Entries by Maggie Mackay

Eastgate Hosts National Artists’ Residency

The Eastgate Theatre is the host venue for this year’s Rough Mix creative lab – a two-week practical opportunity for established and emerging artists to explore new ideas and ways of working.

Developed by Edinburgh-based theatre company Magnetic North, this is the first time that the annual residency has come to the south of Scotland. The residency encourages boldness and innovation in the work of participants, providing an opportunity for creative interaction between artists from different disciplines.

The Crackling Tale of an Electronica Pioneer

The fascinating story of Daphne Oram, the young woman who co-founded the world famous BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and in doing so cut a trailblazing path through uncharted musical territory, comes to the Eastgate stage on 31 May.

This dazzling Danish folk/roots foursome tell stories about loves won and lost with an intoxicating mix of high-speed reels and sweet, melancholy tunes full of texture and layers. Although in truth, a lot of their songs are also about sex.

Peebles on a Postcard

The Big, Big Peebles Draw 2017 is a new and exciting innovation for this year’s Creative Peebles Festival.

Gutterbluids and Stooriefits of all ages are invited to draw indoors and outside, at home, on the bus, in their place of work with pencils, pens, sticks, fingers, crayons, inks, wherever and with whatever they choose. The challenge is just to draw whatever it is that inspires you about Peebles.

Eastgate Café is Dementia-Friendly – It’s Official

Food Buddies (Scottish Borders) and local catering social enterprise the Food Foundation used this month’s third lunchtime Bite Sized Entertainment as the event to announce that the Eastgate Theatre café is the first in the Scottish Borders to be awarded the official designation of dementia-friendly.

Eastgate Welcomes All for Engage Open Day Sat 8 April

The Eastgate Theatre is offering free fun for the whole family on Saturday (8 April) when it throws open its doors for a special Engage Open Day – a chance to sample different arts activities, with exciting taster sessions in music, drama, dance and crafts.

A Farmer’s Tender Tale of Love and Loss

The foot and mouth epidemic that ripped through farms up and down the land in 2001 serves as the devastating background to a critically acclaimed play touring rural Scottish venues in April.

Penned by exciting young writer Bea Roberts, And Then Come the Nightjars is performed at the Eastgate Theatre on 12 April. Set in South Devon just as Foot and Mouth takes hold, the play follows Jeff, a dairy vet with a problem and Michael, a cattle farmer, who is a problem.

Bite Sized is Back

The Eastgate Theatre’s popular series of Bite-Sized Entertainment events makes a welcome return every Wednesday lunchtime in April.

Take the Time, Take a Chance, Take Part

With a packed programme of live events, screenings and films Peebles Eastgate theatre welcomes audiences of around seven thousand in an average season. But watching and listening are not the only things people can do in the busy venue.