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#payitforward donation that you can give. This will go straight back into supporting our projects across Centrestage!

Hello What a lovely Summer it has been. It has been wonderful to welcome so many friends old and new to our classes, activities and

performances across the Summer and we are so looking forward to our Autumn season and all that it will bring. Our new programme of Creative Learning classes is underway and we hope that you’ll find something just for you. However, over the months ahead, look out for the slots of activities that we will be trialling

as we prepare to be able to offer far more for everyone, of all ages, when the Village opens in 2020. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so don’t hesitate to let anyone in the team know if there is something that you’d love to try that we can make happen! In the weeks and months ahead, we will also be asking everyone to share their Centrestage memories

over the years in memory books, notice boards and social media across every location where #funfoodfolk activities are taking place. It’s so important that we take time to remember all the parts of our story so far as we prepare for the next chapter. Sincere thanks to everyone across our community for your support. We are so excited to have more

opportunities to bring people together, making more memories in the years ahead. Here’s to an amazing Autumn!


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‘Once upon a time there was a piece of wood…’ Our Dance Theatre Company brought Pinocchio to life in May with their own incredible interpretation of the classic tale. We first meet Pinocchio when a sad Geppetto wishes

Jennifer told us; “The cast were just fantastic, they really got the audience involved and the entire show was just so funny from start to finish!”

he had a son and the Blue Fairy, who overhears him,

Overall, the evening was a great success with audience

waves her wand and brings the wooden puppet Pinocchio

members still singing the praises of our cast and crew on

to life. However, chaos ensues when the reckless Pinocchio

their way to their cars.

makes selfish decisions and sends everyone else’s lives into turmoil. The performers portrayed the tale effortlessly from Jiminy








We’re excited to see what Autumn brings!


Cricket’s upbeat tap dance to the Fox and Cat’s hilarious duet, every audience member was completely enthralled by the dancers’ movements. The interactive portion of the performance was also a big hit, which saw Pinocchio and Jiminy unexpectedly wander into the auditorium to eat popcorn and watch the puppet show on stage with the other audience members. Linda stopped to tell us; “I just thought the whole show was spectacular, from the actual performance on stage to the brilliant comedic timing. It was absolutely hilarious from start to finish!” At the end of the first Act, and as the audience poured out for snacks and refreshments, the performers continued the show into the reception area as cast members ran through to chase the others. This was met with delight (and slight confusion!) from the audience as they were entertained throughout the interval as well as during the show. Page 05. | Your Centrestage Page 05. | Your Centrestage


Saturday 1st June marked an uplifting night for Centrestage theatre as our audience were treated to an incredible showcase by our flagship Gospel & Soul Choir and special guests FIZZ and SHINE, our Junior Gospel & Soul performers. Act One of the evening kicked off with ‘This Is Me’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack and ‘Walking on Sunshine’ which instantly brought the audience to their feet. The feel good atmosphere continued throughout the act, including renditions of ‘Shallow’ from the ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack, ‘My Church’ and a medley from ‘Chess’ all ensuring the audience were singing along until the interval. Barbara told us; “I always come along to the Gospel & Soul shows. The vocal ability is just second to none and you’re always ensured a great night out!” Act Two opened with powerhouse performances of ‘You’re The

Voice’ and ‘Something Inside So Strong’. ‘Life’s A Happy Song’ and ‘Man In The Mirror’ were led by our Junior singers FIZZ and SHINE, before the choir joined them for the final powerful ‘Les Misérables’ medley. Jean told us; “You know you’re always in for a good night when it

comes to the Gospel & Soul Choir. Each performer was absolutely outstanding!” Rounding off the evening in Centrestage tradition was ‘Oh Happy Day’, during which the choir came down to the floor and encouraged members of the audience to get on their feet!

A wonderful way to end a truly inspiring evening. Are you interested in joining our Gospel & Soul Choirs for their next performance? Come along on Friday evenings and join in the fun!

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We joined Cindy Lu and her friends on a holiday to Spain at the Centrestage Theatre this June. However, The Grinch and his trusty sidekick Max had other ideas as they arrived with a cunning plot to steal the sun!

