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Our new AD/CEO Keisha Thompson invites you to rejoice in her new reign at the castle with a night of Carnival, Cocktails & Cinquains and celebrations into the early hours with DJ sets from Mr Scruff and DJ Sequinella

What makes a good cocktail? What on earth is a cinquain? And why have we put the two together? If you join us for a night of boisterous beverages and punchy poetry, you might just find out…We will treat you to a high-quality mix of a spirited guest poet, a performance mixologist, a mixer act and much much more.

We’ll start things simply with Keisha’s favourite cocktail, then descend into a world of mixology mystery. Their challenge will be to create a whole new drink inspired by poetry, your reactions and whatever is available in the shops, to be honest.

For those who want to engage with the full experience,

Tickets are no longer available to be purchased with a cocktail, although cocktails will be available to purchase on the night. Mocktails will also be available.

Oh yes, and what is cinquain, you ask? It’s just a fancy five-line poem. Something like this:

Join us
for a fun night
of liquid poetics
that might make you spit veneers to
shout cheers!

For this very special night of celebration, the party will continue post-poetry with sets from Mr Scruff and DJ Sequinella taking us all the way up to 2.30am – just add your ticket at checkout!

If you want to just join us for the after-party that’s fine, too. £8 tickets are available to buy here with entry from 10pm!

Pricing

We have multiple savings available for this event when you book a bundle. Check them out below!

Savings for bundle bookings are applied at checkout.

*non-alcoholic version available

After party with Mr Scruff and DJ Sequinella

For this very special night of celebration, the party will continue post-poetry with sets from Mr Scruff and DJ Sequinella taking us all the way up to 2.30am.

If you want to just join us for the after-party that’s fine, too. £8 tickets are available to buy here with entry from 10pm!

Either add your ticket at checkout or book separately for Mr Scruff and DJ Sequinella at this link here.

Access

If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10 – 10pm on 0161 274 0600.

Alternatively, you can email the box office on boxoffice@contactmcr.com, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

Once you have been booked in a wheelchair seat once, you can book online from then onwards and do not have to call our box office team to facilitate your booking. Please do reach out if you have any questions about this process.

Mixologist Beatriz Vilela

Beatriz Vilela is an emerging mixologist from Manchester, who has been mentored by sommeliers and mixologists from Ancoats to Italy.

Her European heritage inspires an international palette in her approach to alchemy, balancing elements such as fragrance as well as flavour to enhance the experience of her cocktails.

As an artist and mixologist, no detail is left unnoticed in her process of creation to presentation.

Keisha Thompson

Keisha Thompson is a Manchester-based writer, performance artist and producer, and Contact’s new Artistic Director and CEO.

Keisha is also chair of radical arts funding body, Future’s Venture Foundation, a MOBO x London Theatre Consortium Fellow and a member of Greater Manchester Cultural and Heritage Group, and recipient of The Arts Foundation Theatre Makers Award 2021.

In August 2020, she released a new mini-album, Ephemera, in collaboration with Tom “Werkha” Leah and featuring riveting cellist, Abel Selaocoe.

Rory Aaron

Rory Aaron is a  poet, theatre-maker and creative practitioner.

His first collection, ‘Doglike’, was recently published by Bearded Badger Publishers, and film with BBC New Creatives.

Through his writing, he explores themes such as mental health, class, industrialisation and the changing landscape of modern cities. He is currently ACE funded for his second collection, and completing an artistic residency with The Turnpike Centre in Leigh.

  • Price
    £12 ticket | £17 ticket + afterparty | Individual cocktail price £7, available to purchase on the night | After show party ticket sold separately £8
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
    14+ for performance only or soft-drink buyers, 18+ for alcohol buyers
  • Running
    Approx 2 hours 45 mins, with afterparty continuing until 2.30am
  • Booking info

    Please note, if you want to join us for the after-party with Mr Scruff and DJ Sequinella, either add your ticket on at checkout or book separately.

  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Friday 24 June 7:30pm
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