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Outside is thick with snow and Rita won’t get home tonight. Looking for something to do, she finds an old scrap book in uncle Bob and aunty Sue’s attic. Come and join Rita as she is thrust from one adventure to the next, meet Mowgli a young boy, taken in and bought up by Wolves and helped by Baloo, Kaa and Bagheera.

We are bringing your family a classic Christmas show ' The Jungle Book' based on the stories from Rudyard Kipling.  Follow Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Kaa the python on their amazing adventures in the Jungle.
One of the greatest adventure stories ever told.

Created for the whole family this Christmas.

Award winning Hard Graft have been producing Christmas Panto for 10 years now, and we think we're good at it.

This year we have Christmas shows in Marsden, Uppermill (Saddleworth), Clitheroe, Whitworth and Ramsbottom.

Our Award Winning team.

Written by Mark Whiteley

Directed by David Crowley

Designed by Celia Perkins


Bethany-Jo Clews

Gareth George

Emma Romy-Jones

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We love Christmas and we love entertaining your family.  Trust in our 10 years experience of great children's theatre.  If you need a hand for further information call us Now.  0795 691 3666

What to expect from our shows?

  • We are not a pantomime per say, but we are very festive, we've even been known to have visits from Santa before Christmas.
  • Our shows are usually 70 minutes long without an interval.  This is the same length as a Disney movie and they know about Children's attention spans.
  • Our shows are fast paced, funny and I guarantee you and your family are going to love it.
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    Bethany-Jo Clews - Rita/Mowgli

    Bethany trained at ALRA North, fans might well remember Bethany from last year's sell out production of Pinocchio. THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKERS (Derby Theatre and Tour), THE SORCERERS APPRENTICE and THE EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES (Illyria Theatre International Tour), THE SWITCHOVER (The Larks), THE SNOW QUEEN (Quantum Theatre UK Tour), ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Role With It Productions), DAISY DAISY and WE ALL LOVE A PADDLE (Making History Theatre), ACCRINGTON PALS and THE CHANGLING (The Corbett Theatre), THE BLUE ROOM, THE GOOD PERSON OF SICHUAN, CYMBELINE, BLOOD WEDDING, A DOLLS HOUSE and THE BABY (Mill At The Pier).  @BJClews 

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    Gareth George - Baloo/Bob

    Gareth trained at ALRA North, this is his first time with us at Hard Graft, he comes with an excellent CV though and has worked with The Lowry, The Oldham Coliseum and the Manchester Royal Exchange amongst others.  He's also a writer and filmmaker.  Follow him on Twitter @Garbo_George  

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    Emma Romy-Jones - Sue/Bagheera

    Emma trained at Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre in 2010 and has made Manchester her new home ever since. Credits include; Dark Satanic (Winner of Best Drama at the Greater Manchester Fringe with Breathe Out Theatre) A Fairy Affair (The English Theatre Company) Care Takers (Winner of The Stage Award for Acting Excellence with Truant Company) Roseacre (Squarepeg) Great Expectations (1956 Theatre.) Emma has previously worked with Gareth on Sanctuary in the Trenches (Dunham Massey) and with Bethany in The Enchantment (Wild Rumpus at Chester Zoo) She can't wait to work all together on The Jungle Book in her first production with Hard Graft. @emma_romy_jones  

  • Mark Whiteley - Writer/Producer

    Mark has been writing for 20 years and is the winner of a MTA, runner -up in the BBC Alfred Bradley Awards and winner of the TAPPS Comedy award.  He has produced many tours including Much, Thick as Thieves, Burt n Joyce, Poles Apart, Coast to Coast, The Big Adventure, Weird Doug Goes Camping, GRASS, Christmas at our Carols, Knife Edge, I Love.., When Will I Be Famous

  • David Crowley - Director

    David achieved a degree in Theatre Studies and furthered his actor training at Arts Educational Schools, London. Since then he has gone on to work extensively in both theatre and film as both Actor and Director.
    David has recently been appointed Associate Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse's new show Beryl, which he staged for a U.K Tour throughout 2015. This show has recently been transferred to The Rose Theatre, London for a 3 week run. Beryl has also been nominated for 2 Manchester Theatre Awards 2016.
    David has recently been appointed Associate Director at TroubleHouse after directing hit drama RAW which has also been nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award 2016.
    David is also an ambassador for the J.M.K Trust creating a network for theatre makers in the north.
    David directed hit comedy Thick as Thieves which was WINNER of a Manchester Theatre Award 2015. His other directing credits include Little Red RAW Babushka and Elves and the Shoemaker.
    David is also Creative Director of ActUpNorth - the largest independent actor training program outside of London.

