Our first event of 2018, and the first in our series of events in museums and libraries as part of our new project, Let The Artists In!
Nothing Stays Secret For Long
Saturday 3rd March
Doors open 7.30pm, performances start at 8pm
Tickets: £8 / £5 concessions
Who will keep your secrets when you’re gone?
Spend an evening in one of Manchester’s most beautiful hidden gems and join cabaret collective First Draft in Chetham’s Library’s beautiful baronial hall for a night of music, poetry, comedy and storytelling inspired by the nineteenth century
diaries of Dora Turnor.
The tender and delightful diaries are full of comedy, tragedy and confessions of every kind. The First Draft performers will each take an imaginative look at Dora’s journals and open up the secret world of a Victorian teenager.
Whatever happens, it won’t be your average library visit…
Line up of performers
An amazing fiction writer based in Cumbria whose debut novel ‘The Visitors’ won The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and was joint winner of the Box Book prize.
This poet brings a voice to First Draft that that will hook your ear with her delicate and powerful work with its remarkable honesty.
A playful storyteller and printmaker, Mitch will grip you with as he devilishly conjures a wondrous story for you.
Expect evocative poetry that is strong in its imagery and performance. A real force.
This Manchester based soul-singer has an incredible voice and creates music with an irresistible groove.
Sophie gets audiences guffawing and roaring with laughter with her sometimes confessional, high-energy comedy.
ANDY OWEN COOK
Theatre-maker, musician and poet, Andy is an innovative performer who creates strange, unexpected and tender worlds.
Throughout our #LetTheArtistsIn project, we will also be commissioning digital artworks connected to the themes of each event. We’re delighted that the first of these digital commissions are:
MARK MACE SMITH
Poet, podcaster and photographer, Mark is a talented artist who puts his skills to many forms. We’re excited to see how he will use his excellent photography to respond to Dora’s diary.
Imagine strange realms produced through sound and music. Rickerly’s electronica will take you to strange places as yet unmapped.