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LIVE EVENTS Sep - Dec 2017

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666

message from julie Our ‘cover girl’ larger than life welcome from Chick Whittington’s Dame, Alice Fitzwarren-Whittington sets the tone for a cracking, fun filled journey, from October right through to Hogmanay. Before Christmas calls you back to Stirling Stella there is great entertainment for you, whatever your age, and lots of events to get the whole family together for a really good time. Children’s choices invite you; to join Snigel the snail and friends in the magical world under the leafy canopy; to play fetch with The Little Gentleman’s dog; to journey back to the Western Isles in 1934 to help unite the world; celebrate growing up and grandparents in W-Hat About; and get down at a gig with Sprog Rock. We have more top quality musical theatre than ever before starting with All or Nothing, evoking Stirling University’s 50th Anniversary founding year, in the story of the Small Faces - live hits to sing along to include Itchy Coo Park, Lazy Sunday Afternoon and Sha-La-La-La-Lee. Later in the season we have a new Scottish musical The Sunshine Ghost, inspired by a Highland haunting, and our musical grand finale is the side splitting Scottish classic -The Steamie. I can’t think of a better Conversation Starter for our season than Gary Clarke’s Coal. It is a brilliant revisiting of the life of ordinary people in a time of great change and will inspire us all to reflect on our history and how it influences our communities still. There’s high quality drama, dance and music going right through the season, as well as insights into the brilliant work of wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan and physical anthropologist Alice Roberts. And how else would we finish our year than with the best of Christmas entertainment? Eric the Elf’s Chaotic Christmas will need everyone 5 and under to help save Christmas. Whereas Chick Whittington takes us in a time machine back 50 years from Christmas eve in Stirling Stellar to ‘The Summer of Love’ in 1967. With songs from now and then we’re in for a time travelling treat. Whatever you choose, we’re looking forward to welcoming you to Macrobert Arts Centre. See you soon!


Julie Ellen, Artistic Director

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Autumn Conversation Starter September Events October Events Christmas Coming in 2018 Get Involved: Classes & Opportunities Access & Family Friendly Booking & tickets

Philip Gurrey UNDER-MINED 23 Aug to 1 Oct This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closing of the Polmaise Colliery in Stirlingshire. This exhibition combines visual art, audio documentation and music to create a space that reflects the impact that the coal industry made upon the working people of Scotland. It looks back at the industry’s past, seeks to connect political upheaval with social movements and community action of today, and gazes forward at a fresh vision of the future through the creative and sociopolitical advancements which have stepped into the void of our industrial past. [Exhibition / Arthouse] We are delighted to gift one of the pieces

Philip Gurrey


Exhibition | Arthouse

Wed 23 Aug to Sun 1 Oct This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closing of the Polmaise Colliery in Stirlingshire. This exhibition combines visual art, audio documentation and music to create a space that reflects the impact that the coal industry made upon the working people of Scotland. It looks back at the industry’s past, seeks to connect political upheaval with social movements and community action of today, and gazes forward at a fresh vision of the future through the creative and sociopolitical advancements which have stepped into the void of our industrial past.

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from this season's Conversation Starter Scottish Coal Industry Special Welfare Fund

History is a vital part of our everyday lives, it is reflected in the world we live in. Coal mining was the starting point for many local towns and villages but few children today have seen or handled a piece of coal. Thirty years on from the miners' strikes we’re revisiting, celebrating and sharing our knowledge and feelings about our coal mining history. Through performance, participatory events and conversations we’re looking to the future with a better understanding of our places and ourselves. Coal, Undermined, Landscape Legacies and Macrobert In: Fallin and Sauchie bring more local people together than our previous Conversation events, reaching into Stirling and Clackmannanshire as well as gathering at Macrobert Arts Centre. It is an incredible privilege for us to work with artists, researchers and community members alike led by Gary Clarke and company, Philip Gurrey, Catherine Mills and Alasdair Ross and be part of Historic Environment Scotland's History Live weekend (29 Sept to 1 Oct). Join us to share and help grow the understanding of our relationship to Coal and have a great time at the performances and exhibitions. Dig in!