Audience members joined us for three shows over the course of the day on Sunday 2nd June to find out if The Grinch would ever give the sun back so Cindy Lu and her friend could enjoy their holiday. The 4-7yrs Musical Theatre Company delighted their friends and family members with their brilliant acting and hilarious one-liners as they became invested in finding out what would happen to the ‘Wee Stars’ Summer holiday. The Monday, Friday and Saturday classes gave excellent performances amidst a cast that, not only included Cindy Lu and The Grinch, but also The Incredibles and some minions too! Family member Graeme said; “My daughter is in the Friday class and I thought she did brilliantly! All the kids outdone themselves, it’s a lot for a wee one to learn and they all did amazingly.” As the show ended, many commented on how their favourite part in particular was the arrival of the mischievous minions. Dressed in their blue overalls, yellow caps and oversized glasses, they certainly brought smiles to the entire audience. Mum Sharon told us; “I’m just so proud of her. She’s never been very confident in front of other people and Centrestage has helped her leaps and bounds. She’s made so many new friends and I just think

the whole class were brilliant!” ‘Here Comes The Sun’ was certainly a laugh-a-minute performance and all our young people made us very proud. What’s next on the agenda for our ‘Wee Stars’? Find out soon!

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Our “Memories” cabarets are always such popular productions and this Summer’s version was no exception. This time, there was a fresh spin on the programme as

our Divas took the lead, performing a programme of classic Lloyd Webber anthems and ballads, supported by the junior performers of “Ignition” and special guests Matt, Calum, Cameron and Nicolas. The company delighted the audience, with a particular








wonderfully sung by Dr Jocelyn Skaaning, returning to our stage for the first time since the birth of lovely daughter Astrid, surely a Centrestage Diva of the future! Audience member Pauline said, “ I had a fantastic night

and loved every minute of the evening. What wonderful performances!”

We are looking forward to making many more “Memories” in the years ahead!

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On Saturday 25th May, our three acting companies came together to perform a triple bill paying a homage to those whose lives were affected by World War 2. The Adult Centrestage Actors company had the audience laughing out loud at their hilarious interpretation of the iconic sitcom ‘Dad’s Army.’ The 8-11yrs Junior Actors then performed their touching short play, ‘Sausages for Tea’, which portrayed the difficulties facing families during the time of rationing and air raids on the home front. The 12 – 16yrs Young Actors were then joined by the other

two companies in the emotional and heart-wrenching ‘87’, written by director Elaine Convery. This piece told the true story of a ship full of evacuees travelling to Canada to escape the Blitz. Tragically, due to a series of errors, the ship was hit by a German U-Boat killing all but thirteen of the children on board. If you would like to join please contact reception for more details. Next year is set to be an exciting one for our acting companies! Why not get involved? Page 09. | Your Centrestage


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Centrestage got ‘All Shook Up’ this Summer as the rock ‘n’ roll Broadway musical, featuring the hit songs of Elvis Presley, ‘Jailhouse Rock’-ed James Little Street.

You know you've done your job right!" There was an Elvis song to suit every age and mood from the emotional ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, to the energetic

The week long-run of our big Summer production in

finale of ‘Burning Love, that brought audiences to their

June took Kilmarnock by storm as hundreds of guests


attended the performances each night, leaving with rave reviews, a feel good atmosphere and more than a few inflatable guitars and flashing sunglasses! ‘All Shook Up’ told the story of a square little town set in mid 50’s America where things are literally shaken up by

a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets with a hip swivel and a lip curl. The musical was packed with Elvis classics for everyone to sing along to including ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Don’t Be

Audience member Sandra told us; “I always attend the big Summer productions at Centrestage, and this year certainly did not disappoint! From the amazing front of house effort prior to the show to the spectacular performance by the cast, the whole thing was just a five star experience!” The lucky winner of our ‘All Shook Up’ package on opening night, was one of our most regular customers,

Cruel’ and, of course, the titular ‘All Shook Up’.

