Sunday, 23 November 2014

Who’s Harry Styles?

If you can't  read the story below, I have written it out underneath the photo.

Oldham’s celebrity Elves have been offered the chance to switch on this year’s Christmas lights, in a house, in Springhead Oldham.
The pair, who swept to fame when they were discovered in Oldham library basement, have been offered numerous ‘high profile’ events in the town.  “We originally booked One Direction” a Council spokeswoman told us, “But after a mass public protest we have booked the Elves instead.”  Crowds of Oldhamers were out in force earlier this week, brandishing placards and chanting anti One Direction songs.  
Harry Styles, a ‘singer’ with the popular band, tweeted, “They might be able to turn lights on, make shoes, but they can’t sing”.  The Elves said “Who’s Harry Styles?”

The Elves can be seen in Oldham and Saddleworth this Christmas in a special tribute show written by local theatre company Hard Graft.  
"We are are currently trying to come up with an idea how to best use these two talented Elves" Johnny Theatre from Hard Graft has said, " I wanted to do Jack and the Beanstalk, but neither are tall enough." 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Christmas begins here...

The Christmas Elves and the Shoemaker runs in Oldham and Saddleworth from 4th-24th December 2014

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