Macrobert In: Fallin & Sauchie

In July we spent a great weekend taking a taste of the entertainment and activities we offer at Macrobert Arts Centre right into the communities of Fallin and Sauchie. Each day opened with a pop-up cinema screening of Beauty and the Beast and in the afternoon artist Philip Gurrey ran a drop-in workshop inviting people of all ages to create a slogan, paint their placard and get involved in a mock demonstration. Our very own Drama Artist Lucy Wild ran a couple of drama games workshops in the afternoon, encouraging participants to get creative, have fun and then have their voice heard as part of a ‘demo’. Philip also made audio recordings of the ‘demos’ which are part of the Under-Mined Exhibition (see p1). Page 2

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Continuing the Conversation


Catherine and Alasdair (University of Stirling) are exploring the landscape histories of abandoned colliery sites in Clackmannan and Stirlingshire. They’re capturing the legacy of the decline of the coal mining industry and the impact on the people in the area through conversations with anyone interested in sharing their stories and experiences. How the sites have been used, re-purposed and redeveloped and how the industry has been remembered or commemorated from closure to present day. If you have a memory you’d like to share please get in touch: or 01786 467583.


We’re looking for four women aged 30+ (no upper limit) with no professional experience in dance or theatre to join Gary, his seven dancers and a live brass quintet on stage at Macrobert Arts Centre. They’ll feature in a small section of the show and play members of the women’s union ‘Women against Pit Closures’ established in 1984. If you’re interested, please get in touch before Thu 7 Sep. Email:


Gary Clarke Company are also offering workshops to schools, colleges and universities as part of an exciting integrated student and teacher package: 3 hour dance workshop and tickets for the show, suitable for age 12+. Find out more at Page 3

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666

Thu 28 to Sat 30 Sep, 7.30pm


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This riveting show takes a nostalgic look at the hard-hitting realities of life at the coalface! Strong, powerful and emotive it explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry, unearthing the true nature and body wrecking demands of a working class industry now almost forgotten.

Tickets: £10.50 / £8.50 Conc / £5.50 Student POST SHOW DISCUSSIONS Performances on the Thursday and Friday will be followed by a short discussion event exploring the themes of the show.

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September Events

Theatre | Mainhouse National Theatre of Scotland


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ADAM by Frances Poet

Tue 5 & Wed 6 Sep, 7.30pm Recommended for age 14+. Contains partial nudity, adult themes and some strong language.

If you are born in a country where being yourself can get you killed, exile is your only choice. Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man having to make that choice and begin his journey. From Egypt to Scotland, his flight crosses borders and genders to find a place for him to call home. In a world first this production features a choir of trans individuals from across the globe, integrated into what is a remarkable multimedia production. Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett.

Tickets: £14.50 / £12.50 Conc / £5.50 Student Page 5

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Theatre | Mainhouse Rapture Theatre


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Comedy | Mainhouse Live Nation and MZA

DANIEL SLOSS: NOW Fri 15 Sep, 7.30pm

Wed 13 Sep, *10.30am & 7.30pm

Recommended for age 16+

Experience the excitement of live theatre in Rapture Theatre Company's vibrant production of Tennessee Williams' American classic.

‘Deliciously dark stand-up’ ****

After her world starts to crumble, fading southern belle, Blanche DuBois, seeks solace with her sister, Stella. But her downward spiral brings her face-to-face with Stella’s husband, the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski. As temperatures soar and passions rise, Blanche and Stanley battle for Stella’s soul.

Tickets: £14.50 / £12.50 Conc / £5.50 Students *£5.50 tickets available for schools for the 10.30am performance only

mail on sunday

The stunning new show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and awardwinning stand-up, with special guest Gareth Waugh. To date Daniel has made a record seven appearances on TV’s Conan, performed nine sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and two solo off-Broadway seasons, released a DVD and given a Ted Talk (aged 19). NOW, what’s next….?

Tickets: £10.50 / £5.50 Students Page 6

September Events

Family | Macrobert Arts Centre


Event Cinema | Filmhouse Royal Opera House Live

Sun 17 Sep, 12noon to 4pm


We’re delighted to be part of this nationwide event and invite you to join us for a fun afternoon for all the family. Book a place on one of our backstage tours and get creative with a selection of arts and crafts in our drop-in art workshop.

Mozart’s glorious opera is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production, with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.

More details available on our website:

FREE (Backstage tours are ticketed so please book in advance)

Wed 20 Sep, 7.15pm Sun 24 Sep, 2pm

Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the birdcatcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends

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Find a full list of event cinema screenings on our website:

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666

Theatre | Mainhouse Utter, in association with The Byre Theatre


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Thu 21 Sep, 7.30pm Recommended for age 16+

Four Police Officers sit in a riot van. Called out to a domestic dispute, which may turn violent. They are on stand by; waiting to enter a flat where a man is wielding a samurai sword. We wait with them, experiencing the relationships forged through the stress of the job and the turmoil of being caught between following orders and protecting themselves. You will be given single-earpiece headphones, like Police Officers use, to tell this urgent story in a multi-sensory way.

