A Calderdale theatre has lined up entertainment aimed at families over the next few weeks.
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts will feature everything from musicals to puppets.
Tonight sees violinist Peter Cropper and pianist Martin Roscoe in concert, performing a selection of Beethoven sonatas. Tickets for the Halifax Philharmonic Club event, which starts at 7.30pm, are from £2 for under 16s to £18.
Then tomorrow the tempo changes with a gig by the Snake Davis Band playing a mix of soul and funk tunes, old and new. Tickets for the 7.30pm concert are £12 and £14.
On Sunday, January 25, at 2.30pm there will be a spellbinding live performance of Prokofiev’s well-loved family classic, Peter and the Wolf. This is the tuneful tale of a brave little boy’s adventurous encounter with a wolf and is complemented by two other short Russian tales brimming with dazzling music. Suitable for children aged over six, this is a thrilling combination of vibrant storytelling, audience participation and musical delights.
There’s a new puppet adventure on Sunday, February 8, at 2.30pm with Idolrich Theatre Rotto and their fun-packed production called Leaping Frog. Following the adventures of Goggles the wood frog, the show features a variety of characters including Mr Fisher the Heron, fairweather friend Rubber Duck and tricky Honk the Spotted Skunk. Brought to life with beautiful puppets, magical storytelling and great live music, the show is suitable for children aged over three.
During February half-term younger audiences can enjoy Nick Sharratt’s Big Draw-Along on Thursday, February 19, at 3pm. Writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt, who has worked on books by best-selling authors including Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson, shows how he creates his picture books.
Then on Friday, February 20, Red Ladder and DumbWise Theatre present their family musical adaptation of Terry Jones’ much loved children’s tale Nicobobinus.
The show starts at 6.30pm, but before it there is a musicality and drama workshop from 4pm to 5.30pm. Places for the workshop need to be booked in advance with the Square Chapel Box Office on 01422 349422. The show and workshop are suitable for children aged over six.
On Saturday, February 21, classic Julia Donaldson tales including Room On The Broom are brought to life in Storytelling with Artful Playground. Suitable for ages three to seven, there are two storytelling sessions at 11am and 1.30pm.
There’s a gentle horror for little horrors with Lempen Puppet Theatre Company and their show Little Frankenstein on Sunday, February 22, at 2.30pm. It tells the story of puppeteer Frank Stein who, inspired by Dr Frankenstein, creates a puppet that changes his life forever. Little Frankenstein will tickle the imagination of everyone from five to 105 years old.
Combining puppets, origami, live painting and video images, Crooked Timber brings to life the well-loved Chinese tale Liang & The Magic Paintbrush on Sunday, March 29, at 2.30pm. A truly magical adventure suitable for children aged over four.
Box Tale Soup invite the audience to join them down the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Thursday, April 2, at 2.30pm.
Carroll’s Wonderland floods onto the stage in a whirl of strange contraptions and frantic characters in a show suitable for children aged over four.
Tickets for all these shows are available from Square Chapel Box Office on 01422 349422 or online at www.squarechapel.co.uk