Susan Russell, who said;

The cast gave incredible performances each and every

“I’ve had an absolutely wonderful time, ’All Shook Up’ was

night and the level of energy and enthusiasm didn’t

incredible and I can’t wait for the next show!”

drop all week, despite the incredible heat outside. With

So what is next for our Centrestage Performers?

a colourful set and amazing performers, it was clear ’All Shook Up’ was set to be a Summer success.

We can’t wait to find out!

The leading character of Chad was played by our own Front of House Manager Jonny Griffen who said,; “All Shook Up was particularly enjoyable because it was such an uplifting, feel good show. There were so many stories of audience members arriving not knowing what to expect and then being completely blown away, dancing there way out having had the most amazing night. For me that is what real theatre is all about, turning something potentially unknown to many into something they love and would come back and see time and time again... Page 11. | Your Centrestage


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How going hungry affects children for their whole lives

This Summer we welcomed a record-breaking 5 Summer

The props and costumes, as well as the final

camps to


performance, amazed the audience and the level of

‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ from beginning to end!

detail was absolutely astounding. Every member of the

All our Summer camp stars were absolutely fantastic in

audience left with the ’Hakuna Matata’ feeling!






their performances and took to the stage with ease.

Next came ’The Box of Musicals’ from the 31st July to 2nd

Our first camp of the season was the wonderful ‘Mary’s

August, a creative camp about a group of young

Back In Killie’ from the 10th to 12th July based on the

adventurers who found a mysterious box on the beach

recent ‘Mary Poppins returns film. Featuring all the hits

that transported them on a magical adventure through

from the film such as ‘Trip A Little Light Fantastic’ and

some favourite childrens musicals. Featuring songs such

‘Can You Imagine That’, our 4-7yrs and 8-11yrs portrayed

as ‘Under The Sea’ and ‘You Ain’t Never Had a Friend

the story with effortless talent and, most importantly,

Like Me’, there was plenty to keep the audience dancing

bundles of fun!

in their seats.

Next we joined our ‘The Toys Are Back In Town’ camp

Our final Summer camp of the season was ‘Welcome To

from the 17th to 19th July for a fantastic adventure based

The Rock’, a beautifully portrayed story about a small

around this Summer’s ‘Toy Story 4’ film. Once again, our

community banding together to take in 7000 stranded

camps entertained the audience and tugged on those

passengers in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Our 12-18yrs

heartstrings for a heartwarming final showing for family

illustrated this poignant tale with such dignity and talent

and friends.

that family members and friends were deeply moved. An

Our third camp of the season was the amazing ’Lion King’ inspired ‘Pridelands’ from the 24th to 26th July, based around the big Summer live action movie release.

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performances but our “We’ll Meet Again” cabaret, staged on a rainy Sunday afternoon, was one of our most special.

Our Centrestage performers, featuring our Heart & Soul Voices, delighted our audience with their selections from the Golden Era of songwriting, with showtunes, Scottish classics, family singalong favourites and beautiful ballads prompting the audience to join in, delighted by the memories that were prompted by the musical choices. Marylin Major said “What a wonderful afternoon. Everyone was amazing. It was so lovely for us at Heart & Soul to take part in this event and to sing these memorable songs. “ Our “Fun at 1” season, now taking place every Monday at

1pm Centrestage, will feature regular performances of more songs from this wonderful era. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new to enjoy reminiscing and singing together.

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‘A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men’, Roald Dahl. There was certainly ‘a little nonsense’ in the Centrestage theatre in June as our Junior Dance Theatre Companies took us on a journey through their modern retelling of a selection of classic Roald Dahl stories including ‘The Witches’, ‘Matilda’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’, ‘The

Twits’, ‘The BFG’ and ‘George and His Marvellous Medicine.’ Each of the classic tales was intercut and the three companies intertwined to tell the stories. From the terrifying giants played by the smallest members of our

dance companies to the intimidating Grand High Witch, these Roald Dahl characters were well and truly brought to life by the talented young dancers. Pauline told us; “The kids were just amazing, I grew up with all the Roald Dahl stories so it was lovely to see my daughter act out such a big part of my childhood.

So what’s next for our Junior Dance Companies? More details coming soon!