Tickets: £12.50 / £10.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

Entertainment | Mainhouse Insideout Productions


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DIVAS UNLEASHED Fri 22 Sep, 7.30pm

A fabulous evening of fun with the best pop Divas around, in a show from the creators of Girls Night Oot and I Will Survive. Enjoy a selection of fantastic songs from pop divas like Aretha, Whitney, Tina and Britney performed by a first class professional cast.

Tickets: £12.50 / £10.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

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September/October Events

For age 4+

Theatre | Mainhouse Birds of Paradise & Tron Theatre


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BLANCHE & BUTCH Sat 23 Sep, 7.30pm

A dazzling new production directed and designed by Kenny Miller and featuring original songs and high camp! Blanche and Butch are backstage in a mist of hairspray and sequins as they reminisce about life as a troupe of disabled drag queens. Butch sings touching ballads - he’s all about reflection. Blanche, all camp, lipsyncs - well, tries to - his “unique speech pattern” means nothing ever syncs.

Tickets: £12.50 / £10.50 Conc / £5.50 Students AD SI CAP Page 9

Family | Playhouse Catherine Wheels


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THE STORY OF THE LITTLE GENTLEMAN Based on the book by Barbro Lindgren

Sat 30 Sep, 3pm

Will you be my friend? All the Little Gentleman wants is a friend. A friend he can sit in the sun with and listen to the birds. A friend to walk with and share his cookies. But nobody seems to like the Little Gentleman and nobody wants to be his friend. The Little Gentleman thinks he will live a sad and lonely life forever . . . until one day he is woken up by a curious dog who just wants to play.

Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666


Entertainment | Mainhouse Jo Sarsby Management


A unique evening with wildlife presenter and cameraman Gordon Buchanan, best known for his hugely popular BBC series Animal Family and Me. Share a trip into his world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife, illustrated with his own film footage and photography.

New releases, top blockbusters, independent and foreign language films, event cinema and special screenings. And if that’s not enough you can also enjoy some great discounts.

With a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments, Gordon will have tales of challenging expeditions to share, making this a thrilling evening not to be missed!

Family Rewind £2.25 Midweek Matinees £3.50 5pm(ish) Films £5.50 Wee Group Saver £25

Tickets: £16.50 / £14.50 Conc

(4 tickets, any 4 people, to the same film)

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October Events

rock n roll productions presents


Based on the life and music of the small faces




Chris Simmons


The coolest musical ever Mon 2 to Wed 4 Oct, 7.30pm

Musical | Mainhouse

Recommended for age 16+


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‘Funny fiery and brave… you’ll have a rocking night out’ THE DAIlY STAR, SUNDAY A trans-generational musical experience celebrating the unique sound of the iconic Mod band - The Small Faces. Including an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, All Or Nothing, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes The Nice and Itchycoo Park. In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded onto the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. The Small Faces encapsulated all that was Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed and street-wise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to Rhythm ‘n’ Blues.

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Event Cinema | Filmhouse

Music | Playhouse

Royal Opera House Live

Mairi Campbell

Tue 3 & Wed 4 Oct, 7.15pm

Fri 6 Oct, 7.30pm


When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La Bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focuses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris.

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends


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Recommended for age 8+

‘an exhilarating blend of music, movement and animation’ THE SCOTSMAN Viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling come together in this one woman show, from award-winning musician and singer Mairi Campbell. On a mission to heal cultural wounds, she shares her journey from training at a London conservatoire, through experiences in Mexico and Cape Breton, before a return to her native traditions.

Tickets: £10.50 / £8.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

Find a full list of event cinema screenings on our website –

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October Events


For age 5 and under

Musical | On the Stage Starcatchers and Sprog Rock


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SPROG ROCK: Featuring Music Made By Local Sprogs

Sat 7 & Sun 8 Oct, 11.30am & 2.30pm

A live interactive gig for all ages – full of celebration and playfulness! Sprog Rock have toured across Scotland, creating music and gigs for children and adults to enjoy together. Coming to Macrobert Arts Centre in October for 2 days of music inspired by, and made with, children from local nurseries – the set list really will be like no other!

