Prestwich besotted by Shangri-La as cabaret night celebrates a decade of entertainment

Prestwich’s alternative cabaret night The Shangri La is celebrating its tenth anniversary tonight with an extensive collection of new and refreshing artistic talent.

In the last decade the night, at Carlton Club on Bury Old Road, on Friday 21 July has seen an array of comedians, actors, writers and singers from all over the country take to the stage with plenty of laughs mixed in with musical performances to balance the tone.

Co-host Jo Haydock said: “It’s fantastic to have reached our tenth year and a real testament to the talent of all our acts. We’re probably quite unique in that we do it for the love not the money.

“Prestwich is changing for the better and getting more diverse and we hope to be a big part of that in the future.”

All money is shared amongst the acts on the night because Ms Haydock believes supporting the culture and community is the main driver behind why the show is running.

One of the acts includes Peter Slater, who is an actor/comic/writer from Bolton.

He has shown audiences the short film ‘Zombie Shithouse’ and various comedy characters including the Bass Man, Nearly Diamond, but this month, his act will include the Randolph Tempest.

Puppets will make an appearance as Peter Kennedy, known as Pico, brings an entourage of puppety friends to the evening’s acts including a xenophobic French rate, a funny monkey and crudely written children’s stories and song without no moral boundaries.

Ms Haydock added: “Yes it’s all a bit random and chaotic but a lot of love and hard work has gone into the night over the years and we hope that we’ve helped to put Prestwich on the map.”

The Shangri La was formed by three friends, Jo Haydock, Dave Heald and Debbie Wells, who were fed up with having to go into town to find entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased at the door from 8pm with the first act on stage at 9pm.

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