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Making Active Connections.

Celebrating Our Journey 2015-2018

MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE


WELCOME EACH OF THE AUDIENCE MEMBERS, PARTICIPANTS, TUTORS, STAFF, ARTISTS AND VISITING COMPANIES HAVE A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT THEIR INTERACTION WITH MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE MEANT TO THEM AND THE BEST WAY TO CAPTURE THAT IS TO CREATE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT IT. 2 macrobertartscentre.org

Julie Ellen

Artistic Director & Chief Executive

Finding a way to communicate the breadth and depth of Macrobert Arts Centre’s activities over the years 2015 to 2018 was never going to be an easy task. We gather numbers and generate statistics every day: ticket buyers, activity participants, performances, screenings etc., and we use that information to measure how we are doing. We also ask questions, inviting those who take part in our activities and attend our events to tell us what they thought about the service we provided. Every year we create many reports for our volunteer Board Members, who use the information to help guide me and my colleagues in what we do. We also report to funders, each with their own priorities and interests.

In March 2018 Macrobert Arts Centre was at the end of a threeyear period of Regular Funding from Creative Scotland. We were also starting a new phase in the organisation’s life, with a new Business Plan, growing our offer and refocussing our purpose. As we reviewed all that had been achieved it felt important to capture and share the experience of people who had been here or who had taken part in our activities out across the regions that we serve. Each of the audience members, participants, tutors, staff, artists and visiting companies have a unique perspective on what their interaction with Macrobert meant to them and the best way to capture that is to create the opportunity for them to speak to you about it. The numbers can tell us a great deal, but

these personal experiences are essential; the collective stories of the people who are at the heart of what we do here. The experiences you will read about would not be possible without the hard work that the people who staff Macrobert do 363 days a year; our volunteer Board Members; and the funding bodies and individuals who support our ambitions. We are deeply grateful for their commitment and for their passion for the arts. Thank you for your interest in what we do and I hope you enjoy hearing from the people whose experiences tell the story of Macrobert Arts Centre.


Alan Simpson

Chair

The arts are so important – and perhaps have never been more so. I joined Macrobert Arts Centre as Chair with a vision of enabling everyone to experience the inspiration, nourishment and challenge of the arts, and of widening the reach and impact of such an important local asset. I’ve been delighted to see the evergrowing number of people making use of Macrobert Arts Centre, and the wide geographic area and diverse community that it serves. In a world that feels increasingly polarised, media and social media risk narrowing our field of vision – presenting us with only the views and opinions that match our own. Art has an opportunity – and indeed a responsibility – to fill that gap, presenting us with ideas that challenge our assumptions, widen our minds and help us understand where we fit in

the world. It encourages in us all the open-mindedness to ask questions, to seek greater understanding and to change our minds when presented with new insights. There is bravery and strength in being open to changing one’s mind. By drawing people in, showcasing a range of ideas via all kinds of art forms, and by spearheading challenging, socially-conscious programming, Macrobert Arts Centre plays a role in building a more tolerant, inclusive, vibrant and inspiring world for us all.

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IN THE POWER OF THE ARTS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE IN SUPPORTING CREATIVE PEOPLE AND IDEAS, TO BUILD A CREATIVE SECTOR THAT IS MORE VIBRANT, NOURISHING AND SUSTAINABLE THAT AN ARTS CENTRE SHOULD BE FOR EVERYONE macrobertartscentre.org 5


01 WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE ARTS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

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The arts can stimulate conversation, bring people together, challenge preconceptions and inspire new ways of seeing the world. Seen this way, the arts have a role not only in reflecting the world back to us, but in actively shaping the world we want to live in. We think this is a responsibility worth taking seriously. Looking ahead, we’ll be building on this by developing new Conversations – including discussions with Gypsy Travellers about their lives and culture, and exploring topics including death and dying, migration and displacement, and gender politics. We’ll also continue our close relationship with University of Stirling, widening opportunities for students and working with researchers at the forefront of their fields.

OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, WE HAVE: Used an innovative cross-programme approach to initiate Conversations on topics including mental health, military service, the impact of the end of coal mining and young people’s activism. Partnered with community groups, activists and charities to broaden and deepen our conversations - these partners bring specialist knowledge and unique insights to our creative programme. Used our role in Stirling’s Culture Partnership and Place Partnership to build new connections with other cultural organisations - helping Stirling become a vibrant and exciting place to live and work. Made the most of our location on campus at the University of Stirling – partnering with students and academic experts from the faculties of sport and health, social sciences and education (amongst others) - developing unique research and exploring sector-leading ideas.


Our ambition is for Macrobert Arts Centre to be a place for sparking conversations – a space for all kinds of people to come together to debate, experience, share perspectives and consider issues of relevance of our lives and times. For us, this takes the form of three themed ‘Conversations’ each year, when cross-artform seasons invite all kinds of people to share their perspective on issues of relevance to our life and times. Our aim is to challenge preconceptions, invite discussion, and encourage empathy, insight and understanding.

Gary Clarke

Artistic Director of Gary Clarke Company

IT WAS A REAL JOY BRINGING MY WORK COAL TO MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE. Not only was the show well publicised, very well attended (with 38% new attenders, many from former coalfields) and extremely well received, but as a company we were welcomed with open arms. The community aspects of the show excelled all expectations and it was clear that the Macrobert team (like the Gary Clarke Company) were very passionate about community engaged work. Together we were able to engage a wonderful five piece brass band

and four incredible local women who joined the production to make it the success it was in Stirling. It was also great to see that COAL was used as a focus to engage other art forms around the idea of the mining industry. It was so inspiring seeing these other artistic elements linked to COAL and how the venue were embracing this. Our post show discussions were well attended, well chaired by Julie Ellen, and gave new and regular Macrobert audiences an insight into the main components of the show.

SPARKING FASCINATING CONVERSATIONS SEPTEMBER 2017 WE CURATED A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE END OF MINING IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES, ANCHORED AROUND PERFORMANCES OF COAL BY GARY CLARKE COMPANY.

Overall we had a great experience and look forward to working again with the Macrobert team and building upon our successful relationship.

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Fiona Miller

Stirling ‘pit woman’ (community cast), COAL

I went along to the women’s taster workshop with excitement, trepidation and intrigue. I was drawn in by the show’s community empowerment and resilience and was keen to be a part of telling the story of the miners’ strikes.