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Interested in hiring Macrobert Arts Centre for your event? We’d be delighted to help make it a memorable and engaging experience.

get in touch

Robin Holden (Events & Projects Co-ordinator): 01786 467153 or robin.holden@ ‘The staff are always incredibly supportive at all levels. It’s a pleasure to return each year.’ YDANCE

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Libby McArthur Mary McCusker Steven McNicoll Carmen Pieraccini

Fiona Wood

Theatre | Mainhouse Mon 9 to Sat 14 Oct, 7.30pm Wed 11 & Sat 14 Oct, 2.30pm


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Come and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Scotland’s most loved play! It’s Hogmanay in a Glasgow wash house, and the girls need to get their washing done before the bells. Join Dolly, Magrit, Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers as they laugh and cry their way through the last day of the year – with a little help from the not so handy Andy. Mon & Tue: £19.50 Premium (no concessions) £17.50 Standard (no concessions)

Wed to Sat: £21.50 Premium £19.50 Standard £17.50 Concession (Wed & Thu only)

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October Events

Exhibition | Arthouse Cameron Morgan & Project Ability

TV CLASSICS: PART 1 Tue 10 Oct to Thu 2 Nov

This exhibition celebrates the culture and history of television throughout the decades, with each painting marking an era, a style and a TV programme. Originally commissioned by Unlimited, it is a celebration of learning disability culture by multi-talented artist Cameron Morgan. Cameron Morgan is a multi-talented and prolific artist who has worked with Project Ability, as part of their Aspire programme, since 1991. Special thanks to artist Jason Davies for acting as Morgan’s mentor and assistant during this project.

Theatre | Playhouse Laurie Motherwell

COMES AROUND Tue 10 Oct, 3pm Archie, Margaret and Fergus are all in their 70’s with time on their hands. We join them on a journey to new discoveries in the third age and look for answers to the questions; What’s going on at the caravan park? Why is the community nurse coming to visit with ‘interesting’ items in her bag? Join Playwright Laurie Motherwell for a reading of his play in development and a humorous reflection on sex and the older citizen. CONVERSATION EVENT

There will be a post reading discussion which will form part of Laurie’s research for Comes Around.


You can visit this exhibition whenever we’re open (with occasional exceptions for private events – please check with the Box Office).

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FREE (but ticketed, so please book in advance)

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666

For age 6+

Family | Workhouse National Theatre of Scotland


25% OFF


Sat 14 Oct, 11.30am & 2.15pm A fantastically fun new show full of humour, heart and hope for the future! July, 1934. The Western Isles. A small crowd stand on a beach as eccentric German scientist Gerhard Zucker tells them he wants to bring the world together. The future is about communication and connection and… ROCKETS! The crowd gasp as he lights the fuse, the rocket lifts off and then… explodes. Gerhard has three days to turn his luck around. Will he make his rockets fly? Will he bring people together?

Tickets £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver Sign up for a free pre-show workshop and build a rocket:

Entertainment | Mainhouse Jo Sarsby Mangement


How do you tame wildness? For hundreds of thousands of years our ancestors existed in a world where they depended on wild plants and animals. Then a revolution happened: we started to domesticate wild species and they became crucial to our own survival and success. Join Alice Roberts as she delves into archaeology, history and genetics to reveal the amazing stories of the species that became our allies. From dogs, cattle and horses to wheat, potatoes and apples, find out how taming all these species has left its mark on them - and us.

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October Events A co-production between Scottish Theatre Producers and Festival and King’s Theatres, Edinburgh

Musical | Mainhouse


Scottish Theatre Producers 25% OFF & Festival and King’s Theatres, Edinburgh

THE SUNSHINE GHOST Wed 18 Oct, 7.30pm Recommended for age 12+

This new musical tells the wonderfully comic story of the acquisition of Castle MacKinnon by a love-struck billionaire and property tycoon for ‘Astrobeth’ - his fiancé and Hollywood’s favourite astrologer. Brought brick by brick from a remote rocky outcrop on a small Scottish Island all the way to Naples, Florida, they soon discover that the castle's previous owner has not quite ‘left’ the building…

Theatre | On the Stage Wonder Fools


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THE COOLIDGE EFFECT Fri 20 Oct, 7.30pm

Recommended for age 14+

This production uses an interactive blend of storytelling, poetry and science to examine how pornography affects our mental health, relationships and sexual experiences. Pornography is all around us, and the amount we watch is growing at an exponential rate and as access to it increases, so does our unwillingness to talk about it. Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists, these unique stories are told through four intertwining narratives.

