New season released…

With excitement we have released the 2011 January to June season today and now we can spill the beans on the new brochure design, the offers we have lined up and all the outstanding events taking place between then…

With five, yes five Scottish premieres, plenty home-grown Scottish talent, magical family friendly performances, early bird discounts and much more, you will not be disappointed.

From comedy and theatre to music, circus and physical theatre, macrobert has it all next season. Here is some highlights to whet your appetite:

Daniel Sloss: My Generation
Plus special guest Chris Forbes

After his successful gig at mFEST in 2010, Daniel Sloss, Scotland’s youngest comic prodigy and typical half-man-half-Xbox, hormone-ridden teenager, is back at macrobert by popular demand.

Saturday 5 February 8.00pm
Tickets (full) £9.50 (conc) £8.50
suitable for ages 13+
– more information and online booking here.

Jasmin Vardimon Company

After sell-out performances in the UK and internationally award-winning choreographer, director and Sadler’s Wells associate Jasmin Vardimon returns to macrobert with the Scottish premiere of 7734. Dramatically epic in scale and content, 7734 features stunning designs, live video and a richly diverse soundtrack.

Saturday 12 February 8.00pm
Tickets (full) £12 (conc) £9 (stud) £6
suitable for ages 14+
– more information and online booking here.

Theatre Modo

Starring Suzie Ferguson, SICK is a playful, powerful and poignant clown show which follows a patient through the absurdities of imposed routines and unexplained procedures, revealing her darkest thoughts and her wildest imaginings as medication, boredom and illness give wings to her flights of fancy.

Friday 4 February 8.00pm
Saturday 5 February 2.00pm & 7.00pm
Tickets (full) £12 (conc) £9 (stud) £6
Suitable for ages 11+
– more information and online booking here.

Suitcase Circus
Folded Feather

Suitcase Circus features the most unlikely of performers including the world’s only acrobatic potato sack, a daredevil ski glove, an incredible dancing milkshake straw, the hypnotic tie snake Windsor Knot, and the lovable yet bizarre magical Mexican hat Timrek. As with all quality circuses, it is accompanied by wonderful live music.

Sunday 13 March 12noon & 3.00pm
Tickets (full) £6 (conc) £5
suitable for ages 4+
– more information and online booking here.

Chouf Ouchouf

The Medina, the old quarter. Dusk falls like a shutter, then the night. Silently the walls open, and amid the maze-like streets and along the rooftops figures move on secret agendas. What, or who, is in the bag? Collaborating with Swiss artists Zimmerman & de Perrot, Groupe acrobatique de Tanger return to the UK with stunning acrobatics in their new show that captures the danger, joy and urgency of life in Tangiers.

Saturday 16 April 8.00pm
Sunday 17 April 3.00pm
Tickets (full) £12 (conc) £9 (stud) £6
Suitable for ages 7+
– more information and online booking here.

The Dolly Parton Story
Andrea Pattison and The Partoners

Paying tribute to one of the greatest icons of popular music, Dolly Parton, and featuring the stunning vocals, wit and charm of Andrea Pattison backed by an all-live four-piece band, be prepared to hear Dolly’s most celebrated material from all stages of her career.

Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 May 8.00pm
Tickets (full) £15
suitable for ages 6+
– more information and online booking

This only a small small selection of the many events we have coming to macrobert next season, check out the full line up…

– Via the macrobert website.
– Browse or download the brochure online or order a hard copy here.
– Check out the production shots for each show on our flickr here.
– Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what you think.

P.S. Santa Claus is coming…
Don’t forget that macrobert’s Christmas panto Snow White of the Seven De’Wharffs started yesterday and from the laughing, screaming and grins from the children coming out of the performance it looks like it’s a hit already!

– more information and online booking for Snow White here.
– behind the scenes gossip from Hoddit and Johnny McKnight himself here.

Another reminder, the wonderful Christmas show for 3 – 5 year olds Mr Snow starts next week, 30 November so don’t miss out!

– more information and online booking for Mr Snow here.

PPS. Keep an eye out for the funky new season trailer which will be uploaded very soon!!


The Night Pirates Review

Thom Dibdin came along to macrobert and reviewed Theatre Hullabaloo’s The Night Pirates which came here 16th october and completely sold out!

This is what Thom writes for The Stage:

‘Director Sarah Argent has not so much adapted Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright’s children’s picture book for the stage, as brought it to life. Bek Palmer’s design is all about finding a way to recreate Allwright’s dynamic style of illustration. Her solution is to make the transition of one scene to the next a part of the story – mimicking the book’s equally dynamic use of lettering.

Other companies specialising in children’s book adaptations would have given the characters additional material and big introductions – most notably Stephen Cavanagh’s Moon, who steps out of his high crib to narrate. Here, however, Cavanagh uses no more than the existing lines and his own sympathetic performance to drive the plot.

The key is a strong multidisciplinary approach. Cavanagh’s storytelling is complimented by puppetry from Samuel Dutton, who manipulates a knee-high Tom, the boy who wakes up to find that girl pirates have stolen the front of his house, and a tiny but gallus grown-up pirate, whose treasure is stolen by Tom and the girl pirates.

It is dancer Momo Yeung, as the Captain of the Girl Pirates, who ensures that the magic feels real, as she moves around the stage en pointe and then casually adds the odd grand jete into the mix. With the acrobatic Maisie Whitehead, they create both girl and grown-up pirates with ease.

Atmospheric music from Wayne Walker-Allen is vital, alghouth Nick Kent’s lighting is occasionally wayward. But it is that dressing and re-dressing of the set which really catches the imagination of the under-five audience, allowing them to feast upon the play as they would a picture.’ The Stage

Great review Thom, come back soon and see us! 🙂


Telling Tales

East Midlands Children’s Theatre Consortium bring us Telling Tales, a playful introduction to dance for Ages 4+.

The show is made up of cheeky and playful versions of The Hare and the Tortoise and The Golden Goose, plus a dressing up game with the biggest overcoat you’ve ever seen! In the finale, Sea of Clothes, skirts and shirts take on a life of their own!

Telling tales is at macrobert on Sat 13th March at 2pm and is £6 adults/£5 children, book your tickets now .

How Cold My Toes

How Cold My Toes is a fantastic show coming to macrobert next Wednesday. The show is aimed at children aged 2 and above and will take you on a magical journey through the seasons. How great does that sound?

The show is a wordless mix of performance, music and dance, which will captivate and delight the very youngest children and their families.

So if you have ever had cold toes before and enjoy the prospect of being propelled through a year and it’s 4 seasons in a one hour time frame, then this show is for you!

And…if that hasn’t grabbed you, and you are not already on the phone booking tickets, have a look at how cool the socks are in the shows flyer!

Who has a pair of socks like this?

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