Perform with us

Want to perform? Read this first…

First Draft‘s regular cabaret nights are held every other month at The Castle Hotel in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. We host all sorts of performances: music, comedy, drama, storytelling, fiction, poetry, spoken word and much more. Anything goes, and we don’t mind if your piece is still a bit rough around the edges!

Our only rule is that you should perform NEW work: whether it’s your current work-in-progress, a new style/form/genre you’ve never tried before, or just something you’ve never shared with an audience before, we want to help you share your first drafts in a supportive environment.

Performance slots are 5-10 mins in length and should be possible without much technical support. (If you need a particular set up for your act, let us know and we’ll see what we can do!)

For our upcoming cabaret events, we’ll be providing a creative prompt for performers to respond to – although how you interpret this is completely up to you. At each event, we’ll announce the next prompt, after which it’ll be published on our blog and we’ll start taking requests to perform.

Perform at our 5th birthday party!

We’re currently looking for performers of all kinds to sign up to provide some birthday party themed entertainment at our next event. Find out more

Get in touch if you’re interested in performing at First Draft.

First Draft - Laura and Philippa

See our upcoming dates

Once you’ve performed at any of our First Draft events, we’d love to showcase any of your work here on our blog. Got something to share? Let us know!

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