Tickets £14.50 / £12.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

Tickets £10.50 / £8.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

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Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2017

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666

For 0 - 12 months

Family | On the Stage Caroline Bowditch & Company


25% OFF


Sat 21 Oct, 11.30am & 2.30pm Join Snigel, the inquisitive snail, in a cozy home underneath the leafy canopy! It’s a colourful and sensory world where Snigel’s insect friends come to visit. They dance, play, sing and make music in the undergrowth while uncovering secret treasures in a world brought to life by dancers Caroline Bowditch and Alex McCabe and performer / musician Zac Scott.

Tickets £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver

Musical | Mainhouse M A Promotions Ltd


A whistle stop tour from the heart of London’s theatre land to the glitz of Broadway with a selection of your favourite musical songs. ‘Outstanding’ THE STAGE Enjoy classics from shows like Les Miserables, Phantom of The Opera and Miss Saigon brought to you by a West End cast that includes Britain’s Got Talent Jai McDowall and Musical Theatre’s favourite and spine tingling singer Michael Courtney.

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October Events

Dance Theatre | Playhouse Spotted Stripes and Truffle Pig


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WELCOME MY SON Tue 24 Oct, 7.30pm Recommended for age 16+

A unique interpretation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, told through the monster’s eyes, using Chinese pole and physical theatre. Abandoned by his father, the Monster feels isolated and alone in this unique re-telling of the classic story, that also explores the themes of conformity and prejudice, giving them contemporary relevance.

Tickets £10.50 / £8.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

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Event Cinema | Filmhouse Royal Opera House Live


Christopher Wheeldon’s production first burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit-hole events become curiouser and curiouser… As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends Find a full list of event cinema screenings on our website –

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666 For age 6+

Theatre | Playhouse


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James Ley in association with Royal Lyceum Theatre, supported by Red Bridge Arts

LOVE SONG TO LAVENDER MENACE Thu 26 Oct, 7.30pm Recommended for age 14+

It’s 1987 and shop workers Paul and David are getting ready for a celebration of the 5th anniversary of Lavender Menace, Scotland’s foremost lesbian, gay, feminist bookshop. From its humble beginnings in the cloakroom of an Edinburgh nightclub, (that saw a performance from the Village People!), this trailblazing venture has become the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT community. But can it survive in Thatcher’s changing Britain of capitalism and commodification?

Tickets £10.50 / £8.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

Family | Playhouse Fuora Dance Project


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Sun 29 Oct, 2.30pm A brand-new show celebrating the grandparents who help us to grow up teaching us to be brave, fight our fears and break down barriers! Share some laughs, learn about the differences between Scottish and Italian cultures and understand the importance of learning from our mistakes as we develop and grow.

Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver FREE workshop for all the family - please book in advance. Page 20

November Events




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H Exhibition | Arthouse Macrobert Arts Centre


Our annual Christmas sale of arts and crafts is back for a third year. Looking for the perfect Christmas gift or something special for yourself? Then pop by for a browse through a selection of different works by Scottish-based artists. More details will be available on our website:


You can visit this exhibition whenever we’re open (with occasional exceptions for private events – please check with the Box Office).

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Donate to our Christmas Appeal and help local children and families make some magical memories (having lots of fun with me at the Panto!)

H £15 Donation = a whole day of joy

To donate to the Christmas Appeal visit:





e h t E l c f i r ' s E otic Christ A wee elf on a big mission – to save Christmas!

Written and Composed by Andy McGregor

Directed by Julie Ellen First produced and presented by the Citizens Theatre

Tue 28 Nov to Sun 24 Dec 2017

A fun-filled, interactive, inspiring musical adventure with lots of laughs and songs to join in with! Page It’s Eric’s first day working in Santa’s Grotto and he is as excited as an28 Page Elf can be. But what starts out as a magical day filled with fun soon 22 goes wrong and Eric is left all on his own with the future of Christmas resting on his rather small shoulders. For age

Join Eric, a wee elf with a very big mission, as he sets out on a magical adventure to save Christmas!

Tickets: £9.50 / £32 Wee Group Saver / £8 Groups of £10+

5 and under

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Wed 22 Nov to Sun 31 Dec

Written by, directed by and starring Johnny McKnight Stirling Stella is under attack. It’s been fifty years since The Great Christmas Rat Race of 1967 that almost destroyed the pantosphere and now Queen Rat is back! Step (or push) forward, one Chick Whittington (Granddaughter of the legendary Dick). Surely getting rid of the rats will easy for her? Surely Alice Fitzwarren and her Time Machine can help save the day? Surely no-one will notice that the plot bears a strong resemblance to Back to the Future? Grab your sweeties and get ready to boo, hiss and dance a merry jig at this year’s panto extravaganza! TICKETS

