x 71cm (28in x 28in).

About the artist:
Nic Joly is based in Winchester, Hampshire. Joly brings to life paradoxical characters and scenes; small in scale but larger than life, they are simultaneously satirical and truthful in nature. “We are all too quick to belittle ourselves, but we are all small parts in a bigger picture.”

Joly worked with Brazilian footballer Pele to create four pieces of art,, celebrating the great footballer for his 75th birthday.  

With thanks to Castle Galleries.

Bidding starts at: £1000

Donated by Castle Galleries

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Unique Opportunity – Tour/Visit Of Heathrow Airport Control Tower For 4

One of the best views in West London!

The Heathrow airport control tower is run by NATS, which runs a few of the more major control towers in the UK (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City, Farnborough, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow and Aberdeen) as well as 14 towers in Spain.

It also controls the majority of airspace above the UK, handling over 2.5million flights a year in what is globally recognised as the most complex and congested piece of airspace in the world.

This is a unique opportunity! The visit will include being met at an appropriate terminal and escorted through staff security, before being transported to the tower. From there you will be given a tour of the control tower and an explanation of the operation.

The visit will last over an hour, with time either side for the transfer to and from the terminal.

You will get a great view of the airport and will get to see it in action.

With thanks to Andy Hogg and NATS.

No minimum bid.

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Cotswolds Distillery Tour and Tasting for two people

A wonderful day out, with plenty of tasting along the way! 

Tours are approx 90 minutes long and give visitors the chance to see the entire ‘grain to glass’ process up close and all under one roof. After the tour of our distilling hall, & casking warehouse there is a terribly arduous tasting session of all our spirits in our lounge.

Once the tour is concluded you can cruise the shelves in our shop or enjoy a treat for your tastebuds in our Stillhouse Cafe. A great place for snacks, lunch (inc delicious home made pizzas), coffees and cocktails.

All in all – a great way to spend a few hours in the spiritual home of the Cotswolds.

With thanks to Martin Streets.

No minimum bid.

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Four Tickets To The Play That Goes Wrong

Now blundering through its eighth catastrophic year at London’s Duchess Theatre, West End, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

In addition, the lot includes a backstage tour, to glean an insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

With thanks to Charlie Russell (founding member of Mischief) & Mischief Theatre Company

Bidding starts at: £75

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Juliet Stevenson Personalised Voice Recording 

Juliet is a celebrated actress who will record something unique for the successful bidder. This could be a favourite poem, Shakespeare speech, letter to a loved one, even your voicemail message.

Juliet Stevenson is best known for her extensive work for the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, as well as a plethora of film roles including Truly, Madly, Deeply, Bend It Like Beckham, Mona Lisa Smile and The Secret Of Moonacre.

With thanks to Juliet Stevenson.

No minimum bid.

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A Signed Swimming Hat from Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion Adam Peaty

Adam is a Professional Athlete born in the Midlands. specialises in the breaststroke. He won the gold medal in the 100 metre breaststroke at the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first by a male British swimmer in 24 years, and retained the title at the 2020 Summer Olympics in 2021. He is also an eight-time World Champion, a sixteen-time European Champion and a four-time Commonwealth Champion.

Peaty is the holder of the world record in 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke events.

With thanks to Adam Peaty.

Bidding starts at: No minimum bid.

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1 Year Membership To BLOKtv

Make 2023 a year of health with this fantastic lot. You will be able to access Live Classes or On Demand. Discover a new workout every day. Learn from the world’s leading instructors. Progress, and reach your individual goals. Train across 10 disciplines and discover movement that inspires you.

BLOKtv membership gives you free entry to 60 Live classes every week, so you can experience the collective energy of group exercise every day. It also grants you unlimited access to hundreds of incredible On Demand workouts, so you can train whenever it suits you.

With thanks to Lotti McKenna (Head of Fitness at BLOK) and Ed Stanbury (CEO at BLOK).

Bidding starts at: No minimum bid.

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Two hours life coaching by Liane Chandler

Liane is a the Founder, Managing Director and Lead Coach of Liane Chandler & Associates. Liane is a specialist in Leadership, Executive and Team Coach, Trainer and Facilitator, certified with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Coaching sessions are informal, positive and productive as we explore strengths, increase self-awareness and uncover any limiting beliefs. Typically, this leads to greater clarity and confidence to make changes that will positively impact performance and chances of success.

With thanks to Liane Chandler.

Bidding starts at: £100

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Sonnet Session with RSC director Philip Breen (Comedy Of Errors, Shakespeare In Love, Merry Wives Of Windsor)

This is a unique opportunity to work one-to-one, or in a small group, with one of the UK’s top directors of Shakespeare. Philip is offering a 45 minute Zoom masterclass, to explore a favourite Sonnet.

With thanks to Philip Breen.

Bidding starts at: No minimum bid

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Voucher for Flight Simulator Midlands

Europe’s No 1 Simulator Centre!

You will be talked through the basics of operating the simulator before you start to fly. Once on the flight deck, a qualified pilot will be with you at the controls ensuring you get the best possible value from your time with us.
Choose your destination and prepare to take off!

With thanks to Flight Simulator Midlands.

Bidding starts at: No minimum bid

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A weekend in luxury apartment The Coach House in Leamington Spa

About The Coach House:

The studio apartment is a 5 minute walk to the Parade, where will you find a range of shops and restaurants and is in easy reach of beautiful Warwickshire and The Cotswolds.  The studio apartment, that sleeps 2,  provides free wifi, Sky TV and a small terrace and has its own parking space.

With thanks to Sue and John Gregory.

No minimum bid.

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Luxury Playbox Birthday Party

Your child and their friends can take centre stage for the day, with a party unlike any other! They will select the theme of their party, then work with a director on stage in the main theatre, before an audience are invited to come and watch them perform, with the support of Playbox Theatre’s technical department to create lighting, music and special effects. The performance will be followed by a specially designed birthday tea, to be enjoyed in a private studio. VIPs only!

Bidding starts at: £100


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