Ann McArthur

Stirling ‘pit woman’ (community cast), COAL

“BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES – MEMORIES EXPERIENCED WATCHING THE GUYS DANCING OF HOW THINGS WERE FOR MY DAD AND HIS PALS. SO GLAD TO BE A PART OF IT AND FOR MY DAD TO SEE.”

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Phil Gurrey Visual Artist I was asked by Macrobert Arts Centre if I could deliver an exhibition around the theme COAL. Britain’s industrial decline has been a theme that has run through my arts practice for some time and so this opportunity was a fantastic chance for me to focus my research more specially on the villages of Fallin and Sauchie. I was given the opportunity by Macrobert to engage closely with the communities through a number of outreach workshops. The exchange of ideas that percolated through these classes

was essential to my research and development not only for the show itself but for my development as an emerging artist. The space set aside for the show allowed me the opportunity to test a number of ideas concerning painting in a post industrial landscape and the function of the ready-made in our consumer driven economy of today. This was all framed by a breath taking production of COAL by Gary Clarke’s company which acted as a fantastic anchor for the themes in the art show I created.

I enjoyed the immersion of the production across the week, fascinated by the behind the scenes experience and developed a new appreciation for how productions are put on. The buzz of being on stage was energising and it was incredible to witness the audience’s reaction to the show. I loved being a part of something important and was left feeling like my role really mattered - I was part of a family. The show taught me to believe in myself more, to try new things and not be scared and to open my eyes to life beyond my own comforts, exploring the past and celebrating how adversity makes us stronger. I’m glad to have COAL as part of my journey and am proud to be a piece of its jigsaw.

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Alison Hall

The Whitburn Band

I feel privileged to have had the chance to be part of COAL. Although I have played in many musical performances and shows, I have never performed in something so intense and thought-provoking. I have been overwhelmed by how much we have been welcomed and appreciated by everyone involved. The brass music reminded us that these men used their local brass band to escape from the horrors of their daily grind. Audience Member

COAL

Thank you so much for making an ex-miner a fan of contemporary dance! This was the very first time I’d seen dance performed in a theatre and it will not be the last. Your passion for the subject was obvious throughout the entire show. It was powerful, emotional, accurate and above all, memorable.

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SPARKING FASCINATING CONVERSATIONS IN MAY 2016 WE CURATED A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE IMPACT OF WAR ON THOSE WHO SERVE AND THEIR FAMILIES, ANCHORED AROUND PERFORMANCES OF 5 SOLDIERS BY ROSIE KAY DANCE COMPANY.

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Rosie Kay

Director & Choreographer

Bringing 5 Soldiers to Macrobert Arts Centre was more than just bringing a show. 5 Soldiers has been a long labour of intense research and investigation for me, and I was so pleased when I met Julie Ellen and she truly recognised the depth and breadth of engagement that this work offered. Reaching out to the military community is not always easy, and it takes a lot to time to build trust and relationships. Macrobert recognised this too, and invested time, people, effort and funding into making the most of the show and the outreach work. We worked with Macrobert to develop our awardwinning outreach programme with local young people, and recruited a local dance artist who was commissioned to create a response to 5 Soldiers. Along with this, Macrobert

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commissioned an art exhibition by veterans and I helped inform a curated programme of war films that had inspired or informed me in the making of 5 Soldiers. The performances themselves were a culmination of many months and weeks of work, and it was stunning to see such a rich and diverse audience watching dance and engaging in the post-show talk that involved senior officers and junior member of the armed forces as well as myself and the dancers. For us making art is about changing the way we see the world and challenging perceptions and so to work with Macrobert who understood this was wonderful - we felt that we could offer so much and achieve so much with their support. It was a real tour highlight for us with 5 Soldiers.

John Fotheringham

Military Civilian Integration, 51st Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland

“IT WAS A GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND A MOVING AND THOUGHTPROVOKING SPECTACLE.�

Audience Member

5 Soldiers

Amazing. Five stars. Excellent show. Especially enjoyed the endof-show discussion. Surprised and delighted to see Rosie Kay there and fascinating to hear her story. Also interesting to hear opinions of serving soldiers and those of dancers. Veteran & Workshop Participant

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I felt good after the workshops, it was nice to relay my memories and stories rather than just keeping them to myself and the fact I could share them through an artistic view was great.


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SPARKING FASCINATING CONVERSATIONS IN SEPTEMBER 2016 WE CURATED A CONVERSATION ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE’S ACTIVISM, ANCHORED AROUND PERFORMANCES OF GLASGOW GIRLS, CONCEIVED FOR THE STAGE AND DIRECTED BY CORA BISSETT.

Cora Bissett

Director

It was an absolute pleasure to bring Glasgow Girls to Macrobert Arts Centre. There was such a strong youth turn out and the response was so electric. We chatted to various school groups in the foyer afterwards and the excitement was palpable. It was great to see that Macrobert were engaging with these schools and groups.

Roza Salih

‘original Glasgow Girl’ & post-show speaker

I was pleased that Macrobert presented the Glasgow Girls story in Stirling. I was invited as a speaker with a number of other young women who spoke about the difference they have made in their community. It was great to see such a vibrant audience engaging with young people.

Savi Maharaj

Forth Valley Welcome (formerly Stirling Citizens for Sanctuary) & post-show speaker

Thank you also for inviting us to the panel after the Glasgow Girls. Abby and I really enjoyed the experience, and we’ve had new volunteers and a boost in our mailing list as a result, so I think it was very helpful for us. The show was fantastic too, well done Macrobert!

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ACCESS TO INNOVATIVE, RIGOROUSLY PROVEN IDEAS

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LOCATED ON THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING CAMPUS, WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO WORK ALONGSIDE A WIDE RANGE OF TALENTED EXPERTS, CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH, AND VIBRANT STUDENT LIFE. THESE OPPORTUNITIES INFORM AND ENRICH OUR WORK, AND WE IN TURN SHARE CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES AND INSIGHTS TO DEEPEN THE UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE.


