What better way to spend an evening than in one of your favourite pubs; perhaps having a pint of ale? The icing on the cake might be that you get some free entertainment thrown in.
First Draft is a cabaret night, held in the back room of The Castle Hotel on Oldham Street. (For what it’s worth, one of the best boozers in this fair city of ours). An evening dedicated to sharing new work, be it spoken word, comedy, drama, music or anything else you can shake a dictionary at.
Last night, I exited The Castle, into the kind of rain at which Manchester excels, thinking ‘I’ve had a bloody lovely night!’ A GP had touched me with her fictional Mrs Rafferty – a lady at the end of life, a physics teacher made me laugh with a comic tale of why biology is an all round inferior choice of science, and I got to see a digital communications hotshot take her clothes off (well almost…) in a short scene about what we might tell our younger selves. All artists in their own right, regardless of what else they do.
As my friend pointed out, not one bit of it made you blush or squirm in your seat, the way I have at many a comedy night. Not only because it was all pretty good, but because the atmosphere and the expectation was a little like sharing something you’ve been up to with your friends in your living room. There was a camaraderie that even as a voyeur it was lovely to bask in.
So 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.
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