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Celebrate World Theatre Day!

Fri 27 March 2020

To commemorate World Theatre Day, we’re delighted to reveal MAC's 2020 Christmas show, One Snowy Night, based on the classic children’s books by Nick Butterworth.

We've taken a dive behind-the-scenes and found some fun activities so you can celebrate alongside us at home.

An Interview with Nick Tigg, Co-Artistic Director of Slot Machine Theatre

We interviewed Creative Directors of Slot Machine Theatre, about how they turned the heart-warming story into a stage production featuring songs to sing along to, furry puppet friends for audiences to meet, lots of laughs, and blankets to be tucked up in. 

Check out the video interview below...

Casting Revealed for Percy the Park Keeper!

Jake Oldershaw will bring the character of Percy to life on stage this festive season at MAC. Jake has made Birmingham home since his first job in theatre, performing with local heroes, Stan’s Cafe, in 1997. He’s passionate about the wonderful things the city has to offer - great culture, great food, a warm welcome and last but not least all of the great parks! 

"I love biking with my family,” he says, "So many of the bike routes go straight through green spaces, they really are the lungs of the city. It’s no surprise that families love coming to MAC. It’s situated in one of the best parks around, and the family arts programme always delivers."

Since 1997, Jake has performed nationally and internationally with a host of companies from the Midlands and further afield. In recent years, his own company ‘Untied Artists’ have made acclaimed interactive theatre for children and families. 

"Children make the best audiences." he adds, "They’re always very intuitive and ready to immerse themselves in the story. I’m really looking forward to playing Percy this Christmas. He’s a character that loves singing, nature, and of course animals - and so do I! It’ll hardly feel like acting at all!"

Fun Percy the Park Keeper Activities

We've found some fun filled activities to entertain creative minds. From Treasure Hunts to colour-your-own masks, these free resources will keep everyone busy.

Download them here.

At MAC, we believe that arts and culture should be accessible to everyone. Despite having to temporarily close our doors, we still firmly uphold this belief.

We’re currently exploring new ways of bringing the best in arts and culture to you while you're at home, and finding digital spaces for you to connect, collaborate and create during these uncertain times. 

Check out our website or follow our social media to keep your mind and spirits stimulated over the coming weeks…

Happy #WorldTheatreDay to the amazing venues and theatres we share our city with, and the arts centres across the country bringing stories to life on stage. #StayConnected #KeepCreating