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The macrobert, (also fondly known as the macbob, so I’ve heard).

When I first heard about it I thought ‘it’s a University theatre, purely  for the benefit of the students and staff and probably run by a bunch of would be actors’ – oh! How wrong I was.

To tell you more, we’re a family of four, well five if you include the dog, but he doesn’t come to the theatre with us for obvious reasons, there’s me (Mairi), husband Kevin, Emma whose 8 and little sister Dana at 7.

We love going to the cinema and theatre, the girls are just getting to the right age to shout out ‘he’s behind you’ and ‘oh! No he didn’t’ actually Kevin and I enjoy that bit too!

Our first experience of the macrobert was when the girls were a bit younger and we were given tickets to the see the ‘Singing Kettle’. Along we went all done up in fancy dress, and immediately I was captivated. We got a friendly welcome from start to finish! Good point no. 1.

The show was fab as expected and at the interval we girls trooped to the loos (never an experience I enjoy when out and about) while Kevin got the ice-creams. Good point no. 2 the loos are spotless, odour free, plenty paper towels and soap, quite a joy to take young children too!! Oh! The ice-cream is excellent too and not sold at rip off prices like some of the bigger theatres I’ve experienced. There also doesn’t appear to be an issue about you taking in your own snacks for the wee ones, which is always appreciated. The staff simply stands at the door with a black bag for you to deposit your rubbish in, which is only fair if you’re not the type to take it home with you. Good point no. 3!

The next time we visited we tried the cinema and it’s definitely worth a visit with young ones, just the right size, no-one minds if they make a noise and again all the same fab service as before.

A few years back I was desperate to get the girls into panto so off to the macrobert we went and its brill. Johnny McKnight is a star and its laughs from start to finish, last December was our third visit and we’ll be booking again this year. The auditorium is just the right size I think for little people without being too overwhelming, and the atmosphere is superb, we make a point of going on Christmas Eve for the matinée performance but I’m sure the other shows are just as good. Now that takes me onto another point, (number 4 I think), when your out and about it can be a struggle finding somewhere family friendly to eat at a reasonable price, not a problem here! The restaurant is amazing – the food is freshly cooked; staff helpful and prices well within budget. Last year we opted for the Christmas menu and the children loved it right down to the crackers on the table!

Can I just point out that it’s a dawdle to book tickets too, I’ve always done it over the ‘phone, the staff are helpful, suggest the best seats etc and prices are reasonable for all shows as far as I can see. A family trip to the theatre in Glasgow or Edinburgh can set you back especially once you factor in food, transport, snacks etc but at the macrobert it stays well within budget.

Recently, I’ve looked into the courses they run for children over the holidays, craft type workshops but we haven’t tried them yet, similarly I haven’t ever used the crèche facility they offer but I’d be confident enough to recommend them.

All in all the macrobert is a fabulous place, so give it a try and see!!

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About macrobert
macrobert arts centre offers an exciting programme of events that welcomes everyone. Choose from a fantastic programme of live events including theatre, dance and music. There is also a full cinema programme with films showing to suit all ages and tastes. There are lots of fun activities for children and young people: creative factories, supervised arts and craft sessions in treehouse, tailor made birthday parties, and youth theatre and dance groups. TICKETS AND INFORMATION LINE 01786 466666 You can also follow macrobert on Facebook , Twitter and Bebo. For special offers and to get all the macrobert news first, sign up for our weekly e-bulletin via www.macrobert.org.

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