We are a bi-monthly Manchester-based cabaret night, showcasing brand new work: drama, fiction, poetry, music, comedy, storytelling, spoken word, and more…
We are usually based at the Castle Hotel in the Northern Quarter. We aim to provide a space for writers and performers of all kinds to test out new ideas in front of a supportive audience.
With this blog, we want to keep you up to date with what we’re doing, and share the work of some of our talented performers.
The First Draft Team
Abi is a drama, fiction and poetry writer. As well as running First Draft, she is also Artistic Director of theatre and film company Faro Productions.
Harry is a poet and producer, once a dedicated fan of First Draft and now very happy to be part of the team. He works at the John Rylands Library, coming up with interesting and fun ways to share the collection there, and also writes and performs as one half of iOrganic performance duo.
If you’re interested in contributing to the blog by writing or recording something for us, get in touch!
Praise for First Draft
‘The room was packed. People who couldn’t get seats stood and the audience spilled out into the corridor of the Castle Hotel.’
‘A lyrical, gripping start to the night, it was only one of the various unique takes on the theme.’
The Meteor. Read the full review and interview
‘There was a camaraderie that even as a voyeur it was lovely to bask in.’
‘if you’d like to brighten up a rainy Manchester Monday, and you like the thrill of the new, look in on this low-key night out and perhaps at some point you’ll consider dusting off your notebook and joining in’
‘Go to the next First Draft. Any art form goes and they encourage work in progress and the atmosphere created by hosts and audience is inclusive and encouraging’
‘this really is the first place to perform stuff that’s still very fresh, so there’s an off-the-cuff, low-risk feeling about it’
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