Scratch Is Back


They are a real rattle bag of an evening, they went away for a little while but now are back, Scratch Night returns. New acts, turns, treats and a new venue awaits us. Like the Terminator, the ever popular Scratch Night from last year has come back, not to kill all the humans but to entertain and challenge them with new and emerging performers.

This time its more like the shiny guy from Terminator 2 as there is a new fangled technological aspect to the modern variety night as Scratch creator and all round theatrical tornado Melanie Whitehead explains: “Some people love to heckle, some love to give praise, sometimes this can feel awkward or you just don’t have chance. So as we’re all about encouraging the performers rather than putting them off ever taking stage again, this month we’re also trialing a new way for audiences to give feedback – all you’ll need is a smart phone.”

It sounds like an intriguing and modern way to interact with the acts and something new to add to the Scratch experience, which will be a cracking one if last years hugely popular evenings hosted by the crazed but brilliant Debbie Fenner are anything to go by.

Each night is a curated roster of acts focused on a theme, comedy, poetry and even grime got to flex their muscles last year so what ever is lined up for this incarnation of Scratch you will be assured of a night you will long remember for its unique (certainly for Blackpool) approach and content. Scratch are also looking for artists who want to share their work in front of an audience – perhaps for the first time.

This can be character-based activity, scripts, songs, stand-up, a mix of all of these. If you have written something but need other performers to help read-through or to even โ€˜performโ€™ If you are interested in performing please email: [email protected]

Scratch returns on Thursday 23 February at The Castle Hotel (upstairs), 28-32 Central Drive, Blackpool, FY1 5PZ and doors open at 7pm – arrive early to ensure you get a good seat as last year the response was huge and the nights were packed to capacity.

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