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LIVE EVENTS Jan to Apr 2018

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Classics, Comedy and Life Celebrations for 2018 To kick start 2018 we have a rich offering of classics bringing you the most dramatic and compelling of human stories; the beautiful ballet Giselle; Ae Fond Kiss - the life of Burns; Event Cinema classics Tosca, Twelfth Night and The Winter’s Tale and an explosive new exploration of Milton’s Paradise Lost – our Conversation Starter The Shadow of Heaven. In early March we lead up to International Women’s Day with Morna Burdon’s Bonnie Fechters, Christine Bovill’s Paris and the Royal Opera House event cinema presentation of Carmen: stories by and of women to be celebrated. Do not miss Bingo! A musical comedy with a star studded cast straight from the pen of our pantomime writer and favourite Dame, Johnny McKnight. He collaborates with TV comedy writer Anita Vettesse and Musical Director Alan Penman for an absolutely great night out, guaranteed. There are plenty of evenings just for laughs from Craig Hill, Jay Lafferty, Alan Bissett and Gary Lamont. Craig is back with more kilt punning fun and later Jay joins us for the first time, with her comedic exploration of how she lives up to her granny’s favourite cry ‘ya wee besom’. Alan Bissett takes on the role of Moira, ‘Falkirk’s hardest woman’ in a side splitting monologue from his legendary creation and afterwards will be in conversation with creative writing students on how Alan went from teaching literature to performing live. In 2016 Alan received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stirling in recognition of his contribution to Scotland’s literary culture. This season’s great comedy ends with Gary Lamont’s Dropping the Soap, packed with stories and songs to delight us all, as he washes River City character Robbie right out of his hair. Whatever you choose, we’re looking forward to welcoming you to Macrobert Arts Centre. See you soon.


Julie Ellen, Artistic Director

CONTENTS P1 – P17 P18 – P19 P20 – P22 P23 P24 & P25 P26 & P27 P28 & P29 P30 P31 P32 P33

Events Get More… from this season’s Conversation Starter More Events Coming Soon Christmas 2018 Get Involved: Children and Young People Get Involved: Adults Professional Training Thank You! Access and Family Friendly Booking and Ticket Info

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666

Local | Mainhouse The Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund


Exhibition | Arthouse Edinburgh College


Enjoy a great night full of laughter and music and help raise money for a very special holiday home for children and families touched by cancer. Eilidh Brown lost her battle with cancer at just 15 years of age, but her family are committed to building somewhere special for other families to make some lasting memories.

An exhibition of fantastic costumes that would be perfect for theatrical productions set between 1550 and 1620. The costumes, undergarments and accessories in the exhibition have been constructed by students studying Theatre Costume Interpretation (HND, Year 2) or Costume for Stage and Screen (HND, Year 1) at Edinburgh College.

All Tickets: £25


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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January & February Events

Dance | Mainhouse Ballet West


25% OFF


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

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Event Cinema | Filmhouse Royal Opera House Live


Wed 7 Feb, 7.15pm Enjoy one of the great evenings of opera in our Filmhouse - from its strident opening chords Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera House captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including Vissi d’arte and E lucevan le stelle.

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends For a full list of event cinema visit our website:

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For age 4+

Family | Mainhouse Nonsense Room


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Theatre | Mainhouse Nonsense Room


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Sat 10 Feb, 3pm

Sat 10 Feb, 7.30pm

‘…a clever, funny, well-written musical...'

‘… genuinely funny and powerfully moving’

Join Scarlet and her side-kick Stanley the Squirrel as they try to outwit Walter the Wolf and discover that it's not just the enchanted forest that has magical powers.

Rabbie Burns is your guide through the major events of his own life. Enjoy quirky commentary, amusing and poignant interactions with key characters and renditions of famous poems and songs along the way - Ae Fond Kiss, Red, Red Rose, Auld Lang Syne and many more. Get to know or re-discover the life, loves and genius of Scotland’s Bard.


A fun, original musical for children, with live music and loveable characters, based on the classic fairy tale – from the team behind Hairy Maclary and Friends.

Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver (any 4 people)


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

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February Events

Event Cinema | Filmhouse Royal Shakespeare Company Live

TWELFTH NIGHT Wed 14 Feb, 7pm

‘I am all the daughters of my father’s house, and all the brothers too…’ This is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola, but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends For a full list of event cinema, visit our website:

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Music | Mainhouse



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Wed 14 Feb, 7.30pm

Celebrate Valentine's Day with the Edinburgh Quartet and a romantic programme of string classics. Mozart: String Quartet No.23 in F Major K590 Puccini: Chrysanthemums Borodin: String Quartet No.2 A Selection of Armenian Folk Songs

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

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Theatre | Mainhouse Alan Bissett


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‘A near-perfect series of new monologues, both howlingly funny and unnervingly sharp and poetic.’ ***** THE SCOTSMAN She’s back! Straight-talking Moira Bell returns in the award-winning new instalment of Alan Bissett’s much-loved show about Falkirk's hardest woman. Moira’s a gran now, but still telling hilarious home-truths about dating, cleaning posh folk’s hooses, her estranged sister, the return of her ex, Billy, and Brexit.

Tickets: £12.50 / £10.50 Conc / £5.50 Students JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Join Alan Bissett for a chat after the show, chaired by students studying creative writing at the University of Stirling.

Comedy | Mainhouse MZA and CHill Productions


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Fri 16 Feb, 7.30pm

Recommended for age 16+

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

Tickets: £16.50 / £14.50 conc

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February Events

For age 7+ and their families

Entertainment | Mainhouse Mad4Musicals


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Lights, camera, action – it’s an unforgettable night of movie magic and a nostalgic journey back to the heyday of Hollywood. A cast of sensational singers, The Picture House Show Band and a duo of dancing girls present a selection of movie classics from the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s with numbers by icons like Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Julie Andrews. Join us for a spectacular stroll along Hollywood Boulevard … and a wonderful trip down memory lane.

Tickets: £16.50 / £14.50 Conc / £5.50 Students Page 6

Family | Mainhouse Barrowland Ballet


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Sun 18 Feb, 4pm A show for all the family that explores stories that have been told through time, to different generations, keeping us all in place. How dangerous is it to stray from the path and who is it dangerous for? The wolf pack community is set against the dangers of the big bad wolf, in a world of fairy tale imagery that sways between littered and tidied, wild and domestic. With live music by Mairi Campbell.

Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver (any 4 people) WORKSHOP: Sign up for a pre-show workshop at 1.30pm (free, but don’t forget to book).

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Theatre | Mainhouse Eden Court Theatre


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By Ellie Stewart Wed 21 Feb, 7.30pm France, 1560. In the foothills of the Pyrenees, Bertrande tends to her livestock and mothers her young son. Seven years after her husband disappeared, Arnaud walks into her life and they decide to present him to the world as her long-lost husband. But is it possible that he really is her husband? A gripping play, inspired by the true story of Martin Guerre, that explores the mystery of identity and the survival instinct, and asks whether we can ever truly know even those we love the best.

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

Event Cinema | Filmhouse National Theatre Live

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Thu 22 Feb, 7pm

Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends For a full list of event cinema, visit our website: Page 7

February & March Events

Local | Mainhouse Dance Connection


Dance Connection are delighted to be back at Macrobert Arts Centre with a new showcase performed by young people from the local area.

Junior Performances Sat 24 Feb, 10am & 12.30pm Sun 25 Feb, 12.30pm Tickets: £8 / £6 Conc Full Performances Sat 24 Feb, 3pm & 6.30pm Sun 25 Feb, 3pm & 6.30pm Tickets: £12 / £8 Conc

Event Cinema | Filmhouse Royal Opera House Live

THE WINTER’S TALE Wed 28 Feb, 7.15pm Sat 3 Mar, 2pm

Christopher Wheeldon’s acclaimed production of The Winter’s Tale is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, this is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends Page 8

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Theatre | Mainhouse


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Ross MacKay and Freshly Squeezed Productions


A tale of magic, crime and human fragility. It’s Victorian 1900's. A judge has allowed his jury to witness a séance to establish the guilt or innocence of the accused. James MacGregor, a well-known medium, is on trial for the murder of his brother. This séance is the last opportunity for James to prove his innocence. Amidst the candles and velvet, he attempts to connect with the jury and the spirit world. Is James a charlatan, or a man who has found the truth? Written by Suzie Miller, directed by magician and theatremaker Ross MacKay.

