First Draft’s third birthday

First Draft‘s producer and co-founder Abi Hynes blogs about our upcoming birthday…

Fat Roland performs at our Christmas event in 2012

Fat Roland performs at our Christmas event in 2012

First Draft is turning three.

We’ve come a long way since I wrote our very first blog post, and even further since 2012, when my good friend and brilliant writer-performer Sonia Jalaly and I launched our very first event at the Castle Hotel, believing we were trying out a little platform for friends to test out some not-quite-finished-yet work in front of each other.

What we’ve ended up with… Well. I’m never quite sure how to describe it. But – I hope – that some of you know it as a supportive, friendly, rowdy, open-minded sort of cabaret night at which almost anything can happen.

Musicians Andrew Williamson and Jez Hewes perform at our Bedtime Stories event

Musicians Andrew Williamson and Jez Hewes perform at our Bedtime Stories event

We’ve had everything from songs of praise to fright nights, from intimate evenings with poetry stars to huge one-off events in venues like the John Rylands Library. We’ve been a home to the sublime and the ridiculous – often on the same night.

Daniel Carpenter and David Hartley perform together at our 2nd birthday party last year

Daniel Carpenter and David Hartley perform together at our 2nd birthday party last year

And, most importantly, we’ve supported new work by storytellers, comedians, theatre-makers, musicians, poets, and a whole lot of artists less easy to categorise. Many of these brilliant people have developed this work further, whether at our Next Draft showcase events, or by taking it on to bigger and better things.

Fiction writer Trisha Starbrook performs her Manic Pixie Dream Girl in her now iconic red wig

Fiction writer Trisha Starbrook performs her Manic Pixie Dream Girl in her now iconic red wig

If you’ve ever performed with us, we always want you to keep in touch and tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll share it on this blog whenever we can.

I hope that things will always keep changing at First Draft, and we’ve got some pretty big announcements coming up, which we’ll share with all of you at our 3rd birthday party event, Third Time Lucky, on 15th June. We’ve also got a stellar line up brewing, which we’ll share with you very soon.

First Draft co-founder Sonia Jalaly performs an early extract of her show, Happy Birthday Without You, at Next Draft

First Draft co-founder Sonia Jalaly performs an early extract of her show, Happy Birthday Without You, at Next Draft

In the meantime, if you’ve got memories from the past three years of First Draft, we’d love to hear them!

Share them in the comments below, stick them on our Facebook page or tweet us using #FirstDraft3.

Comedian Anjali Shah performing at our VAULTS event at the John Rylands Library

Comedian Anjali Shah performing at our VAULTS event at the John Rylands Library

Thank you to everyone who’s supported us over the last three years. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Abi

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Other links

Join us for an extra special celebration of our 3rd birthday at The Castle Hotel on Monday 15 June

Find out how to perform at future First Draft events

Got an idea for a one-off event with First Draft? Get in touch!

Follow Abi and First Draft on twitter

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