How a Ward Forum Grant brought some festive cheer

Healthy Minds  Calderdale used a £500 Ovenden Ward Forum Grant to take families in hardship from the area to the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime at Victoria Theatre in December 2021.

Kate Edwards said We were very lucky because the families all had tickets for the matinee performance if Jack and the Beanstalk on Weds 29th December which turned out to be the last performance of the run because the remaining 5 shows were cancelled due to Covid affecting cast members and theatre staff shortages!

We are grateful to the Victoria Theatre who offered us the tickets at a discounted rate. The staff were really helpful when it came to booking and were clearly doing a fantastic job under difficult circumstances.

Many thanks again to the Ward Forum members for making the project possible with a generous grant.

Families enjoyed the performance and the Piece Hall afterwards. Some of the feedback said:

“My niece and her children absolutely loved it, my niece said the costumes and actors were fabulous and it really put them all in the Christmas spirit. The children were laughing and joining in from beginning to end. So, thank you again for helping to make Christmas extra special for them.” – Julia

“We had an amazing time today at the pantomime and wanted to thank you and your team for the tickets which were very much appreciated and cheered up my children no end….and me!  A welcome relief from some of the doom and gloom! We made the most of the day with free Christmas activities in the market as well. Happy Christmas and take care.” – Lynsey

“It was brilliant and a first time for my boys at the theatre. Thank you so much for the opportunity to take them.’ – Rachael

If that does sound like something your organisation may want to do, why not approach the team to enquire how securing a North and East Ward Forum Grant can help bring your project to life.

For more information about Ward Forum Grants and to apply online, visit here

If you have a good idea for a project and require some support getting it off the ground,  send an email to or give us a call on 01422 252209. We are here to help you.

Ward Forum Grants are distributed quarterly. This round of Ward Forum Grants closes on 24 March 2022.


Santa’s Christmas Rescue – Online Christmas Show from the Victoria Theatre

The Victoria Theatre has teamed up with their Pantomime production company, Imagine Theatre, to bring an online Santa show into the homes of families in the borough this Christmas.

Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a 35-minute live theatre show for children up to age 7 or those who are simply young at heart! It will be streamed from 10 December 2020 and for just £5 you can have unlimited views up until 3 January 2021.

The online streaming of Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a great opportunity for people to support their local theatre in such a difficult time for the industry and ensure live performances will be back once more next year.

There is also an option to purchase a ticket at £7.50, with the additional £2.50 going to Acting for Others, a charity supporting theatre professionals throughout the UK.

For more information and links to the download please visit: and please share this message far and wide so that families with young children can still enjoy some live theatre in the safety and comfort of home this Christmas.

Let your dreams take flight with Peter Pan this Christmas

peter-panJoin Imagine Theatre on a magical journey and fly away to Neverland in this fantastic new panto for
2016 and see if Wendy, Michael and John can help Peter Pan and the Lost Boys defeat the villainous Captain Hook!

Saturday 10 December to Monday 2 January 2017
At Victoria Theatre, Halifax – In the Main Auditorium

Ticket Prices:

  • GREEN performances: £18.95(discounts available)
  • RED performances: £15.00 (discounts available)

* Prices inclusive of a £1 Theatre Support Fee when booking via the box office and an additional £1.10 booking fee if booking online

Assisted performances:

Schools’ ‘Side of Stage’ Signed performance – Wednesday 14 December, 10.15am

Touch Tour – Saturday 17 December, 12pm
Visually-impaired theatre-goers get direct access to the stage and the opportunity to handle props. Please reserve your place via the Box Office.

Integrated Signed Performance – 28 December, 5.30pm & 29 December, 1pm
Where a BSL interpreter is involved in the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance – Friday 30 December, 10.30am
For children or adults with special needs, including Autistic Spectrum conditions and/or learning difficulties.

Click here to book online

Cinderella Christmas Panto starts this weekend!

Cinderella dreams of escaping the life she has fallen into. With the arrival of invitations to Prince Charming’s grand ball, it seems she may get her wish. However, the Ugliest Sisters in pantoland are determined to keep her as their servant.

Cinderella is at Victoria Theatre from Saturday 12 December to Sunday 3 January.

The spectacular scenery, breathtaking costumes, fabulous songs and hilarious knock-about comedy make this one of the best traditional family pantomimes around.

Click here to see details of all performance times or to book your tickets online.

Beauty and the Beast – Easter Pantomime

B&B-VicTheatreDon’t miss another fun-filled Easter pantomime from the same team behind The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan on Sunday 5 April 2015 at 2pm and 5.30pm at the Victoria Theatre.

With a star cast including Bobby Davro and Dani Harmer, impressive music, energetic dance routines as well as plenty of jokes, slapstick and heaps of audience participation!

Our spellbinding pantomime for Easter 2015 tells the story of Beauty who longs for romance and adventure, a bad-mannered Prince who is transformed into a Beast to teach him a lesson and a good Fairy who makes both their dreams come true.

Tickets cost £20 – £21.10* with discounts available… book yours online today!

* Prices inclusive of a £1 Theatre Support Fee when booking via the box office and an additional £1.10 booking fee if booking online

Jack and the Beanstalk – Extra performance added

J&B-DetailDue to popular demand there will be an extra performance of Jack and the beanstalk on Sunday 4 January 2015 in the main auditorium of the Victoria Theatre, Halifax at 1pm

On their farm in Merrydale our hero Jack, his mother Dame Trot, and his brother Simon haven’t a bean to their name! Their friendly cow, Daisy, has gone dry and worse still the village is being destroyed by the evil giant Blunderbore.

With spectacular scenery, stupendous costumes, hilarious slapstick and bags of audience participation, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be a treat for all the family!

Tickets cost £13 to £14.10 and £16.95 to £18.05 which includes a £1 Theatre Support Fee when booking via the box office and an additional £1.10 booking fee when booking online.

If you missed it the first time but would like to see this brilliant performance, click here to book your tickets online.

The wild adventures of Robin Hood at the Square Chapel

wild adventures of Robin HoodComing to Square Chapel from Tuesday 16 to Wednesday 24 December for this festive family show packed full of sword-fighting, slapstick, songs and silliness.

From the team behind last year’s Hunt for the Scroobious Pip, comes the story of Robin Hood, as you’ve never seen it before. Three multi-talented performers journey into the world of the original caped crusader, but they need your help…

The evil Sheriff of Nottingham has plans to cancel Christmas. Will you join Robin’s merry band and help defeat the Sheriff?

Performance dates and times:

  • 16 Dec 2014 – 1.30pm and
  • 17 Dec 2014 – 10.30am and 1.30pm
  • 18 Dec 2014 – 10.30 am and 1.30pm
  • 19 Dec 2014 – 10.30am
  • 20 Dec 2014 – 2pm and 6pm
  • 21 Dec 2014 – 12pm and 3pm
  • 22 Dec 2014 – 3pm and 7pm
  • 23 Dec 2014 – 3pm and 7pm
  • 24 Dec 2014 – 12pm and 3pm

Tickets cost £13 and £11 which includes a £1 booking fee with family tickets and tickets for school groups are also available.

Tickets for school groups can be purchased and are priced at £7 and school shows on the 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th are open to the public, but only available to book through the Box Office on 01422 349 422.

To book your tickets online now, please click here.