A celebration of theatre, music and literature is coming to macrobert in Stirling.
THAT Festival is a weekend long event combining performance, film, interactive exhibits, gigs and interventions for young people and students.
The festival kicks off on Friday, October 5 with two chances to catch macrobert’s acclaimed production of ‘Titus’, Oliver Emanuel’s adaptation of Jan Sobrie’s play for young audiences- before it embarks on a world tour.
On Saturday, macrobert gets a makeover courtesy of Mark Cousins’ proposal for a daring music-film-art party that will take visitors to another planet. A number of artists from Scotland and the UK – including director Mark Storor, designer and performer Shona Reppe, Glasgow’s new Buzzcut collective and Stirling’s maker Anita Govan - have lent their vision to ‘Ecstasis’ - a free day of live art installations and short films.
Other highlights of the weekend include a gig from We Were Promised Jetpacks, a performance of ‘See Thru Sam’, a heartbreaking comedy about being a total loser, written and directed by Johnny McKnight and reading by the Man Booker Prize-nominated author of ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’, Mohsin Hamid.
Director of creative development at macrobert, Alice McGrath, said: “Our low tickets prices will allow audiences to pick and choose from a selection of thought-provoking theatre, film, music and book events.
“In addition our ecstasis project promises an imaginative makeover of macrobert’s spaces coupled with unique performance moments – but it only lasts for one tantalising day. With some of the UK’s most imaginative artists working with us on it, it’s an event not to be missed.
“It makes sense for macrobert to run a festival geared at young people – given its strong history in this area and its location within the university, which houses thousands of students. It’s an exciting time for young people and creativity in Stirling – with the launch of the new creative industries facilities at the Forth Valley College Stirling campus and the development of Creative Stirling. We are really looking forward to THAT Festival being a celebration of all things creative in the area.”
For full listings of THAT Festival, visit www.macrobert.org/thatfest and to book tickets call 01786 466666.