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Fiona Dippie “Fantastic. Had such a great time

Anne Harrison “Fabulous night


Anne Harcourt “Just Fabulous



An electric atmosphere was to be experienced at our most recent SOLD OUT ‘Wired for Sound’ performance. Our theme of ‘Live and Kickin’ was noticeably transferred from the stage to the audience as they danced the night away to tunes from Elton John, Robbie Williams and Whitney Houston to our own tearjerker Lewis Capaldi.

Our very own James Little Street band rocked the stage all night and complimented our 12 talented performers on stage. The incredible tech team ensured the stage looked amazing and that we sounded top notch too. The show starts from the moment our audience arrives and our cafe

and reception teams and our unseen army of technical magicians surround every production with their talent and enthusiasm. Our hospitality team served up some delicious cocktails and ‘Wired for Sound’ themed food. Our chef Kevin said it was the busiest Wired for Sound for food ever! Dancing all night is hungry work! A night enjoyed by all on and off stage .... a few audience members claiming it was the ‘best live night yet’! Keep your eyes peeled and don’t miss out on our next gig on the 12th of October! Get in quickly before it’s SOLD OUT!

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Gavin from our #oneteam preparing Dignified Food Provision #centrestagefood Did you know that our #oneteam chefs prepare 10,000 portions of Dignified Food Provision for our communities every week?

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Once cool, cut with a 16cm ring to give four cakes.


For the kirsch mousse, soak the gelatin in the water and leave to soften for 10-20 minutes.


Melt the milk chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.


In a pan, heat the milk and add a pinch of salt. Once boiling, remove the pan from the heat. Add the softened gelatin, along with the water it was soaked in, to the hot milk and stir to dissolve.


Pour the hot milk into the melted chocolate in three or four additions working with a rubber spatula to ensure a smooth paste. After adding all the milk, use a stick blender to emulsify the mixture for two minutes, it should be very thick.


Leave the chocolate mixture to cool at room temperature and whip together the kirsch and double cream into soft peaks.


Fold the cream into the chocolate to give a smooth mousse.


To build the gateau, place the 16cm ring on a tray lined with baking paper. Put a layer of sponge into the ring and spread with a layer of mousse, repeat this twice more and finish with a final layer of sponge. If the mousse starts to get too warm, transfer to the fridge for ten minutes to firm up.

420g caster sugar


Place the gateau in the freezer for at least thirty minutes to chill.

8 eggs (room temperature)


For the glaze, soak the gelatin in 80ml of water and leave to soften for 15-20 minutes.


Heat the cream, adding the sugar and the second measurement of water. Boil for two minutes.


Remove from the heat and add both the soaked gelatin, along with the water it was soaked in, and the cocoa powder.


Use a stick blender to blitz until smooth and shiny. Leave to cool to room temperature.


Melt the extra 50g of chocolate and brush the bottom of the frozen cake to seal, this will stop it from sticking to the plate, and return to the freezer.


To glaze the cake, transfer it to a wire rack and carefully removed the metal ring. Liberally ladle the glaze over the cake from a height in order to get an even covering then transfer to the fridge to set.


Once set, enjoy!


INGREDIENTS FLOURLESS COCOA CAKE 155g unsalted butter (room temperature)

130g cocoa powder (sifted) KIRSCH MILK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE 1/2 tbsp kirsch 1 sheet gelatin 1 tbsp water 120g milk chocolate (50g extra for melting) 75ml whole milk 1 pinch of salt 70ml double cream DARK MIRROR GLAZE 8 sheets gelatin 160ml water

280ml whipping cream 400g caster sugar 140g cocoa powder (sifted) METHOD


Preheat the oven to 180°c / gas mark four.


