Thursday, 12 March 2015

Listen up.

I've just found this and thought I'd share it with you.  It's a little story about marketing and what happens when you tell a small white lie.

Listen to my story of about lying.

Here's a good test, put the words "reformed burglar" into a search engine and see who you find.

And they're off!

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to Oldham's first general meeting of artists and professionals involved in getting the town's independant quarter moving.

The idea is to invite small businesses to make use of a number of empty retail units in the eastern lands of the town.  Music makers, theatre companies, artists, clothes shops, boutiques and large department stores made up of smaller companies were discussed.

I take my hat off to the council, who are putting their money where their mouth is and doing good for a town by securing an incredibly bright future.

They have already been very supportive of Hard Graft giving us two shops and offering us this year's venue for GRASS in August.

If you have an idea and want a low cost way of starting your future business in Oldham, I urge you to take a look


Can I just tell you that Hard Graft theatre has turned 63 shops into theatres, 63!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


3 Is the magic number.

Hello and welcome to the Hard Graft Theatre Company email service.   Someone called me last week and asked what we were doing next, so here I am.

I am currently putting together 3 shows that I think you are going to love.  If you likedThick As Thieves, then the follow up GRASS is right up your alley.  Oldham Council are once again supporting us by letting us use another empty building in the town.   GRASS is based on the true story of what happened to me when I was witness to a fight in a pub.  It's funny, moving and was nominated for MEN Award when it was first performed in 2008.

Along with GRASS I am working on bringing you all something very special later in the year, I'm not going to say it out loud yet as I don't want to tempt fate, but it should be amazing.

And finally, we are now taking group bookings for our excellent Christmas show RED RIDING HOOD Getting bigger and better every year a must for the under 9's and their family and friends.  To book a group booking call me on - 0161 764 4972 or
Mobile 07956913 666

And finally, thanks to your ongoing support we have been nominated for aManchester Theatre Award this week.  Fingers crossed.

See you soon

Best wishes

Mark Whiteley
Hard Graft Theatre Co. Ltd.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Signs of my times.

This week (along with putting grant applications in) I have been mainly messing about with signs.
The Church around the corner in Bury

The estate agent left this outside.