Explorers, polar bears, a dog called bog and a wee cheeky penguin…

Polar Molar is macrobert’s Christmas show for 3 to 5 year olds this winter and well, it’s just lovely! Written by Abigail Docherty and directed by Lu Kemp, this magical adventure has a clear sense that the environment is important and shouldn’t be destroyed and yet still full of silliness. Thom Dibdin from The Stage describes Polar Molar as “a charmingly imaginative adventure” you can read the full review here.

SO… It’s the year 2020. Captain Scot Scott and his dog Dogbog have been sent on a mission to find the last polar bear. But no one has seen a polar bear in years – they don’t know what it looks like or how to find it. You, the audience are the little huskies that help Captain Scot Scott drive the snowmobile and encounter some cheeky animals along the way…

Running until 31st December 2011

Still some tickets left, grab yours now online here or call us on 01786 466666

Happy birthday to us…

We have alovely article all about out 40th Birthday in the Stirling Minds magazine… very interesting read, have a look here and see what our plans are!

Amanda x

It will be Fe Fi Fo – Fun this Christmas

We are delighted to announce that this year’s family pantomime will be Jackie and the Beanstalk which is also written, directed and starring everyone’s favourite panto dame Johnny McKnight!

This year Stirling Stella is at crisis point – Fairy Mary Christmas has been kidnapped by the evil Giant Sleigh-Stacks robbing the entire pantosphere of their Christmas Spirit. Only one band of merry revelers from Skinto-Row can save them – Dave Dot Von Trott and her two daughters, the beautiful (but rather dim) Jilly and everyone’s favourite tom-boy, Jackie. However the double-dipper recession means that none of them can afford the airfare to get to the Giants Castle to save the day. Will they be forced to sell their beloved cow Daisy Moo-Moo to soar skyward? Will Dame Dot ever pay her rent money in time to the dashing Count Monty Bisto? Will Jackie ever find her one true love? Will the spirit of Christmas ever return to the pantosphere?

Our recently appointed Artistic Director, Liam Sinclair is really looking forward to his first commissioned pantomime. ”The whole team at macrobert is very proud of our fantastic pantomime and the great talent of our young performers. Our production leads the way in Scotland in the involvement of so many young people and this year we will have over 30 people in the young cast, drawn from our macrobert youth groups and from right across Central Scotland. It is genuinely heart-warming to see all generations in the audience having fun together and I am looking forward to working with Johnny McKnight and his fantastic team on what will be another superb production.”

With this in mind, if you or anyone you know aged between 10 and 17 who enjoys singing, dancing and acting want to get involved in our young cast then get in touch and register for an audition!  To register for an audition please email Amy McCallum with name, date of birth, address and telephone number by Friday 22 April. Full details for the audition will be confirmed in advance. Spaces are limited, so booking in as early as possible is recommended.

Charlie and Lola come to life at macrobert…

Everyone’s favourite brother and sister Charlie and Lola will be visiting macrobert on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April with Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play

The stars of the hit BBC TV series and books by Lauren Child are brought to life by a magical mix of puppets, live action and music where the 2-D and 3-D worlds mingle as we find out if Lola will ever tidy her room or if Charlie will get Lola to sleep, even though she is not sleepy and will not go to bed. The Tigers want their bedtime milk, the Dancing Dogs have borrowed Lola’s pyjamas – not to mention the Ogre in the wardrobe! Who’d have known there were so many problems to overcome?