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Where and when you will find our On The Road #oneteam Mondays


In June, we attended the Racquet Hall at Eglinton Park In Kilwinning for the Fairer Food Participatory Budget event hosted by North Ayrshire Council where many local initiatives attended in the hope to be awarded funds to improve food access in North Ayrshire. Over 400 people attended the event with 338 people voting. We had our cooking demonstration happening with Craig Ferrell, who produced hand-made Cajun chicken crepes served with rocket and parmesan salad and a balsamic dressing which was a big hit! He involved many of the visitors and invited some to have a go at making their own crepe! The team at Dundonald provided delicious packed lunches which were donated to the attendees of the event by North Ayrshire Council. Our ‘On The Road’ team had a stall showcasing what we do and spoke to the attendees to explain we would be using our funds to help improve food access and introducing our ‘YES To Summer’ campaign, where each week we would have special fun events on the road, including cooking, baking, music and much more. We were absolutely delighted to be awarded the a grant of £1250 and are very grateful to North Ayrshire’s Fairer Food event and all the folks who took time out of their day to vote! The funds helped to deliver the extra food that is required over the summer months and the weekly fun events!

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Heart & Soul HUB Cumnock - 10.00am - 5.00pm (Drop in only) Galston (BB Hall) - 2.30pm - 3.30pm


Heart & Soul HUB Cumnock - 10.00am - 8.00pm (Drop in only) Logan Primary School - 10.00am - 11.00am Drongan (Community Centre) - 11.00am - 12.00pm Rankinston (Community Centre) - 11.15am - 11.45am Dalmellington (Community Centre) - 3.00pm - 5.00pm


Heart & Soul HUB Cumnock - 10.00am - 5.00pm (Drop in only) Shortlees (Community Centre) - 10.00am - 12.00pm Kilbirnie (Bridgend Community Centre) - 10.00am - 12.00pm Ardrossan (Whitlees Centre) - 2.00pm - 4.00pm Ardeer (Community Centre) - 1.00pm - 1.30pm (Drop in only)


Heart & Soul HUB Cumnock - 10.00am - 5.00pm (Drop in only) Castlepark (Community Church) - 10.00am - 12.00pm Onthank (WEA, Hill St Kilmarnock) - 10.00am - 12.00pm Fullarton (Connexions) - 3.00pm - 5.00pm


Heart & Soul HUB Cumnock - 10.00am - 4.00pm (Drop in only) Pennyburn (Cranberry Moss Community Centre) - 12.00pm - 2.00pm


Shortlees (Community Centre) - 11.00am - 1.00pm

We look forward to seeing you soon!

How going hungry a year with EAT AND TRAIN affects children for their whole lives

We cannot believe it has been one year since our original

graduated and if they were still utilizing the skills they

Eat And Train candidates graduated with their ‘Level 2 Food

gained during their time with the Eat And Train course.

Hygiene’ and Centrestage .Basic Cooking Certificate’!

We were delighted to see them all again and a video

Over this period, 203 people have graduated. Of these, 36

blog of what opportunities have come their way since

have been children.

graduating is now being produced to showcase their

Participation in Eat and Train has proved to be a catalyst for even more achievements for even more of our participants.

skills and talents. We look forward to sharing this video very soon!

45 have gone on to volunteering, 20 have progressed into work placements and 17 are now registered at college. We are so proud of our groups! We caught up with some of our original groups when our ‘YES To Summer’ Baking and Cooking Week took place. We filmed the Dalmellington Donuts, Ardrossan Apples, Ardeer Artichokes, Fullarton Fancies, Pennyburn Pears and Shortlees Shortcakes

to find out what has happened since they

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‘Celebrate Kilmarnock’ Event Creates a Buzz in the Toon…!

A ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ at Centrestage At Centrestage, we love our fresh air and, to keep it that way, we now operate a ‘Smoke Free Zone’ at all of our sites across Ayrshire. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone, and our policy has been developed to protect all employees, volunteers,

It’s always great to see our towns and villages busy and

participants and customers from exposure to second-

flourishing, and that’s exactly what happened in

hand smoke and to assist compliance with The

Kilmarnock in July as the town ‘Celebrate Kilmarnock’

Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005’

event brought everyone together for an action packed

and The ‘Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises

day. There was something for everyone with various, kids

(Scotland) Regulations 2006.’

activities, food stalls and entertainment stage with performances across the day. Our very own ‘Centrestage

Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is now no longer

Memories’ cast performed a few tracks from the show,

permitted within 4 metres of any entry/exit points in

with the crowd cheering and singing along.

all Centrestage premises.