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

Theatre | Playhouse Morna Burdon


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BONNIE FECHTERS Thu 1 Mar, 7.30pm

‘Deeply moving… mellow singing…’ **** BROADWAYBABY.COM Songs and stories celebrating women whose courage, love, inventiveness and human spirit have stood up to injustice and oppression over continents and centuries and changed our lives forever. From the Scottish witch-killings to the Vietnam War, from Syrian refugees to the photographer who rode through Mongolia to record other women’s lives, it really is an evening to inspire.

Tickets: £10.50 / £8.50 Conc / £5.50 Students JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Stay after the show to share your own stories of women you admire.

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March Events

Music | Mainhouse Christine Bovill


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Fri 2 Mar, 7.30pm Recommended for age 12+

Christine Bovill is back with a brand new show that celebrates the Golden Age of French Song and transports you to a twilight evening in Paris. Winner of a Spirit of the Fringe Award in 2017, this show has drama, pathos and pizzazz and casts a spotlight on the songs and stories of Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Juliet Greco, Charles Aznavour and many more.

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

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Exhibition | Arthouse Ian Collins


This exhibition is the result of a search for harmony, beauty or monumentality, usually in neglected or marginal places or perhaps in the remains of utilitarian structures. The photographs were taken in Scotland over the last four years and most are a response to weathered or decomposing surfaces as they are illuminated by light of a certain quality at a particular moment; they also attempt to capture the marks or signs we leave in the landscape, especially those that are accidental, ephemeral or transient.


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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Event Cinema | Filmhouse

Local | Mainhouse

Royal Opera House Live

Stirling Scouts and Guides

Tue 6 Mar, 6.45pm Sun 11 Mar, 2pm

Tue 6 to Sat 10 Mar, 7.30pm


This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his opera would achieve: it has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends


Stirling Scouts and Guides return with a new Gang Show for 2018 - sponsored by A.R.D. Consultancy. The show is full of fun, laughter and dance and is guaranteed to have your feet tapping. The young performers present a selection of old and new favourites in a production that is suitable for all the family.

Tue: £7 Wed/Thu: £11 Fri: £12.50 Sat: £13

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March Events

0 – 2 years & their grown-ups

Family | On the Stage Starcatchers


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Sun 11 Mar, 11.30am & 2.30pm A quirky quartet of playful musicians create an enchanting classical music experience for very little ones. Discover two violins, one cello, one raccoon, and the story of a very important tree. The violin was carved from this tree and this tree was conjured by the music of the violin: this is the tree's sonata. The show is created especially for babies, and has a relaxed and comfortable performance style with the chance to stay and play afterwards.

Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver (any 4 people) Page 12

Local | Mainhouse Monument Dance Centre


Fri 16 Mar, 7pm Sat 17 & Sun 18 Mar, 2pm & 7pm Join Stirling’s own Monument Dance Centre for a stylish celebration for their 25th birthday - a production inspired by spectacular movies and musicals. Their Silver Jubilee Show is full of dazzling choreography and features hundreds of gorgeous dancers from Mini-Movers to Older-Groovers, performing a selection of Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Contemporary routines. A wonderful night for all lovers of dance, to mark 25 remarkable years.

Tickets: £13 / £11 Conc

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Local | Mainhouse


Mon 19 & Tue 20 Mar, 7.30pm You are invited to the 15th annual Forth Valley Schools Dance Competition. This longstanding choreography competition is a fantastic opportunity for young people, from across Forth Valley, to showcase and perform their own choreography on the professional stage at Macrobert Arts Centre.