Eileen Schofield

University Secretary, University of Stirling

Macrobert Arts Centre adds an extra dimension to life here at the University of Stirling. It’s an asset for both staff and students, as well as attracting a much wider local community onto campus. Over the past three years, I’ve particularly valued the partnerships that have developed between the University and Macrobert Arts Centre: bringing academic life and the creative arts together in a way that adds greater depth and insight to both. Macrobert Arts Centre is a key element of the University’s focus on health and wellbeing, which flows through every part of life here.

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Dr. Richard Ward

Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies, University of Stirling

We have worked closely with Macrobert Arts Centre in the development of a funding bid for dementia-friendly community development in Stirling. We are now collaborating to demonstrate the key importance of the arts in supporting people to live well with dementia.

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Amy McDermott

former President of University of Stirling Students’ Union

Macrobert puts its commitment to providing creative and cultural opportunities for the student body throughout every level of its activity. I was invited onto the Board when I was the President of University of Stirling Students’ Union, and my suggestions on how Macrobert Arts Centre could further provide for the student community were always welcomed. Macrobert offers a place for those from all different communities, ages and backgrounds to come together and share in their passion for the arts in Scotland.

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PART OF A THRIVING CULTURAL ECOSYSTEM

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WE ARE PROUD OF OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY, AND OF THE GLORIOUS DIVERSITY OF COMMUNITIES, TOWNS, AND RURAL AREAS THAT SURROUND IT. WE SEEK TO BE A GENEROUS PARTNER AND AN ENTHUSIASTIC CHAMPION OF THE MANY CREATIVE IDEAS, PROJECTS AND PEOPLE AROUND US. WE ACTIVELY CONTRIBUTE TO LOCAL INITIATIVES AND STRATEGIC PLANS, TO BUILD A CREATIVE, VIBRANT AND GROWING REGION.


Councillor Chris Kane

Convener of Community Planning & Regeneration, Stirling Council

Macrobert Arts Centre was a key partner helping to produce our 2016-2020 Culture Strategy and is a valued and important member of the newly refreshed Culture Partnership which is designed to lead the delivery of the strategy and champion culture, heritage and the arts in general across Stirling. Macrobert’s plans to increase audiences, support creative industries, widen engagement and support social inclusion will help the Council in its shared ambition to use culture as a real driver of inclusive economic growth for Stirling and its people.

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Shona Ullrichson

Managing Director, OYCI CIC

Working with Macrobert has been fundamental to turning the OYCI Friday Night Drama club from an idea to a reality. The team at Macrobert have the knowledge, creativity, enthusiasm and networks that have allowed our community based club to come into being quickly. It has been a new way of working for all of us, what stands out for me is seeing the way the group of young people who attend have grown and developed in just a few short months. They are developing skills and confidence and expanding their social networks - forming positive relationships with each other and with the drama artists.

OCHIL YOUTH COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENTS (OYCI) IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CREATED AND DRIVEN BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR LOCAL AREA. THEY APPROACHED US TO HELP THEM REALISE THEIR AMBITIONS FOR REGULAR DRAMA WORKSHOPS IN CLACKMANNANSHIRE’S HILLFOOTS.

We can’t wait to see how the club and the partnership with Macrobert develops as we move forward.

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Robert Livingston

Regional Screen Scotland

With its successful cinema programme, and its location in the heart of Scotland, Macrobert Arts Centre was the natural choice for the first-ever gathering of local film festivals, Your Festival, Your Community, organised by Regional Screen Scotland. 75 delegates came from all over Scotland and the north of England; the sun shone; the campus looked beautiful; the range of venues worked well for all our different needs, and the Macrobert team made us very welcome. And the food was great! With so many people from so many backgrounds meeting for the first time, it was crucial that the atmosphere was right, and the overwhelmingly positive feedback proved that it was.

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02 WE BELIEVE IN SUPPORTING CREATIVE PEOPLE AND IDEAS, TO BUILD A CREATIVE SECTOR THAT IS MORE VIBRANT, NOURISHING & SUSTAINABLE.

An arts centre flourishes only as part of a much wider creative ecosystem. We use our resources – our time, energy, and expertise, as well as our building and our funding – to strengthen the whole of this network. We support emerging artists, bring people and ideas together in new ways, help to create new work and play an active role in shaping the future of Scotland’s creative sector. Looking ahead, we’ll be building on this by launching new monthly breakfast networking events to bring Stirling’s creative community together. We’ll be supporting at least two mid-scale touring productions each year, working with sector-leading artists such as Laurie Motherwell, Selladoor, Visible Fictions and The Work Room. And of course, we’ll be continuing to develop our annual Panto (oh yes we will…)

OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, WE HAVE: Presented 558 performances of 103 live shows. Highlights included working with nationally recognised companies such as the National Theatre of Scotland, Barrowland Ballet, Birds of Paradise and Starcatchers, with talented artists including Rosie Kay, Caroline Bowditch and Gary Clarke, and with much-loved productions including The Steamie, Glasgow Girls and Hairy Maclary. Produced and co-produced 12 performances, which toured throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally. This included work for children (including Shark in the Park and Eric the Elf), and adults (including Fisk, with Tortoise in a Nutshell and Out of this World, with Mark Murphy). Grown our cinema attendance by 41%; adding a second screen and increasing the number of screenings per year from 850 to 1200. We increased the proportion of non-mainstream films from 49% to 66%, and launched the Central Scotland Documentary Festival. Presented 23 visual art exhibitions, showcasing the work of 489 artists. We have worked with artists of national and international repute, those developing their careers, and with talented local children and young people. Offered 28 work experience and career development placements to local young people - we look forward to watching their careers develop!

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WE HAVE WORKED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EXCITING AND AMBITIOUS ARTISTS TO ENABLE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW WORK AND NEW IDEAS. WE’VE SHARED OUR SPACES, OUR EXPERTISE, OUR CONNECTIONS AND OUR FUNDING TO HELP BRING NEW PRODUCTIONS INTO BEING - MANY OF WHICH HAVE GONE ON TO TOUR NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY, AND TO GREAT CRITICAL ACCLAIM.

SUPPORTING ARTISTS & COPRODUCTIONS

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Laurie Motherwell

‘Comes Around’

As an early career playwright the opportunity to work in a room with actors, discussing your play, hearing the words I wrote out loud, and getting feedback makes all the difference. Without the help of Julie Ellen and Macrobert I would not have been able to bring all the elements I needed together. And now after the reading I can look forward to the next stage of development, and hopefully a full-length piece that they will be proud in having supported at an early stage. On a more personal note, I am truly indebted to Julie and all at Macrobert for their kindness, generosity, and support. It will never be forgotten.

