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.

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.

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! 🙂

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!


‘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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