All Tickets: £8

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March & April Events Grid Iron and Stellar Quines

Thu 22 Mar, 7.30pm Fri 23 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Entertainment | Mainhouse


25% OFF Recommended for age 14+

‘Have you ever done a bad thing, like really bad? Yeah. I started Breaking Bad when our Davy was on the night-shift’. Every week more than 2 million women pour into local Bingo halls across the UK, each one hoping that all elusive HOUSE will change their fortunes forever. Daniella’s one of those women. Except she isn’t just hopeful. She’s desperate. She needs Lady Luck to smile down on her tonight. She’s done a bad thing. No, a really bad thing, and if her card doesn't have those winning numbers, she’s going to have to resort to desperate measures to take home that prize money. Featuring barnstorming original numbers, a lot of banter and cheeky humour, join us for an unforgettable night at Bingo! Cast: Darren Brownlie, Jo Freer, Jane McCarry, Louise McCarthy, Barbara Rafferty and Wendy Seager Music: Alan Penman

Tickets: £16.50 / £14.50 Conc / £5.50 Students Page 14

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Event Cinema | Filmhouse

Event Cinema | Filmhouse

National Theatre Live

Royal Opera House Live

Thu 22 Mar, 7pm

Tue 27 Mar, 7.15pm


Ben Wishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Nicholas Hytner directs a new take on the Shakespeare classic, broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends For a full list of event cinema, visit our website:

BERNSTEIN CENTENARY To celebrate the centenary of Bernstein’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of the composer’s music. The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony.

Tickets: £15 / £12.50 Conc & Friends For a full list of event cinema, visit our website:

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March & April Events

Local | Mainhouse

School Holidays

Stirling and Bridge of Allan Operatic Society

All or Nothing and Macrobert Arts Centre

Tue 27 to Fri 30 Mar, 7.30pm Sat 31 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Mon 2 to Fri 6 Apr


Stirling and Bridge of Allan Operatic Society are back at Macrobert Arts Centre with a production of Lionel Bart’s classic musical. With a never-ending list of toetapping songs and the well-known tale of an orphan boy who finds his true home despite the perils of the Victorian world he lives in, this is a real must-see for any musical fans. You can bet we'll give it some ‘Oom-pah-pah’!

Tickets: £17.50 / *£13.50 Conc *Concessions only available for Tue, Wed & Thu performances

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AERIAL DANCE INTENSIVES A week long intensive that introduces children and young people to aerial skills, delivered by Scotland’s acclaimed aerial dance theatre company – All or Nothing. During this exciting intensive, participants get the chance to learn a range of contemporary circus skills, including silks, harness and rope.

P4 - P7 10am to 12.30pm £90 S1 - S6 1.30pm to 5pm £90

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School Holidays Macrobert Arts Centre


In this fun and wide ranging intensive you will explore: - An introduction to drama skills - Using the body as a tool for expression - Vocal skills - Script analysis - Characterisation and development - Rehearsing scenes You will also be introduced to: - Set and costume design - Prop making - Set construction - Stage management - Lighting and sound


10am to 5pm


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Get More…

from this season's Conversation Starter Please join us in this season’s Conversation as we look at ‘How research informs the way we look at our lives through its impact on artists and the Creative Industries.’ This exploration connects a range of the work presented this season and you’re invited to join us at a selection of monthly discussion events. • Costume on Stage and on Screen: an exploration of the influence of history and fantasy. • How Literary Award Winner Alan Bissett got to know ‘Falkirk’s Hardest Woman’. • The Patterns of Life: Biomineralist Maggie Cussack and Artist Rachel Duckhouse share their inspirational journey from understanding Mayan burial finds to opening an Art Exhibition. • How Free Is Our Will?: Questions raised by Milton’s Paradise Lost and how Al Seed and Judith Milligan explored individual choices in life through The Shadow of Heaven. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they’re announced:

Rachel Duckhouse

Exhibition | Arthouse

SEASHELLS BUILD BONE Tue 10 Apr to Sun 6 May

This exhibition began with the story of an ancient Mayan skull that contained false teeth carved from an oyster shell. The shell teeth had been accepted by the jawbone, which had grown new bone, generated by its response to the shell. Artist Rachel Duckhouse worked with biominerals expert Professor Maggie Cusack to explore the structural patterns within oyster shells using electron microscopy. The mysterious patterns that induce human stem cells to produce bone are the inspiration for this exhibition. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

FREE 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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Al Seed and Judith Milligan, in co-production with Feral Arts and Macrobert Arts Centre

THE SHADOW OF HEAVEN Thu 12 & Fri 13 Apr, 7.30pm


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Milton’s epic poem - Paradise Lost - is brought to life in an explosive new production. Share Satan’s journey from the depths of hell on a mission to lead Eve into temptation and explore the riddle of free will in this radical, yet playful show. Inspired by Milton’s own vision for his work as a piece of tragic theatre The Shadow of Heaven is created by performer-director Al Seed and performer Judith Milligan.