Our #oneteam also had a great time speaking with

For anyone keen to get help to stop smoking, we’ve collaborated with our friends at ‘Quit Your Way’ who can help, call 0800 84 84 84 and take the next steps.

everyone at our stall, sharing more about our plans for ‘Centrestage Village’ and our new ‘Creative Learning’

term that kicks off mid-August (we can’t wait). Well done to everyone for coming together and making

Please speak with a member of our #oneteam if we can help in any way.

it happen. Here’s to the next one!

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Connect Achieve ‘Saltire Awards’ A total of 19 Connect learners so far have been awarded the Saltire Award for volunteering out with their core Connect, supporting various activities at Centrestage. Some of our young people have already achieved ‘The Ascent Award’ for achieving over 100 hours voluntary activities. These are the very first Saltire awards to be achieved at Centrestage and we look forward to many more successes in the year ahead. Ally McGrath, one of our original Connectors continues to be an inspirational role model having just completed a twenty day residential course with the Mark Scott Foundation. During this time he climbed Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, and camped solo overnight, a remarkable challenge accomplished! We hope he is very proud of his efforts and all he is achieving.

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Updates! In this edition of Your Centrestage, we thought we would share a few snaps from ‘Centrestage Village’ as work continues across the site led by our contractors ‘Brick and Steel Construction.’

View our

Village guide online now!

- Long corridor that will become our new main entrance. - Plans for Phase 1 of the works. - Scaffolding in place ready for kitchen construction, - Full mural viewed from former assembly hall, now that doors have been removed allowing theatre construction to begin.

There’s a new Village in Town!

- Two classrooms now making way for the ‘fly lift’, enabling us to vertically store and manage production scenery.

former Kilmarnock Academy site, the largest asset

In February 2019, we officially took ownership of the transfer in Scotland to date. The historic landmark has formed part of the towns skyline since 1898 and we are privileged to take it forward to deliver our vision of ‘building energetic

and inclusive communities with the arts at the heart.’ Not only will ‘the Centrestage Village’ become our new home for all our #funfoodfolk activities to grow and develop, it will also see use sharing the site with a wide variety of ‘neighbours’

who will offer even more opportunities across the Village. #bepartofit and have a look at our guide online www.centrestagemt.org.uk/centrestage-village Historical past, artistic future’ | ‘Centrestage Village’ | Coming 2020!

for more information.

As we commence phase one construction work at ‘Centrestage Village’ we’re keen to keep you all updated on how we’re progressing, and bring you all on this incredibly exciting journey with us. In order to engage with as many people from across the community as possible we’ve created several ways to remain updated on everything ‘Centrestage Village’: via our dedicated website page, www.centrestagemt.org.uk/centrestage-village; We’ve Started’ notice board located within James Little St; social media outputs from Facebook to Instagram and our ‘Your Centrestage’ magazine. These will all be populated with information, plans and pictures as the project unfolds.

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Barclays Bank arrived in Kilmarnock on Tuesday 11th June,

aims to equip people with skills they need for the world of

selecting Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock campus as the

work. The bank will also provide support for start-ups,

location for the launch of their ‘Building Thriving Local

development and growth of small and medium-sized

Economies’ initiative.

businesses and entrepreneurs.

The event, hosted by Barclays is the second of four pilot

Ian Rand, CEO, Business Banking at Barclays said “At a time

schemes the bank has planned around the UK, having

of relative economic uncertainty, I believe that it is really

launched its first initiative in Bury, Greater Manchester, last

vital for banks to work with community and business

year. Local Cllr Elaine Whitham, Dr Marie Macklin, CBE and

leaders, business owners and others to understand how

Barclays Global CEO, Jes Staley all shared their thoughts,

‘local economies’ are doing. I believe that Scotland’s – and

vision and expected outcomes of the unique partnership

the UK's – economic prosperity is going to be driven by

with the town.

hard working people and businesses in different local

Barclays, one of the UK’s biggest banks will "join forces" with local leaders across government, business and

economies the length and breadth of the country: investing in growth, creating jobs, developing skills.”

education as part of its ‘Building Thriving Communities’

Centrestage, CEO, Fiona McKenzie who attended the

scheme. It aims to boost the aspirations and skills of

launch event, commented on the significant news for the

children and adults in the town to "help them be ready for

town, “This is such an incredible time for Kilmarnock with

the future world of work and match the skills that

HALO, Barclays initiative and our plans for the former

businesses nationwide are seeking".

