Big Birthday Party

First Draft: Big Birthday Party!

Monday 19th June

The Castle Hotel

7.30pm, Free admission

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First Draft is 5 YEARS OLD, which means, according to (thanks Danielle Peet for introducing us), that we should have more self-control… umm… and more creativity! Yes!

We’re inviting you to our Big Birthday Party, complete with cakes and party games and party hats and absolutely bloody everything a 5th birthday party should have. We’ll have special birthday performers to keep us entertained while we scoff sweets and, obviously, every party should be judged by the quality of the party bag you leave with…

The first 5 years of First Draft life have been pretty good to us. We’ve staged hundreds of awesome performers sharing their brilliant work on our stage. And we’ve done some pretty cool stuff: from last year’s event for Halloween in Chetham’s Library, to demanding our performers buddy up for our ‘Two’s Company’ event for our 2nd birthday back in 2014. We’ve got some exciting future plans, and we can’t wait to get started.

There’s also a big First Draft change. This will be the last event for our resident mic-mauling host Andrew. We’re incredibly sad to see him go but what better event to make your last than a big birthday party!

In the next couple of months, expect to see us walking around the Manchester like it was a giant playground handing every single one of you an invitation.

See you at the party.

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Line up of performers

Check out this brilliant bunch!

Abi Hynes – fiction

Anjali Shah – comedy

Francis Wynne – poetry

David Hartley – creative non-fiction

Ali Matthews – music


low cinnabar – music

Dead Lads – spoken word

Jenny May Morgan – drama

Kate Feld – fiction

Jez Hewes – music