Tickets: £10.50 / £8.50 Conc / £5.50 Students JOIN THE CONVERSATION:

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April Events

For age 5+

Family | Playhouse The Letter J


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GRANDAD AND ME Sat 14 Apr, 2pm

‘Wonderful live music and beautifully simple projected animation.’ the herald A living storybook about loss, longing and the treasures of memory and imagination. We meet a young girl who is missing her Grandad – he has gone, even though his favourite job was being her Grandad. Led by found objects and her imagination, she traces his footsteps on a magical adventure through time and space.

Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver (any 4 people) WORKSHOP: Sign up for a pre-show workshop at 11am (free, but don’t forget to book). Page 20

Music | Mainhouse



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Sat 14 Apr, 7.30pm

Born in the USA… and then some! The authentic sound of The Boss and the E Street Band in a gripping and exciting new show from the finest interpreters of their music. Look forward to some of Springsteen’s best loved tracks, live on stage for the first time at Macrobert Arts Centre. 'closest thing to The Boss and The E Street Band in the UK’ Clutha Benefit, Glasgow

Tickets: £14.50 / £12.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

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For ages 2-10

Comedy | Playhouse Watch This Space Productions


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Recommended for age 14+

Jay Lafferty brings her critically acclaimed solo hour to Macrobert Arts Centre - one of the best reviewed comedy shows of the 2017 Fringe. Fed up trying to conform to society’s labels, Jay decided to turn her back on the anxiety of expectation and frolic in the fun of failure. This is a show for anyone who has spent too long worrying about what everyone else thinks! ‘Warm, wise, witty and occasionally waspish’ **** THE SCOTSMAN

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

Family | Mainhouse



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Sat 21 Apr, 3pm Sun 22 Apr, 12noon & 3pm Stone-age singalong silliness with Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo in their most roarsome adventure yet. Packed with favourites like The Bear Came Over The Mountain and Eye, Nose, Cheeky, Cheeky, Chin, as well as brand new songs in this gigantic treat for all the family. Come dressed for the safari - come as a dinosaur, an explorer or a cave person - and get ready to roar and stomp with Funbox!

Tickets: *£13.50 / £48 Family Saver / £11 groups of 10+ *A limited number of £2 babes-in-arms tickets are available for this show, please contact the Box Office.

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April Events

Theatre | Playhouse The Occasion Theatre


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June 1816: the year without a summer. Mary Shelley is 18 and has just lost her premature baby daughter, when she has a ‘waking dream’ and is inspired to write the story that will define her life – Frankenstein. Moving, darkly funny and atmospheric, this show has touches of melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion as it explores the life of Mary Shelley – the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.

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

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Entertainment | Mainhouse



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Fri 27 Apr, 7.30pm

Recommended for age 16+

After eight years on BBC's River City, Gary's left his role as hairdresser Robbie behind. Is he destined to be an international showgirl following in the footsteps of Kylie? Or will he be flogging yoghurt Martine McCutcheon style? Join him for a down and dirty hour of soapy comedy and music. ‘Buckets of charm and hilarity; Gary's a joyous revelation’ GRAHAM NORTON

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

Coming Soon

Comedy | Mainhouse Phil McIntyre Entertainments Ltd


Entertainment | Mainhouse



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Wed 1 & Thu 2 Aug, 7.30pm

Recommended for age 16+

‘I originally intended to call the show, ‘I’ll Millennial You in a Minute’, but my promoter said the title was ‘off-puttingly baffling’. That’s my own chainsaw in the photo, by the way.’ Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself.

All Tickets: £24.50

Uncork the champagne! Dress to kill! Party like there's no tomorrow! The Lady Boys of Bangkok are celebrating 20 diamante decorated years with a brand new tour - Wonder Women. Some of your Lady Boys favourites from the last 20 years re-imagined, alongside new scenes, spectacular costumes and choreography, with a big dose of comedy! Look out for numbers that celebrate iconic women like Cher, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Diana Ross, Pink, Wonder Woman herself and even ‘the practically perfect in every way’ Mary Poppins!

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Sleepin’ Cutie

Christmas Panto Extravaganza Written by Johnny McKnight Directed by Julie Ellen

Wed 21 Nov – Mon 31 Dec 2018 Tickets from £9.50

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Group Booking 15 Jan • Friends Priority Booking 29 Jan • Public Booking 5 Feb

Visible Fictions and Aberdeen Performing Arts

Tue 27 Nov to Mon 24 Dec 2018

Tickets: £9.50 / £34 Wee Group Saver / £8 Groups of 10 or more

For age 5 and under

by Simon Puttock BOOK TICKETS:

Group Booking 15 Jan • Friends Priority Booking 29 Jan • Public Booking 5 Feb

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Get Involved: Children and Young People

Macrobert Youth Theatre (MYT): Saturdays, 20 Jan to 31 Mar

Come along to our MYT classes and explore your creativity and imagination! Develop your drama and communication skills, build your confidence, learn new techniques and make new friends in a creative, dynamic environment: MYT1 P1 - 3 Sat, 10.30am - 11.30am £55 MYT2 P4 - 6 Sat, 11.45am - 1.15pm £75 MYT3 P7 - S2 Sat, 1.45pm - 3.15pm £75 MYT4 S3+ Sat, 3.30pm - 5.30pm £85 'This is a place where I can express emotion and happiness as well as having so much fun acting''. MYT PARTICIPANT

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Leaps & Beats: Wednesdays, 17 Jan to 28 Mar

Covering contemporary and creative movement to commercial and street, these classes explore a range of dance styles, you’ll improve your choreography skills and develop fab new routines. P4 - P7

5pm to 6pm


Film Crew: Thursdays, 18 Jan to 29 Mar

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 by watching, analysing and making different styles and genres of film. S1+

5.30pm to 7.30pm


New for 2018 Graphic Art Sessions: Thursdays, 18 Jan to 29 Mar

Come and explore all types of graphic art including drawing, illustration, comic-book art, print making, stencils and graffiti art in these fun, varied sessions delivered by a professional artist. P7 - S3 5.30pm to 7.30pm £100 Page 27

Get Involved: Adults

NEW FOR 2018 Monthly Community Dance Drop-In: 14 Jan, 11 Feb, 11 Mar & 8 Apr

A drop-in class for those interested in developing their dance skills, these sessions will offer participants the opportunity to improve their technique, stamina and performance skills 18+

10.30am to 12.30pm

£10 / session (pay as you go)

Adult Dance: Mondays, 15 Jan to 26 Mar

For anyone with an interest in contemporary dance, come along and develop your skills, exploring movement, ideas and techniques. 18+ 6.30pm to 8pm £75

Keep Dancing: Thursdays, 18 Jan to 29 Mar

A lively drop-in class where you can explore and develop ideas and work together to create original pieces, encouraging physical and mental flexibility and agility. 60+

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10.30am to 11.30am

£5 / session (pay as you go)

MAC Drama: Fridays 19 Jan to 30 Mar

This group focuses on drama games as well as individual and group activities. Suitable for adults who wish to enjoy drama whilst being supported by carers / family members who are also encouraged to get involved. 18+

1.30pm to 3pm

ÂŁ6 / session (pay as you go)

Dementia Friendly Live Events:

27 Feb, 27 Mar, 24 Apr & 29 May, 2pm

With live entertainment and refreshments, these popular events run once a month. They offer an engaging programme of dance, music, song and storytelling and there are always tea, coffee and biscuits on offer too. ÂŁ5 / event Assisting Companion or family member free of charge.

We also run relaxed screenings in the Filmhouse every second Wednesday morning, check out our website for more info:

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Professional Training

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, in partnership with Macrobert Arts Centre


Scotland’s first National Convention of Youth Drama will be an inspiring and inclusive two-day event for everyone who uses drama and theatre in their work with young people. Lots of workshops, speakers and masterclasses exploring the role that drama and theatre plays in enriching young lives, focusing on: - Artistic practice in youth theatre - Drama and theatre in formal education - Youth work and theatre in community settings - Pathways from school to working in the arts YTAS Members: from £75 Non-members: from £95 Under 25s: from £60 Find out more and book a place: (booking opens 22 Jan) Page 30

Thank you for 2017 On behalf of all the families and children who benefitted from YOUR generous donations, we would like to say a very big thank you! Your support allowed us to give away nearly 1,000 tickets to this year’s panto through our Christmas Appeal. We partnered with local charities to make sure your support really does reach those who need a little bit of festive fun and cheer. Our Film Tour went on the road to Strathcarron Hospice, Forth Valley Children’s Ward, and Maggie’s Forth Valley; with support from local businesses. You made all this possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!


The Christmas Appeal is just part of our giving programme, and we would welcome support for other projects, all of which support your local community. Would you consider making a second gift, or a regular gift to support our work in the community? Could you share the news with friends, or local businesses? We have a large programme of outreach work and we would love to have an equally large bursary fund so that we could ensure that money is not a barrier to being involved. Play your part by phoning either Khlayre or Helen on 01786 466 668, and have a conversation about being a community champion.

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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 preevent tour, please get in touch: Page 32


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.

New Facility

We recently installed a Changing Places Toilet in our venue – look out for it on the official CPT register very soon:

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 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 and cannot be held liable for travel, accommodation or subsistence costs. Page 33

Book Tickets: 01786 466 666 January Sat 20 Jan Fri 26 Jan (to Wed 28 Feb) Fri 26 & Sat 27 Jan

For the Love of Eilidh: Charity Concert Elizabethan Costumes Ballet West: Giselle

7pm Venue opening hours 7.30pm / 2.30pm & 7.30pm

ROH Live: Tosca Little Red Riding Hood Ae Fond Kiss RSC Live: Twelfth Night Romantic Classics More Moira Monologues Craig Hill Songs of the Silver Screen Wolves The Return NT Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Dance Connection: Icon ROH Live: The Winter’s Tale Velvet Evening Séance

7.15pm 3pm 7.30pm 7pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 4pm 7.30pm 7pm Various 7.15pm 7.30pm

February Wed 7 Feb Sat 10 Feb Sat 10 Feb Wed 14 Feb Wed 14 Feb Thu 15 Feb Fri 16 Feb Sat 17 Feb Sun 18 Feb Wed 21 Feb Thu 22 Feb Sat 24 & Sun 25 Feb Wed 28 Feb Wed 28 Feb

March Thu 1 Mar Fri 2 Mar Sat 3 Mar Tue 6 Mar (to Mon 2 Apr) Tue 6 Mar Tue 6 to Sat 10 Mar Sun 11 Mar Sun 11 Mar Fri 16 to Sun 18 Mar Mon 19 & Tue 20 Mar Thu 22 & Fri 23 Mar Thu 22 Mar Tue 27 Mar Tue 27 to Sat 31 Mar

Bonnie Fechters Paris ROH Live: The Winter’s Tale Transient Beauty ROH Live: Carmen Stirling Gang Show 2018 Hup ROH Live: Carmen Monument Dance Centre Forth Valley Schools Dance Comp. Bingo! NT Live: Julius Caesar ROH Live: Bernstein Centenary SABOS: Oliver!

7.30pm 7.30pm 2pm Venue Opening Hours 6.45pm Various 11.30am & 2.30pm 2pm Various Various 7.30pm / 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7pm 7.15pm Various

Seashells Build Bone The Shadow of Heaven Grandad and Me The Springsteen Sessions Jay Lafferty: Besom Funbox: Dinosaur Adventure The Monster and Mary Shelley Gary Lamont: Dropping the Soap

Venue Opening Hours 7.30pm 2pm 7.30pm 8pm 3pm / 12noon & 3pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

April Tue 10 Apr (to Sun 6 May) Thu 12 & Fri 13 Apr Sat 14 Apr Sat 14 Apr Thu 19 Apr Sat 21 & Sun 22 Apr Thu 26 Apr Fri 27 Apr

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

Macrobert Live Guide, Jan to Apr 2018  
Macrobert Live Guide, Jan to Apr 2018  

A full list of live events and opportunities to get involved at Macrobert Arts Centre from Jan to Apr in 2018.