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Flavia D’Avila

Artistic Director of Fronteiras Theatre Lab and post-show panellist

In March 2017, on International Women’s Day no less, I had the pleasure to be invited to be one of the panel speakers discussing Adura Onashile’s Expensive Shit, the first Scottish play with an allblack-female cast. As a director and researcher working with transculturalism, this was definitely one of that year’s highlights for me. Morna Burdon

‘Bonnie Fechters’

I really enjoyed the show at Macrobert - thank you. It really is true to say you could not have been more helpful and welcoming - in the lead up to the show and on the day. Thanks also for allowing the time for the after show chat. It is so good to get immediate feedback from an audience but it also gives the opportunity for them to tell stories of people (in this case, women) whom they know of but who are not mentioned in the show, or to supplement the stories with people in their own families and communities whom they are proud of. And their stories are told and heard.....

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Al Seed ‘The Shadow of Heaven’

Developing The Shadow of Heaven at Macrobert Arts Centre was a crucial, and invaluable, factor in the realisation of the final show. Having long term access to quality rehearsal spaces and excellent technical facilities allowed us to work through a complicated experimentation process, with proactive, helpful and knowledgeable staff from all departments on hand at all times. We also appreciated the opportunity to work in a location removed from the inner city bustle of Glasgow or Edinburgh, and to take a moment to breathe – the benefits of which should never be underestimated. The venue was, and remains, our first choice of producing partner for the creation of mid and large scale work in Scotland. Photo credit: Alberto Santos Bellido

Lorna Irvine

The List, April 2018

This complex and beautiful adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Lost is disturbing and gorgeous…a multi-layered piece which is as complex as it is beautiful, following Satan’s trajectory to the Garden of Eden. It’s like a Hieronymous Bosch painting made flesh, and a carnivalesque fever dream. It exists, fully-formed, seemingly of its own time and space.

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Ross Mackay

‘Fisk’, Tortoise in a Nutshell

Macrobert Arts Centre was an instrumental partner in Fisk’s international award winning success. Without the invaluable time and support provided by the Macrobert team the show would not have reached its full potential. They invested in a young company and gave us time and space to think creatively. Their support was holistic and ranged from marketing advice on our print and national campaign to troubleshooting our production’s technical needs. Fisk tackles mental health head on and Macrobert encouraged us to be bold and also facilitated in-depth and highly engaged post show discussions which provided us with further inspiration and a vital connection to our audience.

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Irina Nakon

The Brig, January 2017

A brilliant score, layered effects, sharp contrasts in mood, sound and silence, tender and fragile puppeteering, and raw emotions all collide in a tangible wave and sweep over the audience, leaving us dumbfounded but deeply connected to the action, each in our own way.

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Nick Author, Sharratt ‘Shark in the Park’

David Pollock

I had a terrific time at Macrobert Arts Centre. It was a thrill to see my stories adapted so brilliantly into a stage show. I was delighted with everything: the script, the characters and the marvellous set all perfectly in tune with the books. There was a really great audience too, and it was a pleasure to sign books and chat for a long time afterwards. Plus, it was wonderful to revisit the Picture Hooks exhibition, in which I was involved as a mentor. Picture Hooks is such an excellent project, linking newcomers to the illustration world with seasoned professionals, and the work looks fantastic in Macrobert’s Arthouse.

An irresistible pull for little children.

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Mark Murphy ‘Out of this World’

Kelly Apter

As an artist, particularly one without a formal company set-up, it can really feel like a vulnerable and precarious time when setting out with a brand new idea. Therefore having the unwavering support and unconditional love of an organisation like Macrobert is vital - not just to the success of the project but also to the good health of the artist. Always there with advice, technical support and an ever-present ear to listen to your hopes and fears, I believe Out Of This World would have been nothing like the success it became without them.

Out of this World strives for something much deeper than spectacle - it makes a play for our hearts, and wins.

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The Scotsman, April 2017

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Johnny McKnight

Writer, Director, Actor and Performer

‘It’s only panto.’ If I had a pound for every time some so-called ‘expert’ in the arts said that to me. Yes, to me. The person who starts writing a panto in January. Casting it in March. Rewriting through the summer. Rehearsing all winter. Performing it all through November and December. It’s only panto… Really?

LET ME TELL YOU – IT’S NOT. It’s the biggest engagement a theatre has with an audience. It’s the widest audience demographic you could get with any show. And, for those that like a spreadsheet, it’s the biggest box office a show pulls at the theatre. And it should (note that word)

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should, be the jewel in every theatre’s artistic programme. Sadly in many cases it’s not. Thankfully, the Macrobert always has and always will dedicate themselves to producing a panto that is the best, brightest and funniest it can possibly be. Since we started our journey together in 2007 - we made our own rules up together. Straight down the line 50/50 gender on stage. The lead should be female. She should be strong. She should have agency. She should be FUNNY! The talent on stage should be the best Scotland has to offer. We should give graduates their first jobs. We should try and retain our talent and let them and our audience grow together. And our young team…

Ah the young cast. Well they should be dynamic, should have proper rehearsal time, should be allowed to experiment and have a voice and then should work as a team to deliver work as excellent as any professional company. They should have a process that encourages their engagement in the theatre. They should have fun (and know that fun in the theatre means hard work). And we all need to remember - we do it for our audience.

WE DON’T DUMB DOWN, WE DON’T RECYCLE TIRED OLD SKITS, WE POLITELY STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE GIANTS BEFORE US


Mark Fisher

SO THAT WE CAN MAKE A PANTO THAT’S FOR TODAY’S AUDIENCE. We push the genre forward. We take risks. And if we can squeeze in a classic Kylie track? All the better. Macrobert was undoubtedly the launch pad for my career. I like to think that with the Christmas shows I’ve made there both the audience and myself have grown up together (and let’s not forget the 320 odd young people that have been part of the cast over the last 10 years too). It isn’t only the place I started panto but the place where I’ve learned to keep pushing and pulling at the genre and what it does.

