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

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Cracking reviews for macrobert’s panto

Jackie and the Beanstalk is up and running and well it’s just pure magic! Receiving 4 star reviews from both The Herald and The Guardian there really is no excuse not to come along…

a panto with its finger on today’s pulse” Mary Brennan, The Herald, read full review here

If anyone still thinks panto is a throwback to a misogynist past, they need to take a look at the macrobert’s glorious giant-slaying romp” Mark Fisher, The Guardian, read full review here

an entertaining, intelligent celebration and deconstruction of the traditional Scottish pantomime.” The Stage, read full review here

a lively, rollicking show, with plenty of fine panto qualitiesThe Scotsman

Writer, director and star of this year’s panto, Johnny McKnight tells Stirling Observer;

“Well for me, when setting about writing this year’s panto, my first issue was that, traditionally, Jack and the Beanstalk is usually very male-heavy in terms of casting: Dame, Jack, his brother, the baddie, the baddie’s sidekick,”

“I really wanted to try and push more females into the story.” Read more of the interview here.

Make sure you get your tickets and see this hilarious, magical, raunchy and festive pantomime and fill your family full of festive happiness 🙂

Jackie and the Beanstalk runs until 7th January 2012

www.macrobert.org/panto

Meet the panto cast…

Jonathan Holt,  last year’s Prince Rupert Charming Darling will be starring in macrobert’s panto Jackie and the Beanstalk this year as the baddy! We asked Jonathan to tell us a bit about himself, so have a read and you will see he really isn’t a baddy at heart…

First theatre stage you stood on?  His Majesty Theatre, Aberdeen.
Last stage you stood on before the pantomime? The Traverse, Edinburgh.

First childhood memory? Two massive hands!

Best moment on stage? First standing ovation.

Most funny thing that’s happened to you on stage? Corpsing in a serious scene.

Last form you filled out? Tax return.

First job? Mace, shelf stocker.

First thing you think about each day?
My bed.

First thing you do each morning? Get out of bed.

Last song you listened to? Alive, Pearl Jam.

First show you fell in love with? Les Miserables, I was 10.

First big disappointment? Les Miserables, it wasn’t the original cast.

First lesson learnt? Shoe laces probably or walking actually came first.

Last lesson learnt? How to tie my shoe laces and walk after a few nippy sweeties.

Last really good meal you ate? Aberdeen Angus fillet steak.

First pantomime you saw? Jack and the Beanstalk.

Favourite place in Scotland? Any good pub with good friends.

Last creation? A monster.

First thing you quit? My high pressured job in the city, I was 6 ½.

First guilty pleasure? Last of the Summer Wine, I was 6 ¾.

Favourite prop used on stage? Assault rifle.

Last impulse-buy? The Best of the Replacements, music album.

Last thing you did for the sake of the environment? Turned off the generator I use to power my giant neon self portrait.

Last time you had to eat humble pie? Not a fan of pudding.

Last argument?
1993, it was over a bag of Skips.

Last thing you’ll ever do? Breathe.

Last request? Some sort of breathing apparatus.

A quote that inspired you? Climb, climb up sunshine mountain, where the little daisies grow.

Last (famous) words? Our own question, if you have one! I came, I saw, I bought the T-Shirt, took it home, tried it on, it didn’t fit, took it back, got a refund and went to the pub.

Jonathan in macrobert’s panto Snow White  of the Seven De’Wharffs 2010

Jackie and the Beanstalk 2011/2012 is on sale now, for more information and online booking head to macrobert’s website.

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.

Merry Christmas from macrobert…

From all at macrobert, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

Don’t forget Snow White of the Seven De’Wharffs runs until the 5 January and Mr Snow until 31 December , so get yourselves along and enjoy the Christmas festivities with macrobert.

For the new year, we have plenty of choice for you along with some lovely offers. From comedy and theatre to music, circus and
physical theatre, macrobert has it all next season.
Remember you can buy gift vouchers which would make the perfect Christmas present, just call our box office on 01786 466666 for more information.

January and February cinema is now online and ready to book, have a look here to see what’s coming in the new year.

Most importantly have an awesome Christmas and we hope that Santa is very generous!

Visit us soon,

macrobert x

What a festive treat….

Even with all this terrible weather, macrobert is open for business as usual despite the current weather conditions,  all shows and screenings are scheduled to take place. The roads on the university campus are cleared on a regular basis, but please check public transport schedules and road conditions prior to your travel. However, we don’t have the expertise to risk assess customer’s journey to macrobert, so please make sure to assess the weather situation ahead of your journey and give yourself plenty of time.

It is absolutely beautiful over here, just take a look at these photos! What’s even better is that you could stick on your wellies, come for a wee walk around the loch then join us at macrobert for a bowl of hot soup, a delicious hot chocolate and then see one of our three shows, Snow White of the Seven De’Wharffs is the panto this year, White is for the 0 -3 year olds and wait for it…. Mr Snow for the 3-5 year olds, what could be more appropriate than bringing the kids along, in the snow to meet Mr Snow who is a snowologist and looks at lots of different kinds of snow, from elephant snow and small snow to lightening snow and hot snow. It’s just so festive over this end so why not come and join us, make the most of the weather and be creative.

Take a look to the right and you will see our stream of images from flickr, you will find photos from all our Christmas performances, next season and other macrobert images, click on the images to the right which will take you to our account, feel free to leave comments and feedback!

See you soon and merry Christmas… 🙂 x

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.

7734
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.

SICK
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!!

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