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2013-06-13 14.55.42

2013-06-13 15.09.40

Nominated   Best Actor MTA  2016

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by . on Hard Graft
Not the show that was advertised

Took our son for his birthday, says it's an award winning show? The little dancers were good all credit to them but since when has the blue fairy been a pilot and Pinocchios conscious been a lolly pop lady? Quite disappointed to be fair. They didn't even sing the famous song you would automatically connect with the film "I've got no strings"

Sorry for the delay.

Just to answer a few queries about our company.
We didn't advertise an award winning show, we are an award winning company who make original, innovative theatre for young people. Pinocchio was written by Carlo Collodi, an Italian writer, around 1850. Disney, to which I think you are referring to, made their version in 1940 (77 years ago). We like to bring these old traditional stories into this century, to entertain a new generation.

Sorry if you didn't like it. This Christmas we're doing the same thing with Jungle Book written by Rudyard Kipling (not Walt Disney) but with lots of adventure, laughs and hopefully great story telling.


by Nick on Hard Graft

For the third year running, we were lucky enough as a family to see Hard Graft's xmas production. After the previous 2 years' excellent performances of Red Riding Hood and Elves and the Shoemaker, our expectations for Pinocchio were very high. We were not disappointed. In fact, all three of our children (aged 11, 9 & 6) said it was the best production yet. They (and we) were totally engaged throughout, as were younger children in the audience.Even after the excitement of xmas, Freddie Foulfellow's antics are still spoken about in our house on a regular basis!Great show, can't wait for next year's!!

Thank you.

by Candise Moore on Hard Graft
Perfect Family Panto

I watched the show with my sons aged 7, 5 and 3 and we all loved it! There was something for everyone.

by Margo Fourman on Hard Graft
Pinocchio in marsden

Fantastic acting. Pinocchio was just amazing, the dancing girls were excellent and inspiring. We all had a fantastic time and are already looking forward to next year.

by Mandy Morrison on Hard Graft

My daughter and I went to watch my niece in Pinocchio at Marsden on Monday night , it was wonderful , very enjoyable and totally entertaining , the youngsters watching were sat on mats at the front and were very much involved , everyone seemed to have a good night! Well done will definitely go again to watch a Hard Graft production! Thank you.

by Katie on Hard Graft

We usually go to the big panto in Manchester...... very expensive family trip out and my two children 6 & 8 did not really enjoy the experience.We decided that we would try to go local. All I can say was WOW the kids loved it so much more. They want us to book for next year!!! the performers were great and really got everyone involved. The children loved every minute of it and have not stopped talking about it since.Well done

by Louise Graham on Hard Graft

We took our two children (4 & 7) to see Pinocchio. It was a wonderful experience. The actors and dancers were great and really got everyone involved. The children were joining in, shouting and laughing. I definitely recommend Hard Graft and will go and see their next production. Fantastic show.

by Sarah C on Hard Graft

What a fantastic show! Pinocchio is the first show I have seen from The Hard Graft Theatre Company and I hope to see many more! My daughter is one of the dancers in the show and she has loved every second of it. My parents came to watch the show and my dad (who is exceptionally hard to please) has not stopped talking about it in almost a week! They have commented in particular on the magic section of the show and the shadow puppetry used along with the fact that it is ideal for children to watch in both content and shorter length. Amazing job Hard Graft WELL DONE!!!!

by Pauline Minsky on Hard Graft

Myself, my husband and 4 year old son went to see Pinocchio by (Hard Graft) at Oldham Library. Great venue. I suspected that the show would be fun, the fun started outside the door being greeted by Geppetto, Pinocchio's dad. Then the real fun began. The set was basic but very clever, multi-functional, made magical by very simple projections and clever use. The actors were a very high standard, lots of belly laugh lines and interventions, squirty water lemons and audience interaction. We all loved it! Music, singing and dancing all really good and an excellent time had by all! Thanks Hard Graft!

by Mrs Clair Hilton on Hard Graft
Red Riding hood

Took my son to watch red riding hood, an absolutely fantastic show, that kept my son there, had him laughing and shouting. Can't wait for next years xxx

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