2016 was a really unique experience for me. The first panto that Julie Ellen directed, that I’d written (but wasn’t in) - Weans In The Wood. I felt like it was time to take a risk. I knew my audience well. It’d been nearly 10 years and I felt like there was something missing, something that didn’t feel logical any longer.

I’D NEVER SEEN A SAME-SEX COUPLE GET TOGETHER IN A CHRISTMAS SHOW. NEVER. THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH. NOT WHEN SCOTLAND HAS BEEN A WORLD CHAMPION IN LGBTQ RIGHTS. SO WE DID.

Two boys got married at the end. To my knowledge I don’t think that had been done before, certainly not in a mainstream panto-house aimed at young people. I can’t describe what it felt like to be in that schools show and hear the young audience cheer when the two boys got married at the end of the show. It was something I never got to see represented growing up so to see it now…

The Guardian, December 2017

…THE BEST PANTO IN SCOTLAND.

That moment was palpable. It felt joyous, and worthwhile and truly inclusive. And if it felt like that to me, aged 39, how amazing would that have felt if 15 year old me had seen it. There’s arguments that representation isn’t important. Trust me, after watching that show, I couldn’t disagree more….

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AN AMBITIOUS AND EXCITING CINEMA PROGRAMME

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OUR REGULAR CINEMA PROGRAMME BURSTS WITH BLOCKBUSTERS, AWARD-WINNERS, AND THE BEST OF INDEPENDENT FILM - WHICH NOW MAKES UP TWO THIRDS OF OUR PROGRAMME. LIVE (AND ‘AS LIVE’) SCREENINGS OF THEATRE, OPERA AND BALLET FROM SOME OF THE UK’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS COMPANIES HAS PROVED ENORMOUSLY POPULAR, AND A REGULAR RELAXED FILM PROGRAMME HELPS EVERYONE SHARE IN OUR LOVE OF GREAT CINEMA. IN OCTOBER 2017, WE WERE PROUD TO LAUNCH THE INAUGURAL CENTRAL SCOTLAND DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL. WITH A PROGRAMME OF ENLIGHTENING DOCUMENTARIES, ACCOMPANIED BY INTRODUCTIONS, DISCUSSIONS, POP UP SCREENINGS AND A SCHOOLS OUTREACH PROGRAMME, WE LOOK FORWARD TO CSDF’S GROWTH OVER THE YEARS AHEAD.


Shona Thomson

Curator & Producer at A Kind of Seeing, akindofseeing.co.uk

I find there’s an openness to experimentation and a belief in curators like myself from Grahame and the team at Macrobert. I kicked off Made in My Toun, the first archive film tour I had created, in the Filmhouse in October 2015. There had been very few events of this kind in larger venues outwith community group networks. We had a grand evening with a busy cinema audience enjoying films from our national moving image collections and some fascinating stories from one of Scotland’s pioneering documentary filmmakers Eddie McConnell. Macrobert’s relationship within the University of Stirling meant I also had a professor from the Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology department on the panel adding another dimension to the post-screening blether.

The relationships that Macrobert has facilitated opened up access for me to research in the John Grierson Archive held in the University’s Special Collections. Not many independent cinemas can offer that! Then to be asked to create Stirling Kaleidoscope for closing night of the first Central Scotland Documentary Festival was a real honour. It was pretty special to be able to bring ‘home’ archive films of Stirling and the local area to a receptive full house of folk who could still tell you how much it cost to get into The Regal cinema in town of a Saturday night in the 1960s. I’ve always found interested and engaged audiences in Macrobert – the result of innovative programming that reaches beyond the confines of the physical building and into the surrounding communities.

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Timothy George Kelly

‘Brexitannia’

Central Scotland Documentary Festival is an absolute gem, and a festival I look forward to seeing grow as a known staple in the UK’s film festival calendar. My time there was special due to my interactions with Grahame, the incredible audience and my pleasure and surprise in wandering around the amazing architecture of the University of Stirling. The festival holds an amazing potential of growing an audience and culture in Central Scotland for documentary film and I wish the crew all my support and luck for the future.

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Sambrooke Scott

Film Hub Scotland

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CENTRAL SCOTLAND DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL OFFERS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND BRING AUDIENCES TOGETHER TO EXPLORE NONFICTION NARRATIVES IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD.

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INVESTING IN TALENT

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OUR YOUNG DANCE AND DRAMA COMPANIES SUPPORT TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS, AND WE’RE ALWAYS BLOWN AWAY BY THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS. EACH CHRISTMAS, ALMOST 30 YOUNG PEOPLE JOIN OUR PROFESSIONAL PANTO CAST FOR AN INTENSE WHIRLWIND OF TRAINING, REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE. AND ACROSS OUR TEAMS, WE SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS, WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS AND INTERNS TO DEVELOP THEIR CAREERS.


Astrid Ullrichson

Panto Young Cast member

I remember when I was really little, I would watch the Macrobert panto and every time I would turn to my mum and say I can’t wait until thats me and now its just so interesting to be part of all the hard work that goes into these shows, and be on stage with these talented actors/actresses. I feel so proud to be part of it all. Shona Ullrichson

Astrid’s mum

Being part of the Panto Young Cast has been such a positive experience for my daughter. It is an amazing opportunity for young people to work with a great creative team and with professional actors. It is a huge personal commitment for the young cast members - and their families - but it is well worth it, not only do they develop their acting, dancing and singing skills but they learn valuable life lessons about team work, commitment, professionalism, stamina - and above all it’s a lot of fun!

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Lorne Calway

Panto Young Cast member

Through being in the Young Cast I have gained more confidence; made new friends and gained a lot of experience. I have learned how to work as part of a cast/team. My performing skills; acting, dancing and singing have improved. My people skills have improved from working with so many adults in all aspects of the theatre and I have learned a lot from the adult cast. The highlight for me is watching the reaction of the audience when they see the show for the first time. Knowing that all the hard work and effort we have put in is worth it because people love the show. It is very rewarding being part of the Young Cast.

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Debbie Calway

Lorne’s mum

Lorne has made great friends through being in the Young Cast and some of his closest friends are people he met at his very first audition. When Lorne first wanted to audition we were a bit dubious as we know how shy he can be. However, in hindsight it was the best decision he ever made. The process from audition to the final show involves hard work and commitment by all involved. Lorne has learned so much and it has made him more determined to reach his goal of being in performing arts. Being part of the Young Cast has been hugely beneficial to Lorne. As a boy who is naturally shy it has been our pleasure to watch his confidence grow year on year. It is both emotional and rewarding. Very proud parents indeed.

