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4th - 24th December 2014

It's just before Christmas and for one struggling family a little bit of Christmas magic is about to change their lives forever.

For the last 7 years we have been building a long-term legacy of entertaining and educational children’s theatre in Oldham, Greater Manchester. As we all know every Christmas there is a lot of theatre aimed at children. Last Christmas in Manchester alone audiences could find a Children's show at every venue, from Panto to Dickens. All of these performances are between 120 to 150 minutes long and cost on average £17.50. That’s brilliant, but if you’ve got a child under 6 we at Hard Graft feel that these shows are too long and far too expensive, we have proved that there is a substantial audience for gateway theatre shows, not too long, not too expensive, but with all the talent and high quality production values audiences expect today. 
I am the Dad of 5 & 9 year old kids.  I know how expensive Christmas can be.  I know that 150 minutes sat in a theatre seat watching a panto can be too long.  

That is why, 7 years ago, we invented our very own Christmas treat for your kids.
  • 70 minutes long (Disney & Pixar are no longer than 80 minutes)
  • Prices from £6 (No Booking fees)
  • Child friendly venue and staff. (We know kids walk around)
  • All inclusive (We welcome everyone)
  • Meet Santa for free (no gimmicks, no expensive photo's, Just SANTA FREE)
  • Fast, interactive, funny, theatre (if you don't laugh, your money back!)

Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing you and your school very soon.

Best wishes

Mark Whiteley
Dad and Director
Hardgraft Theatre

Call 0161 652 6026

Written by Mark Whiteley
Director David Crowley
Designer Celia Perkins


Tilly Slade
Chloe Proctor
Christopher Robert
After a week of shows this is some of the feedback from our audience

"All the children from year 2 of Greenmount primary in bury would like to say a huge thank you.  They loved your production and are talking about how good it was on the coach home. We hope to see your next production have a lovely Christmas"

"Thank you for so much for such as amazing experience.  The children absolutely loved the pantomime.  They've not stopped talking about it! " Camberwell Park School

"Thank you for a great performance we loved it today. Hope to see you again next year . lovely venue" 
Suzanne Carr Greenmount Primary School

"The best yet" Dobb Cross Primary School

"Brilliant, my 7 year old loved it" Joanne Green
We offer great family panto for Oldham, chadderton, middleton, bury, rochdale, failsworth, mumps, saddleworth, delph, diggle, dob cross, uppermill, greenfield, dens haw,springhead, grotton, lydgate, heywood, royton, shaw, milnrow, stalybridge, ashton under lyme, mosey, glossop, lees.