The Royal Exchange Theatre has been running a nice little alternative to the standard Friday night post-work pub visit for a while now. They’ve been putting on free, wide-ranging showcases in their bar – from jazz to comedy to ‘poetry bingo’ to cookery lessons.
This Friday is the penultimate SFX event for the summer and features the super-talented Roger Quigley and guests, Sarah Lockwood and Otto Smart. Both Roger and Otto’s band the Montgolfier Brothers and Roger’s solo project At Swim Two Birds are personal favourites. They’re not huge here, despite their music being the perfect soundtrack to a rainy Manchester day – but do ok in Spain apparently.
Here’s a video for At Swim Two Birds’ In Bed With Your Best Friend.
Roger and friends play from 6pm until 7pm, and beer and wine are priced at £2 from 5.30pm until 7pm. The bar will also be serving Pimms, to tie in with the current Royal Exchange production of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, which has now been extended until Friday 16 August. All stage-level tickets for the play next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are just £5 if you quote ‘Hay Fever Offer’ when booking on 833 9833.