Hard Graft Theatre Co.

Theatre and Comedy since 1999

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Claire Lever & Howard Chadwick in Hansel & Gretel
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Jonny Dixon Thick As Thieves 2014 Oldham
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What do you believe your theatre should be?

I believe that theatre should be energised, exciting, an adventure. I believe that when the lights go down we should create a playground.
I believe that audiences want to travel with me, to escape their normal lives’ and join in. I believe that learning through art should be entertaining.
I believe that we should inspire our audiences to make the world a better, kinder, stronger place.

I have put stories everywhere, in houses, in barns, in fields, shops, schools and a few theatres. I have inspired writers, educators and directors; I’ve put issues under the spotlight and educated myself and many others. I have teased audiences and turned my back on the system that creates mundane fodder.
If you dare to ask an audience, to speak to them honestly you will be amazed where they want to go and what they want to see and feel. My story begins when the audience engages and it finishes years down the line.

Mark Whiteley
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Programme for The Christmas Elves and the Shoemaker


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Bedders & Pike by Julian Kemp one of only two plays by other writers