The Herald

Review of The Little Mermaid, December 2015

MACBOB’S YOUNG CAST ENSEMBLE OF MERMAIDS, PIRATES AND SEA-CREATURES PROVE THE UNDERWATER EQUIVALENT OF THE BEES KNEES


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03 WE BELIEVE THAT AN ARTS CENTRE SHOULD BE FOR EVERYONE.

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The most creative, vibrant, exciting environments are those where a whole range of people and ideas can come together. We take seriously our position as a publicly-funded arts centre, and are passionate about widening access and removing barriers (both practical ones and those that are less tangible). We want everyone to be able to see great work, explore their creativity, and bring new experiences and perspectives to the future of our creative programme. Looking ahead, we’ll be building on this by developing our work with Deaf artists and audiences, including the appointment of Scotland’s first British Sign Language Director Trainee – with support from Creative Scotland’s Year of Young people fund. We’ll be popping up at all kinds of student-led and local community events to give people a taster of what they might expect from Macrobert, and to find out what people would like to see from their arts centre. We’ll be developing new events in partnership with local people and partners, including being part of Fun Palaces, The Big Lunch and Battersea Arts Centre’s Co-Creating Change network. And – thanks to feedback from local parents – we’ll be launching baby-friendly cinema screenings for parents of little ones.

OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, WE HAVE: Welcomed 13% more people into our venue – growing our audience from 97,000 in 2014/15 to 110,000 in 2016/17. Developed our programme of relaxed performances and screenings – specially designed for people with dementia, autism, or who’d otherwise appreciate a more accessible environment. This has included delivering 46 ‘dementia friendly’ live performances and adapted screenings, 3 relaxed performances of Panto, and a regular relaxed film programme. Supported 580 young people through our New Creative Voices programme - targeting young people who experience economic, social or geographic disadvantage to access dance and drama classes – developing social, learning and life skills along the way. Consulted with partners and experts by experience to enhance the accessibility and welcome of our space. We’ve recently launched a familiarisation video for anyone visiting our venue for the first time, and were really proud to open a fully accessible Changing Places toilet – one of only 3 venues in Stirling to do so. Donated 2,632 free tickets to our Christmas shows via our annual Christmas Appeal – working with 25 local charities to reach those most in need. We took pop-up festive film screenings to local hospices and hospitals – spreading the magic of Christmas to those who couldn’t make it to our venue in person.


WE HAVE A DIVERSE COMMUNITY, WHO COME TO US FOR A WHOLE RANGE OF DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES... FROM SEEING GROUND BREAKING PERFORMANCES TO SIMPLY USING OUR SPACES FOR STUDYING, OR SITTING FOR A CUPPA AND A CHAT. WE LOVE TO HEAR FROM OUR AUDIENCES - FROM THOSE TAKING THEIR FIRST STEPS INTO THE BUILDING, TO THOSE WHO’VE BEEN WITH US FOR DECADES.

ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE & SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Kerrie

Audience Member

I LOVE THE MACROBERT, IT HAS SUCH A RELAXED AND FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE AND WE ARE NEVER DISAPPOINTED!

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Doris Littlejohn

Audience Member

In 1966 the University came to Stirling and I thought ‘This is going to transform my life’, and it has done - because very soon after the University opened it announced that there was going to be a theatre on campus. I was so overjoyed. And it has done exactly that. The current offerings over the year are excellent and the programme has been much enhanced by the showing of filmed live performances of very high quality. The presence of Macrobert on the University campus has transformed not just my life but that of the whole community in Stirlingshire. Macrobert is a precious asset in the community

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Tripadvisor

ross58Scotland

I have only good things to say about this venue: excellent location, good parking, an amazing selection of entertainment options and best of all, excellent staff who always greet you with a smile and a warm welcome.

Avril

Audience Member

Great place - best fish & chips around campus! Excellent shows especially the live streams from National Theatre Live, Royal Opera House...the dementia screenings are really helpful to assisting, in my case - my own family...and classes... win for everyone. The variety in age groups who attend the classes or events makes it a stronghold within our community. I always prefer the Macrobert Arts Centre over a lot of different choices here in Stirling!

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OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE, LEARN AND GROW

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OUR CREATIVE LEARNING TEAM BUZZES WITH ENERGY AND IDEAS. THEY LEAD CLASSES FROM ‘KEEP DANCING’ FOR OVER 60S, TO GRAPHIC ART, BREAKDANCING, FILM-MAKING AND A BOOK GROUP. THERE’S SUPPORTED DRAMA CLASSES FOR THOSE WHO’D LIKE TO TAKE PART WITH A CARER, AND CLASSES AT EVERY LEVEL FROM ASPIRING PROFESSIONALS TO FIRSTTIME EXPERIMENTERS. AND OUR RELAXED CLASSES AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH STUDENT GROUPS AND LOCAL SCHOOLS HELP MAKE SURE EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE THEIR CREATIVE SIDE.


Salma Faraji

Adult Contemporary Dance class tutor

My weekly commute to Stirling was met by the most joyous class, Adult Contemporary Dance. We were like a family, danced, laughed, shared and celebrated in the studio.

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participant

Adult Dance class

I’m not a dancer but this class is GREAT. I’m learning all the time and (hopefully) improving. I certainly sleep well afterwards.

Ruby

participant

Working with Macrobert Young Company has been amazing, and I have made some great friends. This is something I’m always going to remember!

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Rhiannon

participant

Before starting classes at Macrobert I was one of the shyest people you could ever meet, but I am so glad I found somewhere where I can express my true self without fear. The people I have met along the way have all been amazing.

Naia

participant

I was part of the MYT (Macrobert Youth Theatre) Showcase last year, which was a great experience and gave me a confidence boost – before I joined MYT I was quite shy and not confident speaking in front of people, let alone a whole audience. Along the way I’ve made friends and learned new techniques for drama and outside of drama, building the confidence that helped me audition for Macrobert Young Company – and now I’m here!