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Times in black: £9 Times in green: £17 / £14.50 Conc / £13 Friends Times in blue: £19.50 / £16 Conc

NOV MORNING AFTERNOON EVENING Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Sun 26 Mon 27 Tue 28 Wed 29 Thu 30

10.30am 10.30am 10.30am -- -- No performances 10.30am 10.30am 10.30am

-- -- -- 2pm (F) 1.30pm (F)

--7.30pm 7.30pm (F) 6pm (F)

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DEC Fri 1 10.30am -- 7.30pm (F) Sat 2 -- 2pm 7.30pm Sun 3 -- 1.30pm 6pm Mon 4 No performances Tue 5 10.30am -- -- Wed 6 10.30am -- -Thu 7 10.30am 2.30pm (R) --Fri 8 10.30am --- 7.30pm Sat 9 -- 2pm (F) 7.30pm (F) Sun 10 -- 1.30pm (F) 6pm (F) Mon 11 No performances Tue 12 -- 12.30pm 7.30pm Wed 13 10.30am -- 7.30pm Thu 14 10.30am -- 7.30pm Fri 15 -- 2pm 7.30pm Sat 16 -- 2pm 7.30pm (F) Sun 17 -- 1.30pm 6pm Mon 18 No performances Tue 19 -- 2pm 7.30pm (Sold out) Wed 20 10.30am -- 7.30pm Thu 21 -- 2pm 7.30pm Fri 22 -- 2pm 7.30pm Sat 23 -- 2pm 7.30pm Sun 24 -- 1.30pm (Sold Out) 6pm (Sold Out) Mon 25 Merry Christmas – we’re closed! Tue 26 -- 2pm 7.30pm Wed 27 -- 2pm 7.30pm Thu 28 -- 2pm 7.30pm Fri 29 -- 2pm 7.30pm Sat 30 -- 2pm 7.30pm Sun 31 -- 2pm -(F) Friends discount available (R) Relaxed Performance Dates for sign interpretation, audio description, captioning and touch tours will be available on our website.

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Christmas On The Big Screen

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE: THE NUTCRACKER Tue 5, Wed 6, Tue 12 & Wed 13 Dec, 7.15pm Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec, 2pm

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends

Event Cinema | Filmhouse

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Coming in 2018

Dance | Mainhouse Ballet West


25% OFF


Fri 26 Jan, 7.30pm Sat 27 Jan, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Comedy | Mainhouse MZA and CHill Productions


25% OFF


Recommended for age 16+

Ballet West are back with another ballet favourite – a fascinating combination of beautiful music, classical dance and fiery drama. Giselle is a peasant girl, who dies of a broken heart when she finds out her lover is engaged to someone else. She is brought back to life by the Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death. When they target Giselle's lover, her love for him is his only chance.

Tickets £15.50 / £13.50 conc

Weegie believe it? Scotland's kilted comedy treasure is back at Macrobert Arts Centre and we predict a riot (a riotous night of comedy that is...). His high-octane shows are always popular, so don't miss out and make sure you book early. ‘Flat-out hilarious... I’ve not heard a room laugh so long and hard… the audience was in absolute paroxysms of laughter… Genuinely funny.’ MIRROR

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Get Involved: Weekly classes for Children and Young People

Art Adventures: Thursdays, 31 Aug to 26 Oct

Learn new skills in drawing, painting and craft making with the help of a professional artist. P4/P5 4pm - 5pm £50

Comic Art: Wednesdays, 30 Aug to 25 Oct

Create your own characters, write stories and put together your very own graphic novel by the end of term. P6/P7 5pm - 6.30pm £60

Dance: Thursdays, 31 Aug to 26 Oct

Try out a range of dance styles and techniques, improve your strength and flexibility and develop your creative dance style in these weekly classes. Leaps & Beats P4 to P7 4.30pm - 5.30pm £44 Fresh Moves S1+ 6pm - 7.30pm £56

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Macrobert Youth Theatre (MYT): Saturdays, 26 Aug to 28 Oct

Come along to these weekly classes and explore your creativity and imagination! Develop drama and performance skills, learn new techniques and make friends in a fun and creative environment. MYT1 P1 - P3 10.30am - 11.30am £44 MYT2 P4 – P6 11.45am - 1.15pm £56 MYT3 P7 – S2 1.45pm - 3.15pm £56 MYT4


3.30pm - 5.30pm


Illustration Design: Wednesdays, 30 Aug to 25 Oct

In these weekly workshops you’ll work with a professional artist to develop your own style. You’ll be encouraged to explore words, illustrations and a mixture of the two. S1+ 7pm - 9pm £80

