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


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


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.

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

Our fancy new treehouse garden

The lovely people at Stirling University gave our treehouse a fab little plot of land at the back of the building and we have eventually managed to get it all dug up, planted and looking just braw, with the help of a few little ones ofcourse!

Our treehouse will be making sure that the plants are watered, fed and kept happy and the children in the treehouse will be able to help with their little watering cans as our treehouse staff will take them out, help the kids water the plants and let them watch over time as their little plants turn bloom into beautiful, colourful flowers.

Check out what’s on at our treehouse and meet the team here.

You can also sign up to receive a monthly e-newsletter for our treehouse and children’s events here.

Meet the team for One Little Word

M6 Theatre Company will be visiting macrobert this weekend with the beautiful One Little WordOne Little Word is a show especially created for young children, and contains only one spoken word. We meet two characters who play together, exploring a new space, new objects, dressing up and taking turns – but struggles arise when one of them wants to be the only captain of the ship! One Little Word is a beautiful and gentle story of friendship, power struggles and creative play.

Meet the team behind the wonderful show:

Creative Team Biographies

Andy Manley – Director

As an actor, deviser and director, Andy has been involved with many of the children’s theatre companies in Scotland. His directing credits include work for Catherine Wheels, Scottish Opera, Macrobert Arts Centre, Shona Reppe Puppets, M6 Theatre Company and Polka Theatre. Most recently he has created the multi award winning White for Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. 

Gilly Baskeyfield – Rehearsal Director

Gilly graduated from Hull University in 1985 and lives in Marsden with her family.  Her performing career has included theatre, television and stand up comedy. Gilly has worked extensively with M6 on a range of projects as performer, workshop facilitator and director.  Dot and Gilly worked as co – directors on M6’s innovative, multi sensory theatre installation ‘Jaz and Flo’ and on M6’s last production – ‘Sunflowers and Sheds’.  Gilly was in the original cast of One Little Word and has been with the project since its earliest days.  She is delighted to be rehearsal Director for this tour.
Tayo Akinbode – Musician/Sound Composer

Tayo wrote his first musical score 1982 and since then has worked with numerous companies as composer or musical director. Previous credits include: Haunted, Royal Exchange; Our Day Out, The Sheffield Crucible; Maid Marion, Bristol Old Vic; Mother Courage, Nottingham Playhouse/Eclipse; If Music Be The Food Of Love, Mine’s A Jam Butty, BBC Radio; The Virtual Body, Granada TV; Othello, RSC; Sleeping Beauty, Liverpool Everyman.

Tayo recently composed music for The Bacchae at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester following his return from China as composer for the outdoor spectacular Aqua for Oct East and is very happy to be working with the M6 team in Rochdale once again.

Adam Carrée – Lighting Designer

Adam studied lighting design at Rose Bruford College graduating in 1997.  Since then he has worked as a freelance lighting designer.  This is the third show he has worked on with M6; previous productions are Danny, King of the basement, Best Friends and Sunflowers and Sheds.

Previous lighting designs include: Faust for Burning Cat Productions, Flavio for Early Opera Company, RSVP with Philine Janssens for The Place Prize, Rites/Before Night Falls for Company Chameleon, The Cat Who Ran, and The Tempest for Unicorn Theatre, For The Best with Mark Storor and the Unicorn Theatre, Sutra, and Babel (Olivier Nominated) with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Antony Gormley.

Cast Biographies

Luke Walker

Luke has worked with M6 Theatre Company since 2007 on several shows including Danny, King of the Basement, Small Change, Sunflowers and Sheds and the previous tour of One Little Word.  Previous credits include work for Northern Broadsides, Bolton Octagon and NTC Theatre Companies.

Luke also writes plays including Mind the Gap, which he wrote and performed in (nominated for a Manchester Evening News Award for Best New Play) and Make Believe. Luke is currently working on another couple of plays which may or may not see a stage one day!
Eve Robertson

Eve is excited to be back at M6 with One little word after a successful autumn tour of Sunflower and Sheds. Other credits include:

Road & Spring & port wine, Bolton Octagon.  Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Blue Remembered Hills, Feelgood Theatre productions.  Mortal Ash, Oldham Coliseum.  The Snow Queen, Theatre by the lake & Chester Gateway.  A Midsummer Nights Dream, The New Vic, Stoke.  Hindle Wakes, The Royal Exchange.

Education work: Newfound Theatre Company, Oldham Coliseum, Brief Candle, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hull Truck.  TV credits: Emmerdale, Peak Practice, Casualty, A&E, and Coronation Street.

One Little Word

Friday 27 – Sunday 29 May 11.00am & 2.00pm
approximately 35 minutes
Suitable for ages 3+

Tickets £6 / £5

More info and online booking here

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!!

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