A week ago The Black Lion pub on Chapel Street was broken into and thieves nicked over £1000 worth of booze as well as Help For Heroes charity boxes and money due to artists selling their work at the venue (see previous Salford Star feature for details – click here).
After the break-in it wasn't worth claiming off the insurance as there was a £1000 access and the premiums would go up, so Future Artists who run the pub asked for help to make up the loss. And their plea was answered by top playwright, Cathy Crabb, who, together with actors Neil Bell and Daniel Street Brown from Eat Theatre, has donated a performance of The Bubbler tomorrow night, Friday 17th August at 7:30pm, with entrance by donation.
Premiered at The Kings Arms earlier this year, The Bubbler is a short play centred on Peter, the manager of Cash Generator (played by Neil Bell), who is an ex-bank worker now fallen from grace. He's loosely based on Satan from John Milton's Paradise Lost…and the famous Satan line `Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven', has been remodelled to `Better to be the manager of Cash Generator than serve on the counter at NatWest'…
"He's based on the fall of Satan and all this bitterness in him is really apt" Cathy told the Salford Star last April "He's so full of hatred and he's going on about scroats. He's really horrible but he's also enigmatic, which Satan was in the book. The play is actually quite funny and the message, if anything, is to get off the case of people who aren't asking for anything but kindness. They don't want your belongings or your tax, they're just living a different life to you."
The Black Lion is well more than a pub and has provided theatre space, a cinema, exhibition walls and other support for the creative community in Salford and beyond. Now it's payback time, hopefully just starting with The Bubbler…
Friday 17th August 7:30pm
The Black Lion, Chapel Street, M35BZ
Entrance by donation which will go towards both re-stocking The Black Lion and the Help For Heroes boxes.
To book a donation ticket for The Bubbler – click here
For further details of the play see previous Salford Star interview with Cathy Crabb - click here
And also see the play's website - http://thebubbler.co.uk/