by Ken MacDougall
Since I started working in theatre, more than 20 years ago, I have witnessed a lot of theatres close. When I became the Artistic Director of the Stirling Festival Theatre, I wanted to do everything in my power to make sure that didn’t happen in Stirling.
The Stirling Festival Theatre doesn’t belong to me. It doesn’t belong to the staff or the Board of Directors. It belongs to you, the audience.
Moving forward, Stirling Festival Theatre will be about three words:
Laugh. Listen. Local.
We here at the Stirling Festival Theatre know how to make people laugh. The annual musical theatre Panto has been doing that for 23 years. It is truly a show for the young and old. By my estimation, we have done more than three dozen dinner theatres in the upper Eugene Burrell Hall, since 2003. They are always a good time. Stand Up, Stirling has brought standup comedy to the Stirling Festival Theatre. We are now in our third year and have developed quite a following. We look forward to hearing laughter for many years to come.
2018 saw a return to concerts and music at the Stirling Festival Theatre. The Legends Show was near capacity and the audience told us they were happy to hear music in the theatre again. All of our concerts are selling well. The 2019 season once again kicked off with the Celtic Kitchen Party and we haven’t looked back. We know you love music and tribute acts. There’s lots more to come throughout 2019.
Local talent, local entertainment and local stories are important to us at the Stirling Festival Theatre. Stirling and the surrounding area is a hotbed of local musicians and artists. This was clearly on display during the Front Porch Shenanigans. Last year, SFT hosted a Shenanigans’ Showcase offered on the Sunday, free of charge to all. I was blown away by the talent so much that we are doing it again this year. Whenever possible, I will have the theatre be a platform for local artists, local musicians and telling local stories.
When you come to the Stirling Festival Theatre, what do you want?
Laugh? Listen? Local?