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.

Advertisements

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

Come and see us at Dobbies…

For the past few years, macrobert’s young cast from the pantomime has been invited down to Dobbies to join the parade which takes Santa from his ride, through Dobbies and into his grotto…

Once again, our young cast will be joining the parade this Sunday, 21st November at Dobbies. Santa will be arriving at 11.30am and this year he will be turning up in a horse and carriage. Also at Dobbies will be a pipe band along with many other festive treats and will be sure to get even the Bah! Humbugs! out there into the Christmas spirit.

Why not come along, cheer Santa into his grotto, enjoy a Christmas carol or two and get a sneak peek of what characters to expect in this year’s panto Snow White of the Seven De’Wharffs?

Dobbies, Drip Road, Stirling.
Santa arrives at 11.30am

Be there! 🙂

Sneak preview for kids Christmas show at macrobert…

The Herald Angel-award winning show White will be at macrobert for a limited period in the run up to Christmas. A performance especially for 0-3 year olds and their families, we are uber excited for this show and thought we should share this sneak preview with you…

Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White.  Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. We watch, we help. The world is bright, ordered and white. But high up in the trees, all is not white. Colour appears. First red… then yellow… then blue…

White is a playful and highly visual new show for very young children and is a perfect first time theatre experience.

‘One of Scotland’s top theatre groups for children’ The Scotsman

‘The high wire act of Scottish children’s theatre’ Times Educational Supplement

8 – 24 December, times vary. Tickets £6.50 / £5.50 children

Many performances sold out already so don’t delay, book your tickets now for this magical little performance. Book online here or call us on 01786 466666.

And so the countdown begins….

3 weeks and 1 day until macrobert’s wacky panto and 52 days until Christmas day, apologies if this makes you feel sick or brings you back to reality but it has to be done  ….
Aladdin, macrobert’s panto 2004
Have a look through our Flickr channel and travel back in time by looking at our past pantomimes from as far back as 2004, the good auld days eh!? You can see how our panto’s have been evolving and will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect this year…. much hilarity, silliness, magic and wacky costumes!

Cinderella, macrobert panto 2007

So as the countdown begins, get yourself into the festive spirit, enjoy our archive of panto photos, keep an eye out for our Christmas menu, get your tickets booked and your best outfit out and ready and the mulled wine a simmering.

 

 

Snow White of the Seven De’Wharff’s is a magical yet wacky infusion of the classic story of Snow White AND The Sound of Music, so as you can imagine there is much fun to be had this year! Many performances have sold out so get your tickets now online, call us on 01786 466666 or pop in and see us 🙂

Merry Christmas and all that!

 

%d bloggers like this: