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A THRIVING cabaret night is celebrating its success, 10 years since its first show.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled mix of live entertainment, you needn’t head off in to Manchester or pay through the nose thanks to Shangri La!.

The brainchild of creative art lovers Jo Haydock and Strat Barrett, is marking its 10th birthday this month.

Having begun life as an ad-hoc live music night in the small back room of a pub, the popular not-for-profit event has since snowballed.

The monthly night, which takes place at the Carlton Club in Prestwich, features an eclectic mix of music, short theatre, film, acoustic acts, stand-up, spoken word, dance and live bands.

Ms 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.

“We share all our takings from the door with our acts - because supporting culture and community, not cash, was always our motivation.

“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 and proved that culture is very much alive and kicking in North Manchester.

“We’ve made some great friends, seen some incredible performers and built up an amazing, loyal audience, who come back time and time again to be delighted, surprised and sometimes challenged by what we serve up.

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

Acts travel from all over the country to perform and each month the night attracts more than 100 people.

Shangri La! has lined up an eclectic mix of artists to perform tomorrow, to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

Peter Slater, an actor, comic and writer from Bolton, who has become a regular act, will return, treating the audience to a funny short film. Mr Slater has also appeared in Phoenix Nights, Ideal, Saxondale, Coronation Street, Doctors and The Detectorists.

Pico Puppetual Motion will be entertaining crowds with a puppet in a mini variety show before jazz, rock and soul four-piece band, The Happy Soul take the stage.

Shangri La! will take place at Carlton Club, in Bury Old Road, Prestwich, tomorrow.

Organisers will also hold a raffle with bizarre prizes including a Dolly Parton wig, a large box of pickled onion Monster Munch, four tins of spam and an oversized hula hoop.

Doors open at 8pm and the first act will take the stage at 9pm. Tickets cost £5 on the door.