Kilmarnock Academy - it’s inspiring to have everyone work

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collectively in reviving our great town. We’re delighted to be involved with the initiative, having already had several exciting conversations with the Barclays team. We very much look forward to working together in supporting the wider activity.”

On Yer Bike


A massive thanks to Steve Black who has raised over £1,000 for Centrestage by cycling from Lands’ End to John O'Groats back in July. This incredibly tough cycling challenge took the team 14 days, covering over 1,000 miles through England , Wales and Scotland, covering a mixture of terrain and battling through typical British weather conditions. With a few climbs on route totalling 58,000 ft: the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest twice - surely there must have been a few sore legs…?!

The money raised will go towards the Centrestage project ‘Musical Generations’ which enables members of our community from home and care settings to come together to enjoy good company, music, dance


refreshments. On behalf of everyone at Centrestage we thank Steve so much for embarking on this endurance challenge for Centrestage. Steve would also like to thank all of his friends and family who kindly sponsored him on this challenge.

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IT’S A THUMBS UP FROM OUR #ONETEAM FOR OUR ‘HEALTHY WORKING LIVES BRONZE AWARD’ The Healthy Working Lives award programme helps organisations identify issues and improve health, safety and wellbeing in a structured and productive way.

is very much at the forefront. Andy Swanson, who heads up Organisational Development at Centrestage, and who’s been championing this

Open to any size of business, we’ve been working with the

recognised programme comments on the Bronze Award,

‘Healthy Working Lives’ team since Autumn of 2018,

“It has been such a worthwhile initiative for us to embark

implementing various initiatives that support the overall

upon with Healthy Working Lives, what it has achieved

health and wellness of our Centrestage #oneteam.

already for our processes and people is significant. We’re

This has resulted in achieving our ‘Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award.’ The formation of our ‘Arts of Wellbeing’ group has driven activities across the charity including our first dedicated #oneteam wellbeing day that brought together various partners from NHS to Westfield Health with the objective of providing everyone with the

opportunity to obtain current information on how to live a healthier life from exercise, diet to mindfulness. Leanne Jamieson from Centrestage Marketing, who helped organise the wellbeing day, said, “The response from the team was incredible throughout the day with many gaining new knowledge and insight into tools available that help us all adopt healthier choices. We look forward to delivering another event later in the year.” The awards recognise a healthier, more motivated and productive workforce, creating an environment where health and team wellbeing

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delighted to receive this recognition and I thank the wider

team for making it happen. We will now look at the steps required in achieving the Silver Award.”

A few pounds makes a huge difference As a registered Scottish Charity, every penny donated/gifted to us across the year goes straight back into helping us deliver our activities to more folks across Ayrshire every day.

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‘Centrestage has been such a big part of my life for many years.

‘During my time performing at Centrestage my

I have been involved since the very beginning – almost 13 years! I first

confidence has definitely increased and has

brought my daughter Madi and watched her grow in confidence and

helped me come out of my comfort zone a lot.

ability. I then joined the Gospel & Soul Choir and I am still honoured

I have met a lot of amazing new friends

to be able to join them with my husband Ronnie for concerts

through my time here


incredibly happy and at ease.

Ten years ago I joined ‘Seniors’, now known as ‘Centrestage

Coming to Centrestage is the definitely the

Performers’. My first show was Mamma Mia and when the curtain fell

highlight of my week as it’s a place where I can

on the first night I was hooked. My first principal part was Mother

just be myself and do what I love the most.




who have made me

Superior in ‘Sister Act’, the show that marked the 10 anniversary of

There are so many opportunities and the

Centrestage and was just the most amazing experience. I have played


Margaret in 9 to 5’, Jean in ‘Sunshine On Leith’ and a blue Bad Idea

Centrestage are what makes it so much fun.

Bear in ‘Avenue Q’, to name but a few! In Marlisa Ross’s Dance Theatre 25 years class, I dance with the most amazing bunch of women. The most memorable show I’ve ever participated in was with this company – ‘Shell Shock’, a moving tribute











confidence, it has given me the opportunity to be on stage!

to our local men who fought and died in the 1st World War. I have made so many friends over the years at Centrestage and we have a great camaraderie within the company. I feel so blessed to be a part of it all.’

IT'S ALL ABOUT OUR FOLK! 'Your Centrestage' takes the opportunity each edition to introduce you to some of the wonderful folk across the charity, from staff and volunteers to our communities that engage with us across all our projects everyday. This months it's all about Hazel, Rachael, Jamie and Marie... enjoy their stories! Remember if you have a Centrestage story to share, why not get in touch with our team and you could be featured in our Winter 'Your Centrestage'. Page 30. | Your Centrestage




“I first came to Centrestage when I was around five years old. I

‘I first started coming to Heart & Soul on a Wednesday

was a relatively shy Primary One student and didn’t really have

and was soon here on a Friday as well. I have my allocated

any confidence, even in my first few months at Centrestage, I

tasks when I come in each day, cleaning the children’s play

still wasn't very talkative. After my first show, I was still in the

area and assisting with the general maintenance of the

4-7yrs group at the time, my confidence grew. Something

Heart & Soul Hub.


about being up on stage just makes you want to take part!


I have made a number of friends here and I have been

After my first two years, I decided to move up an age group

encouraged to participate in the ‘Belt It Oot’ session on a

early after watching Centrestage’s production of ‘The Little

Wednesday afternoon which I enjoy immensely. I love

Mermaid’, which I thought was amazing. I was an ‘almighty

coming to The Hub, I feel that everyone likes me and

bush’ in ’The Jungle Book’, my first 8-11yrs show and I loved it!

people listen to what I am saying.

I was then the March Hare in ‘Alice In Wonderland’, John in

I get excited to come to The Hub because everyone wants

‘Peter Pan’ and have had principal parts in many other shows

since. My confidence grew rapidly as I progressed and became more involved in everything Centrestage had to offer. What makes Centrestage so unique is the amazing community of people. I can’t explain how good the friends I’ve made are,

me here and I have my own jobs to do, I feel more confident and everyone listens to what I have to say, sometimes I feel people ignore me but that doesn’t happen here. We have lots of fun and laughs and I have made loads of new friends, I think that coming here has

there are so many different people with so many different

made me feel like I matter.

stories and talents here and I have the privilege of being one

I am much more confident at speaking with new people

of them. I am so grateful that I have had the absolutely

coming into The Hub and always give them the warm

amazing chance to come and be a part of the Centrestage

Centrestage welcome they deserve.’


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Winner of Saturday’s We’ll Meet Again tickets: Lauryn Cameron & mum Lorraine

Winner of All Shook Up opening night package: Susan Russell


Winner of Saturday’s A Night of Gospel & Shows tickets: Karen Morrison

Winner of Memories: A Diva Collection tickets: Roddy Nelson

So, for your chance to #experiencecentrestage, keep an eye on our Facebook page on the week of a Centrestage production, and on the Friday our #experiencecentrestage post will give you the chance to win two free tickets to the

At Centrestage we want more folks from across Ayrshire and beyond to enjoy our productions that take place within our Centrestage Theatre in James Little Street, Kilmarnock. Across the Seasons our ‘What’s On’ programme is packed full of shows and events with something for everyone to enjoy. With so much to look forward to, keep a look out for your chance to win tickets!

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Saturday show. Simply like the Centrestage Facebook page, comment and tag who you’d like to join you for the show and share the post with your network. The winner will be announced on Saturday at noon. Pictured above are some of our previous delighted #experiencecentrestage winners… o join us at the

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At Centrestage Enterprise we love to create! Not just staff uniform and

t-shirts for customers, but costumes and props for shows, bags, badges and mugs for our ever expanding Centrestage communities! We also accept orders from outwith Centrestage offering competitive

prices for personalised mugs and t-shirts.

Enquiries to nina.russell@centrestagemt.org.uk 01563 551505 ext 219 | 07902566827

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