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MACROBERT ARTS CENTRE’S NEW CREATIVE VOICES PROGRAMME WORKS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY WHO WOULD OTHERWISE BE UNLIKELY TO ACCESS CREATIVE EXPERIENCES. WE OFFER FREE DANCE AND DRAMA WORKSHOPS, SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR CREATIVITY, CONFIDENCE AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS.

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Head Teacher

East Plean Primary School & Nursery

It was emotive and fantastic to see all of the young people involved shine. The change to their confidence and selfesteem was almost tangible. They have been encouraged to listen to each other, work as a team, be supportive of each others’ contributions and grow in confidence.

English Teacher

Alva Academy

This project has worked really well with a group of highly disengaged young people. The New Creative Voices project has helped the pupils grow in self-confidence a great deal. This is evident each week during the session as more and more pupils are volunteering to share their pieces – some of which are very personal. The highlights of this project for me have been hearing some of the feedback from the young people themselves. One boy commented to a senior member of staff in school that he was trying really hard to change his behaviour and ‘be good’ so he can continue to attend the sessions – he hasn’t missed a single session so far despite being reluctant to take part at first. With the girls in particular, I feel that their

confidence has grown as they are now very keen to participate in activities and share the work they have done with the rest of the group. A few of the boys are not able readers yet they are now willing, and indeed keen to, take their turns reading aloud to the rest of the group.

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HELPING EVERYONE TAKE PART

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WE WORK HARD TO REDUCE PRACTICAL AND PHYSICAL BARRIERS TO OUR BUILDING – WHETHER THAT’S BY INSTALLING A CHANGING PLACES TOILET FOR PEOPLE WITH PROFOUND AND MULTIPLE LEARNING DISABILITIES, OR BY DEVELOPING A FAMILIARISATION VIDEO TO HELP PEOPLE FEEL MORE AT HOME WHEN THEY VISIT FOR THE FIRST TIME. INCLUSION – THOUGH, GOES WAY BEYOND SIMPLY BEING ABLE TO ACCESS OUR SPACES. FOR US, IT’S ABOUT ENABLING WIDER STORIES TO BE TOLD THROUGH OUR WORK, BY CHAMPIONING THE WORK OF TALENTED DISABLED ARTISTS LIKE CAROLINE BOWDITCH AND CAMERON MORGAN. IT’S ABOUT WORKING CLOSELY WITH PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED FROM OUR PROVISION – AND ABOUT TAILORING (OR REDESIGNING) OUR CLASSES SO EVERYONE CAN PARTICIPATE. WE WERE DELIGHTED TO GAIN AN AUTISM ACCESS AWARD FOR THIS APPROACH.


Gordon Comrie

Euan’s Guide reviewer

This is a great venue for disabled people. There’s parking right at the door, self-opening doors lead into a bright foyer, manned by friendly staff. There are disabled toilets, and the cinema is small but has space at the back for chair users and companions. Up a ramp and into the main theatre where there is a full row of disabled seating, again there’s chairs for companions. The restaurant is fully accessible by chair. All in all I would say a first class venue for all types of disability (I use a stick). All the staff are great, nothing is a problem for them. And very well priced too. A must in the Stirling area. Give it a visit, even just for a quick coffee. Just a great wee venue.

Contact the Elderly

Christmas Appeal

The feedback from our guests has been fantastic. They really enjoyed the show and the ice cream at the interval! Our guests usually live alone and have limited social opportunities. To be able to be at a show, for free, is such a treat. It gives everyone something to look forward to and then something to talk about afterwards. One guest said that it really made her feel part of Christmas and not on the side lines. One lady couldn’t remember when she had last been out in the evening. When I phoned one of them midafternoon to confirm the pick-up time she was already dressed and ready to go! It means such a lot to have something to both look forward to and then to look back on when you have little social contact day to day, sometimes week to week.

Panto guests

Barnardo’s – Christmas Appeal

We had a fantastic time. Dad was embarrassing as he kept laughing. Amazing, hilarious, so nice to spend quality time together. I forgot what that was like. Thank you.

EACH CHRISTMAS, WE DONATE HUNDREDS OF PANTO TICKETS TO LOCAL CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS – HELPING TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE CAN BE PART OF THE JOY AND MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS.

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WE’VE WORKED CLOSELY WITH LOCAL FAMILIES TO HELP AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE ACCESS CREATIVE EXPERIENCES HERE. FOR SOME, THAT MEANS RESPONDING TO VERY PRACTICAL NEEDS, WHILST OTHERS CAN ONLY PARTICIPATE THANKS TO INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED AND ADAPTED OPPORTUNITIES.

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Laura Rutherford (and Brody)

participant

I contacted Macrobert Arts Centre to make them aware of Changing Places toilets because my six year old son Brody is doubly incontinent and unable to use a standard accessible toilet. This means that when there is no Changing Places toilet, if he needs changed, our visits to venues are often cut short - or else I have to change him on a toilet floor or in our car boot. Sadly, this issue affects thousands of disabled people, their carers and families in Scotland. Staff immediately understood the importance of an installing a facility and less than a year later, one was installed. Changing Places toilets change lives. Macrobert Arts Centre got that. Now families like mine feel welcome, included and can enjoy a great venue. I can’t thank you enough.

Jamie

participant

I am very interested in making my own films and need to have animation / puppets in them. It is good to come to the Macrobert to work with Daniel as he knows I find working in groups hard and working for him is much easier for me so I am happy to come. Other people can help you learn things that you need that is difficult in a noisy big group but if someone is quiet and calm you can learn things better. This is a change for me to be learning from another person that is not my family.

Judith

Jamie’s mum

As a child who was unable to cope with High School due to his Autism Spectrum Disorder it has been invaluable for Jamie to spend time with someone like Daniel who is not a family member, and gives Jamie important social skills / experience of communicating with a person who is also teaching him craft skills which he is really enjoying. I have really enjoyed being able to bring Jamie here – it is a highlight in his (and my!) week – especially as I get to have a quiet cup of tea by myself (which doesn’t normally happen!)

OTHER PEOPLE CAN HELP YOU LEARN THINGS THAT YOU NEED THAT IS DIFFICULT IN A NOISY BIG GROUP BUT IF SOMEONE IS QUIET AND CALM YOU CAN LEARN THINGS BETTER.

