Rosie rides in to entertain family audiences

Family shows are to the fore at Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, with plenty of opportunity to introduce young children to the magic of live theatre.

One of the season highlights is ‘Rosie’s Magic Horse’, a new production based on the book by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Quentin Blake, which will be staged on Sunday, September 6.

A treat for families with children aged three-plus, the show tells the story of Rosie whose collection of ice-lolly sticks becomes a magical horse named Stickemio on the stroke of midnight. It is a heart-warming tale of aspiration, friendship and adventure - with a little bit of mischief!

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On Sunday, October 25, CBeebies’ Patrick Lynch will present his adaptation of the popular children’s story ‘Puss in Boots’ and on Sunday, November 8 families are invited to see ‘A Real Mermaid’s Tale’, an exciting adventure full of pirates, sea creatures and treasure.

Young film fans will be able to enjoy a special screening of the classic Roald Dahl story ‘Matilda’ on Sunday, August 23.

As well as family films, there are a few cult classics and favourites this autumn including ‘The Tribe’ on September 2, ‘The History Boys’ on September 5 and ‘Whiplash’ on October 7.

Musical highlights will include the Funkside Soul Band (September 19), the Nightingale Quartet (October 16), The Swing Commanders (November 6), Sarah McQuaid (November 8) and Roisin Ban (November 29).

At Christmas ‘The Snow Queen’ will entertain family audiences.

For full details and a new season brochure tel: 01422 349422 or visit

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