Holiday fun at town’s first comedy fest

The countdown to the Halifax Comedy Festival has begun and promises to deliver plenty of laughs for both young and old.

Running from Ocober 23 to 31, the festival will see more than 100 artists decamp to 14 venues across the town.

And as the school holiday nears, there will be no excuse for boredom thanks to a week packed full of comedy workshops and entertainment designed especially for little ones.

Kicking off the wealth of top family picks is Marty Macdonald’s Farm on Saturday, October 24, at 3.30pm.

Directed by one of the UK’s most experience children’s producers, Iain Lauchlan, who created the Tweenies, and featuring the voice of Justin Fletcher as Pongo the Pig, this fun farmyard frolic will be a visual and musical treat for young children. £12 for adults, £11 for children.

Workshops based on the performances will also run at the Central Library at 11.30am and 2pm. Head along to enjoy a craft and mask making session. £5 for one workshop, £4 each for two workshops (adults go free). Or enjoy the show and take part in two workshops for a package price of £15 for children and £12 for adults. Suitable for children aged four plus.

On Sunday, October 25, explore the art of telling stories with a story theatre workshop and performance at the Victoria Theatre.

Workshops, £5 for one and £4 for two, will run at 11.30am and 2pm. Be transported to a different world with the storytelling performance at 3pm, as the festival’s very own traditional storyteller conjures up magical worlds with words and pictures. Suitable for children aged 6 and above. £6 for children, £3 for adults or see the storytelling performance and enjoy both workshops for a package price of £14 for children and £3 for adults.

Thursday, October 29, sees the unmissable Falcon’s Malteser hit the Square Chapel. Based on Anthony Horowitz’s book and adapted for the stage by New Old Friends, the show is a hilarious family film noir pastiche following the adventures of the hopelessly inept private detective Tim Diamond and his sharp witted brother Nick. It features slapstick, comedy songs and a cast of four playing 20 characters. Suitable for children aged 8 and above. £12 adults and £10 concession.

Workshops based on The Falcon’s Malteser will run at 2pm and 4pm at Orangebox Young People’s Centre. £5, but special reductions are available when purchased with a ticket for the show.

And if you know a budding young comedian, improvisation and stand-up workshops on Friday, October 30, will be the perfect way to end the school holiday.

The week will end with a magical Halloween performance of Hansel and Gretel at the Victoria Theatre, suitable for all the family. Tickets are £13 for adults and £11 for children.