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OUR PEOPLE OUR PEOPLE MAKE US WHO WE ARE

Our people make us who we are, and we are hugely fortunate to have benefited from the time, insight, expertise and energy of the many staff and volunteers who have shaped Macrobert Arts Centre over the past three years. Between 2015 and 2018 the following individuals served on our Board of Trustees: Alan Simpson (Chair), Eileen Schofield, Kerry Bryson, Andrew Panton, Neil Roden, Liam McCabe, Amy McDermott, Natalie Ibu.

OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, WE HAVE: Become accredited as a Living Wage employer by the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative. This is a voluntary commitment to an hourly rate that is set independently, updated annually and is calculated according to the real costs of living. Seen a significant growth in the contribution our live programme makes to our core costs. Achieved a shift in our annual balance sheet - recording small positive unrestricted reserves from 2016. Tightened our income generation activity - regaining control of our sweetie kiosk and refining our strategy for venue hire. Continued to attract significant individual and corporate support for our Christmas appeal - including securing sponsorship to significantly extend our Christmas provision from 2016. Secured restricted funds for exciting projects including New Creative Voices, our dementia-friendly provision, and for outreach activity with targeted groups.

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Natalie Ibu

Board Member

Macrobert Arts Centre is leading the way in how we think about the potential of the conversation between art forms and the role of arts buildings today. It was a privilege to support the executive team to think critically, creatively and consciously about what we do, how we do it and why.

Andrew Panton

Board Member

Macrobert has always been a leading force in Scottish Theatre and never so much as now. It’s a pleasure to serve on the board of such a dynamic arts organisation.

Peter Kelly

Director of the Poverty Alliance

The real Living Wage is one of the key tools at our disposal to help make an impact on levels of in-work poverty in Scotland. There is a strong business case for paying the Living Wage; but crucially it allows those in work to become more included in society, better provide for their families, and feel that their value and hard work is recognised by their employer. We are delighted to congratulate Macrobert Arts Centre on becoming a Living Wage employer, joining the growing movement of over 800 companies in Scotland who want to go further than the government minimum and recognise that Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer. I hope more organisations follow their lead by becoming accredited.

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OUR FUNDING & FINANCES OUR PEOPLE MAKE US WHO WE ARE

We are proud to be a Creative Scotland Regularly Funded Organisation, and grateful for their support. We are also proudly supported by the University of Stirling, and by a number of Trusts and Foundations, individuals and companies. Key funders over the past three years have included the Robertson Trust, the MacRobert Trust, Children in Need, the BIG Lottery Fund, the Postcode Community Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the RS Macdonald Charitable Trust and the Souter Charitable Trust. Thank you to all those who have supported our work. Looking ahead, our ambition is as big as ever, and we have exciting plans to build on the successes of the past three years. We saw a reduction in our funding in Creative Scotland’s latest funding round, which will ring challenges for the years ahead.

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However, we remain committed to providing a varied programme of high quality work, and our passion to widen access to the arts remains undiminished. The coming three years will see us exploring new routes to sustainability, developing new partnerships, and reimagining how we might deliver our ambitions as effectively as possible.


INCOME

£1,739,072

£1,653,665

£1,676,073

£1,430,921

£1,585,775

£1,795,307

DONATIONS/GRANTS & SPONSORSHIP UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

FACILITY HIRE CREATIVE LEARNING TAX RELIEF

EXPENDITURE

2016/ 2017

£410,000

CREATIVE SCOTLAND

OTHER

2015/ 2016

£734,738

TICKET SALES

£160,164 £135,000 £100,133 £52,648 £24,156 £60,828

£1,477,488

PROGRAMME CREATIVE LEARNING FUNDRAISING COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS

GOVERNANCE

£60,459 £44,449 £18,973 £6,516

2017/ 2018

TOTAL INCOME / EXPENDITURE INCOME EXPENDITURE

AVERAGE INCOME / EXPENDITURE

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WITH THANKS TO ALL STAFF WHO WORKED WITH US BETWEEN 2015 AND 2018 Abigail Jenkins Agnieszka Checka Aileen Kelly Ailie Neish Albert McLure Allan McIntyre Amber Edgar Amy Brunning Amy McCallum Andrew Paul Andrew Steen Angela Gray Angus King Annaliese Currie Anne Angus Ben Eames Cailean Thomson Caitlin Hall Cameron Forbes Cameron Quinn Caroline Malcolm-Boulton Carolyn Mason Catherine Ward-Stoddart

Charles Bonar Charlotte McKenna Chloe Bruce Christopher Jackson Claire-Louise Grant Craig Miller Daniel Beaton Daniel Livingston Darrell Williams Elizabeth Fuller Elizabeth Riach Emily Tucker Emma Razi Esther Jane Currie Euan Smith Finlay Copland Fraser Crombie Graham Fraser Grahame Reid Greg Atkinson Greg Atkinson Hannah Jackson Hannah Uttley Helen Doherty

Jan McTaggart Jassy Earl Jennifer Scollen Julie Ellen Kara Lindsay Kate MacLachlan Katherine Stuart Kathryn Welch Katie Mitchell Katie Skinner Katrina Gormley Ker Stuart Khlayre Cairney Kim Allison Kirsty-Anne Clarkson Laura Cranstoun Lauren Third Lewis Clennan Lindsay Hammond Louise Turnbull Lucy Wild Marie Lockhart Mark Ritchie Michael Richardson Neil Simpson Nicholas Findlay

Nicola Denman Nikki Kalkman Olga Dubaniowska Patricia Davie Petre Dobre Philip Cleary Rachael Davie Robin Holden Roslyn Scott Ross Menzies Sam Farr Samantha Gurrey Sara Kemal Sarah Balfour Siobhan Rothwell Stephen Lahbib Steven Sloss Stuart Mackenzie Stuart Mower Susan Nelson Taylor Kirkland Toby Tinson Vanessa Paynton Victoria Bowles William Ward

Macrobert Arts Centre University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA 01786 46 6666 info@macrobertartscentre.org macrobertartscentre.org With special thanks to photographers Paul Watt and Martin Forry Macrobert Arts Centre limited is a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in Scotland (No SC337763) with its registered office at University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA. Registered Charity No SC039546.

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Celebrating Our Journey: 2015 - 2019  

A celebration of work of Macrobert Arts Centre from 2015 to 2018, with a look to the future.

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