The Road to Adventure
Is Just Around the Corner
About Hard Graft Theatre Company
Hard Graft is writer and theatre maker Mark Whiteley. He wrote, produced and directed his first play in 1999 at the Nottingham Playhouse and when asked what the company was called he came up with the name Hard Graft Theatre Company. The company is small and responsive and there is no formal structure other than Mark generally oversees everything.
Hard Graft works with a number of associates and collaborators to produce the writing, people like designer Celia Perkins, Directors Keith Hukin and David Crowley or actor/writer Daniel Hoffmann-Gill.
First performed at the Nottingham Playhouse in 1997
Poles Apart by Daniel Hoffmann-Gill and Mark Whiteley
In 2006 you might remember lots of Polish people coming to the UK to work. We noticed that 'little' England didn't like this too much. So we decided to see what all the fuss was about. Whilst the Poles were coming here, we emigrated to Poland.
Poles Apart is a show about immigration and two blokes looking for work in Warsaw.
The show toured for months to great reviews. WATCH
Coast to Coast by Mark Whiteley and Daniel Hoffmann-Gill
In 2006, Hard Graft Theatre Company walked across the country from Bangor in Wales to Boston in Lincolnshire.
They took with them no money, no food and no accommodation. Their only currency was a 90-minute comedy/storytelling show that they had to perform or go hungry.
The Big Adventure
During the making of Coast to Coast the boys performed a 90 minute comedy every night as they "sung for their supper"
WATCH (not great quality)
Weird Doug Goes Camping
A short film
Last year my mate Caz got 360 hours of community service, he argued with the court that the best use of his order would be to talk to people about the past. Explain how he ended up in a flat above a shop with a load of stolen trainers and 14 cartons of fags from the Canaries. To educate, to instruct, to have a doss. (Obviously he didn't say the last bit.)
The court agreed, so this is his play...
Christmas at our Carols
A radio play - Runner up in the Alfred Bradley Awards.
When Will I Be Famous
In 2011 Mark Whiteley tried to become famous to prove how stupid celebrity is. This show toured theatres nationally. Watch
Adaptations of Classic Children's stories
For 10 years now we have been writing and producing Christmas shows for young audiences. Here's a selection.
Red Riding Hood
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Hansel & Gretel
The Christmas Elves and the Shoemaker
The Jungle Book