An absolutely fantastic show which is guaranteed to put a grin on the whole family’s face. You don’t have to take our word for it however, this is what other parents have to say:

“I was rather worried that the kids might be disappointed as they know the TV series really well but it was just like it, only more magical, they loved it….”. P Bacon, Otley

“We certainly enjoyed the show as it really brought alive the magic of the books and characters my older daughter loves so much.” Sara Knowles, Buxton

“We had a great time. This is the first time I have seen Jake [aged four and a half]rapt in the theatre (and laughing his head off). And so was I, it was a lovely piece of work, and the puppets worked so well for that story.” Steve D, Oxford

The press also highly recommend Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play:

“Absolutely ever so well done to everyone connected with Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play for caring enough to get it spot on, and in such blissfully accurate detail…. this show is magic from start to finish.” The Herald

“Utterly charming, and engaging for even the fidgetiest of toddlers.” The List

“I thoroughly enjoyed the creative yet faithful translation of the books for the stage. More importantly, so did my three year old. 4 stars.” Time Out

It’s the start of the Easter holidays so what better excuse is there… get along, get involved and meet the kid’s bestest friends Charlie and Lola!

Book online on the macrobert website, call us on 01786 466666 or pop along and visit us 🙂

Easter at macrobert

We know how difficult it can be to keep the kids entertained over the holidays so we have lots lined up to help you out…

Don’t Look Down! – A performance skills workshop on physical comedy, laughter and creativity. Led by Plutôt La Vie Artists, this workshop is about exploring and creating good comedy and clowning. It’s about a state of being open, curious, playful and relaxed, without fear of failure. Includes a ticket to a performance of By the Seat of Your Pants.

DAFT – a film workshop working with our film artist using professional equipment to film a range of creative content and interviews throughout the week.

We also have plenty going on in the treehouse creche for ages 6 weeks – 12 years old including puppet maing, face painting and Easter activities, more information on these events here.

Also during the Easter holidays there are plenty family films such as Yogi Bear, Gnomeo & Juliet and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader plus amazing family live performances of Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play, By The Seat Of Your Pants, Chouf Ouchouf and the Puppet Animation Festival… there really is no need for anyone to have nothing to do!

Please click the links above for more info and online booking. You can also download the Easter flyer here and well, I hope to see you very soon at macrobert 🙂

Hello again!

Hi all, sorry it’s been so long but not to worry I’m back!

So, it’s been all go here at macrobert, we have had a very successful season so far with plenty of fab press reviews, audience feedback and just in general an amazing atmosphere!

At the moment we are in the process of recruiting two new directors, moving the office around, getting to grips with this year’s panto (yes, I know it’s only Spring!) and programming for another exciting season August – December 2011… uber busy here 🙂

Thought you would all like to know about Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play which will be gracing the macrobert stage on the 5 & 6 April, this is the cutest show for kids 3+. Check out the production shots below;

Tickets £10 / £38 family ticket, book online here or call us on 01786 466666.

I will be back very soon with more news and behind the scenes goss for you so keep your eyes peeled! 🙂

‘Hoddit’ from this years panto talks…

Hoddit here, one of Prince Rupert Charming Darling’s henchmen.

Well, what can I say, we have been rehearsing now for a couple of months and everything is really coming together. Karen (or the slave driver as we like to call her), has been putting us through our choreography and we are shedding the pounds faster than the contestants on America’s Biggest Loser! This is not good because myself and fellow henchman Doddit, need to gain about 10 stone in one and a half months. You see, as a henchman, you can’t get away with being 5 stone and, being the method actors that we are, no fat suits for us oh no! – just loads of pies. In fact, when I’m done here, I’m straight off to Greigs for some butties and cream cakes. You have to suffer for your art you know!

Joey as Pookie the Butler in last year’s Sleeping Beauty

So yeah, it’s really great fun working with my lovely friends the nuns, the De-wharffs, those strange walking talking foxes and the poor souls trapped inside a mirror (who are actually really friendly) and we are raring to go!

If you’ve seen this blog, maybe you can come to the show with a sign, that says “HODDIT! I READ YOUR BLOG!” so I can count how many people have read it (although I may be a bit busy at the time!). Anyway. Come to the Pantosphere. You know you want to!

Hoddit out!

Joey Lawrence is in this year’s Young Company for 2010’s panto Snow White of The Seven De’Wharffs, watch this space where some of the others in the Young Company will be talking to us about their roles.

Tickets are going fast so book now, call us on 01786 466666, book online or pop along and see us.

For more info, dates and times check out the macrobert website.

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