  • Celia Perkins - Design

    Celia trained in Theatre Design at Croydon College and The Slade School of Fine Art. Work includes - Northern
    Broadsides, and the New End Theatre Hampstead, Bel Air Theatre Cologne and Orange Tree Theatre
    Richmond. she was resident designer at The Oldham Coliseum Theatre for 6 years, designing for every genre of
    production conceivable.
    She is currently designing Oldham Coliseum panto.

  • Joanne Whiteley - Associate producer

    Joanne has worked extensively with Hard Graft for over 5 years producing numerous projects.


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by David nike on Blank Product Name
We all loved it

I had no idea what to expect when my mother saw a leaflet and bought me, my sister and all our kids a ticket to the show. The kids were aged 1-11 and they all loved it and didn't want to get up and run about they were so entertained! Great dancing, acting, humour and energy and I enjoyed it so much I am all ready looking forward to next yr!

by Sue McCannon on Blank Product Name

Excellent show, very interactive with the younger children (and adults) joining in with the shouting! Really enjoyable. Highly recommended. 🙂

by Philip hodgson on Blank Product Name

Pinocchio was fantastic with a dedicated cast and crew!! Our grandchildren age 5 loved Pinocchio and were out of their seats shouting at Freddy Foulfellow and trying to help Pinocchio to do the right thing and go the right way!It .The performance was full of energy!Well done all!!Nice touch being served popcorn by ' The Toymaker'

by Aisling B on Blank Product Name
Outstanding! Entertaining from beginning to end!

This is our second Christmas attending the Hard Graft performance this year's Pinocchio was fantastic with a dedicated cast and crew!My son who is 5 was out of his seat shouting at Freddy Foulfellow and trying to help Pinocchio to do the right thing and go the right way!It always feels cosy, as if you are part of the story!The performance was full of energy!Well done all!!Can't wait for next year already!

by Natalie on Blank Product Name

After visiting Pinocchio with my reception children I just had to book tickets for myself and daughter and she loved it just as much as I did from the jokes to getting squirted at and then little touches like sweets from Santa at the end of the show this pantomime is defiantly a must see the cast were lovely interacting with the children before the show and throughout I will be looking out for more productions !

by Funky Fitness and Fun on Blank Product Name
Funky Fun for Everyone

Pinocchio, as presented by Hard Graft was great fun to watch. All the performers were magnificent; the script was funny and told the story well. We are a group of Adults with Additional needs, we enjoy trips to the cinema and theatre and are very discerning. We loved Pinocchio. Connie and the talking snowman were a highlight! You have to see it for yourselves.Thankyou Mark - we look forward to seeing other Hard Graft productions.

by Alison Pemberton on Blank Product Name

I am a childminder and have been attending these yearly shows for the last 3 years with children aged 9 months -4 yrs old. Every year it gets better and better and love the venue at oldham library its small and compact, children are close to the stage and can see everything. Mark and his performers get everyone involved and the kids love it Father Christmas is an added bonus.Well Done again

Great fun!

Took my two year old son to his first Christmas show, and he thoroughly enjoyed it. The story was presented clearly and was easy to follow, with fun performances from all involved. Lots of audience participation, songs, dancing and clapping along. I have to add that I enjoyed the show as well! We'll definitely be back for further productions!

by Kathryn Blackburn on Blank Product Name

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Hard Graft's production of Pinocchio this festive season. Fantastic story telling and wonderfully performed musical pieces too. It has everything a young child could want: big characters, songs, dances, puppetry, magic, slapstick comedy and best of all - a happy ending. Well done to all involved.

by Diane on Blank Product Name

I took my two boys to see the show and loved it. A lovely performance, well done; will definitely book again.

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