Film Crew: Thursdays, 31 Aug to 26 Oct

Become a filmmaker! Every week you’ll work with a professional filmmaker to learn about camera equipment, creating narratives and how to bring your ideas to life. Learn about film language too by watching, analysing and making different styles and genres of film. S1+ 6pm - 8pm £80 Page 28

Get Involved: Classes & Events for Adults

Adult Dance: Mondays, 28 Aug to 23 Oct

If you’ve got an interest in contemporary dance, come along and develop your skills and explore lots of movement ideas and techniques. 18+ 6.30pm - 8pm £56

Keep Dancing: Thursdays, 31 Aug to 26 Oct

A drop-in dance class where you can explore and develop ideas and work together to create original dance pieces, while keeping your body and mind flexible and fit. 60+ 10.30am - 11.30am Pay as you go £5/session

Macrobert Adult Company Drama: Fridays, 1 Sep to 27 Oct

The group focuses on drama games and individual and group expression. It is suitable for adults who prefer to have fun in an environment where they are supported by carers/loved ones who are encourage to get involved too. 18+ 1.30pm - 3pm Pay as you go £5/session

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY LIVE EVENTS Tuesdays @ 2pm With live entertainment and refreshments, these events run once a month. They offer a varied programme of dance, music and storytelling and there are always a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits on offer too: 29 Aug, 26 Sep, 31 Oct & 28 Nov 2017 (Assisting Companion or family member free of charge) Check out our website for more programme details: Page 29

Macrobert Young Companies

AUDITION: Macrobert Young Company (MYC) | £110 per term Calling all aspiring young actors interested in joining an ambitious drama group who perform as part of a number of different events like the National Theatre’s Connections. Company members need to commit to all the weekly rehearsals, from September to June 2018. Audition: Wed 6 Sep, 6.30pm Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6.30pm – 9pm (from Wed 13 Sep)

AUDITION: Macrobert Youth Dance Company (MYDC) | £110 per term Be part of an inspirational group of young dancers and get the chance to work with a professional choreographer and represent Macrobert Arts Centre at a selection of national events like YDance Routes: Destinations. Company members need to commit to all the weekly rehearsals, from Sept to June 2108. Audition: Wed 6 Sep, 7pm Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7pm – 9pm (from Wed 13 Sept) Interested? Get in touch:

Creative Learning Facebook Group Keep up to date with opportunities, events, auditions and classes for all ages by joining Macrobert Arts Centre’s Creative Learning Facebook Group. Search for ‘Macrobert Arts Centre Creative Learning’ to join.

Participation Fund We offer funding support to help everyone get involved in our classes and workshops, so please get in touch if you’d like to know more or are interested in applying: Page 30

We're Accessible & Family Friendly


We welcome all visitors with additional access requirements and are committed to making our work and spaces accessible to everyone. Our building is accessible for wheelchairs - there is level access via the main entrance and automatic doors leading directly to the Box Office, which has low counters and a hearing loop. Textphone Number - 18001 01786 466 666


There are 3 parking bays at the main entrance to Macrobert Arts Centre for blue badge holders.

Ticket Discounts

We offer concession priced tickets to people with additional support needs and their assisting companions are admitted free of charge. Please let us know if you require a wheelchair space or if you have any additional access requirements

Familiarisation Visits

We understand that visiting a new place can be a challenging experience for some people. If you would like to arrange a pre-event tour, please get in touch – info@ Page 31


We welcome children and families and are fully accessible for prams and pushchairs. There is a pram parking bay just as you enter the building beside the Box Office and booster cushions are available on request for the Filmhouse. We have baby changing facilities in both the men’s and women’s toilets in the main foyer. Mothers are welcome to breastfeed anywhere at Macrobert Arts Centre.

Babes in Arms

We offer a limited number of free tickets for children (aged 12 months and under) who are sharing a seat with their carer at some family friendly events. These must be booked in advance so please give us a call on 01786 466 666 for more information or to book.

Accessible Performances

Look out for these symbols:SI Sign AD Audio Interpretation Description

CAP Caphone

TT Touch Tour

Large print copies of this brochure are available on request – or 01786 466 666

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666 Booking & Ticket Info

Concessions & Discounts

In Person at the Box Office


Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA Mon to Thu - 10am to 7.45pm Fri, Sat & Sun - 10am to 8.15pm

By Phone on 01786 466 666 Textphone 18001 01786 466 666 Mon to Sun – 10am to 7pm Online – (Secure booking 24 hours a day for all events and classes)

Group Bookings

To book 10 tickets or more for an event call us on 01786 466 666 or email

Online & Phone Booking Charge

If you book by phone or online there’s a £1.00 charge per transaction (to cover associated costs).


We’re happy to post your tickets out for a charge of 60p per transaction. (All tickets booked within 10 days of a performance will be held for collection at the Box Office).


We’re unable to offer any refunds unless an event is cancelled - full terms and conditions of sale can be found on our website Ticket prices for most shows include a 50p contribution to our development fund, helping protect the future of Macrobert Arts Centre and improve our facilities.

Full time students, under 18’s, senior citizens, persons with a disability and their assisting companion, Young Scot card holders, benefit claimants and equity members (proof of eligibility is required at time of booking / collection).

*Babes in Arms

We offer a limited number of free tickets for children aged 12 months and under, who are sharing a seat with their carer, at some family friendly events. These need to be booked in advance so call 01786 466 666 for more information. Friends discount

*Friends Discounts

Macrobert Arts Centre Friends enjoy a range of benefits including 25% off tickets for most live events, discounted tickets for event cinema screenings and 10% off classes and workshops – look out for the symbol. * Please note concessions and discounts may not be available for all performances and screenings. These are offered at the discretion of Macrobert Arts Centre and the relevant visiting company, are subject to availability and cannot be retrospectively applied.


We offer a range of performances that tie in with the Curriculum for Excellence and offer special discounts to schools. We also offer pre and / or post performance workshop programmes and backstage tours. For more information please contact: creativelearning@


All information is correct at time of print and is subject to change without prior notice. Macrobert Arts Centre reserves the right to make any alterations to the advertised arrangements, programme or price, Macrobert Arts Centre cannot be held liable for travel, accommodation or subsistence costs. Page 32

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666 September Ongoing to Sun 1 Oct Tue 5 & Wed 6 Sep Wed 13 Sep Fri 15 Sep Sun 17 Sep Wed 20 Sep Thu 21 Sep Fri 22 Sep Sat 23 Sep Sun 24 Sep Thu 28 to Sat 30 Sep Sat 30 Sep

Undermined Adam A Streetcar Named Desire Daniel Sloss: Now Doors Open Day ROH Live: The Magic Flute Stand By Divas Unleashed Blanche and Butch ROH Live: The Magic Flute Coal The Story of the Little Gentlemen

Venue Opening Hours 7.30pm 10.30am & 7.30pm 7.30pm 12noon to 4pm 7.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2pm 7.30pm 3pm

Gordon Buchanan: Animal Families All or Nothing: The Mod Musical ROH Live: La Boheme Pulse Sprog Rock The Steamie Comes Around TV Classics: Part 1 Rocket Post Tamed: Professor Alice Roberts The Sunshine Ghost The Coolidge Effect Snigel and Friends Mad About the Musicals Welcome My Son ROH Live: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Love Song to Lavender Menace W-Hat About?

7.30pm 7.30pm 7.15pm 7.30pm 11.30am & 2.30pm Various 3pm Venue Opening Hours 11.30am & 2.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 11.30am & 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.15pm 7.30pm 2.30pm

October Sun 1 Oct Mon 2 to Wed 4 Oct Tue 3 & Wed 4 Oct Fri 6 Oct Sat 7 & Sun 8 Oct Mon 9 to Sat 14 Oct Tue 10 Oct Tue 10 Oct to Thu 2 Nov Sat 14 Oct Tue 17 Oct Wed 18 Oct Fri 20 Oct Sat 21 Oct Sun 22 Oct Tue 24 Oct Thu 26 Oct Thu 26 Oct Sun 29 Oct

November & December Sat 4 Nov (to Sun 7 Jan) Handmade: Christmas Craft Sale Wed 22 Nov to Sun 31 Dec Chick Whittington Tue 28 Nov to Sat 24 Dec Eric the Elf’s Chaotic Christmas Tue 5, Wed 6, Sat 9, Sun 10, ROH Live: The Nutcracker Tues 12, Wed 13 Dec rock n roll productions presents

Venue Opening Hours Various Various Various


Based on the life and music of the small faces




Chris Simmons


The coolest musical ever

Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Macrobert Arts Centre Autumn 2017 Live Guide  

Browse all our 2017 events from September to December. From theatre, dance, comedy, music, family, exhibitions, event cinema and Christmas,...

Macrobert Arts Centre Autumn 2017 Live Guide  

Browse all our 2017 events from September to December. From theatre, dance, comedy, music, family, exhibitions, event cinema and Christmas,...