11th June 2020
After careful consideration and in light of the ongoing restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 lockdown, we have decided to delay this year’s panto, Maw Goose, until 2021. Each year more than 26,000 local supporters come together for all the joy of laughing, singing and groaning at the gags together – some even get a very special ‘Hello!’ from our Dame. Although the Scottish Government is slowly releasing lockdown measures they cannot yet be sure to provide the fantastic experience audiences expect from a Macrobert Panto, whilst staying socially distant. We want to make the best decision for everyone involved.
Julie Ellen (Macrobert’s Artistic Director) said:
‘We have been exploring all the options around our annual panto and this has been a hugely difficult decision to make. We are looking forward to seeing Maw Goose ‘strut her stuff’ in 2021. Good Panto takes time and planning, it is a year-round commitment for all of us – Macrobert staff, the creative team, the cast and the members of our young cast – and at this stage we just can’t balance delivering a fantastic panto experience for our audience with making sure we keep everyone safe, both of which are key priorities for us all.’
The annual panto is our biggest annual investment in terms of both time and money and like creative organisations across the UK we have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown. Our priority is being here for everyone in the future as a key part of the cultural community in Stirling, Forth Valley and further afield, delaying Maw Goose will not only help with those plans, but ensure audiences get the all-singing, all-dancing panto extravaganza promised by a Macrobert Panto.
‘It’s a difficult time for the arts community as a whole, but without welcoming our audiences into the building for the full range of creative experiences we offer, it is a big challenge for us financially. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our audiences, partners and other supporters, on so many levels, but we need to make plans to help ensure Macrobert’s future and we look forward to sharing Maw Goose with everyone next year when we can properly do it justice.‘
We will be contacting all customers who have booked tickets for Maw Goose as soon as we can, and hope that everyone will be able to join us 2021. However other options will be available - account credit, a refund or a donation back to the Arts Centre. Thanks for your ongoing support and patience as we deal with lots of customer queries during this time.