Making Memories: Our Theatres & Programming

Our theatre venues enjoyed another busy year in 2017-18, with Adam Smith Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Lochgelly Centre and Rothes Halls each servicing their communities with a unique programme that catered to Fifers and tourists of all generations. From comedy and theatre to music and dance, our audiences saw some of the finest local, national and international entertainment onstage and on screen.

Singing our
hearts out

Singing our
hearts out

Over 21,000 patrons enjoyed a night at one of our outstanding music events. Scotland’s national treasure Lulu returned to the Rothes Halls in November, celebrating 55 years in the business. Guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner, Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross, the RSNO, jazz sensation Yolanda Brown, homegrown hit-maker Dougie Mclean and American pop monolith Jimmy Osmond were just a few of the musical talents to grace our stages in 2017/18. We also presented a wide range of accessible tribute nights with music that charted from the 1940s to the present day.

Adam Smith
Festival of Ideas

Adam Smith
Festival of Ideas

1,277 attendees took part in March’s 2018 edition of the Adam Smith Festival of Ideas, which was programmed by Adam Smith Global Foundation and hosted by the Trust as key partner. Star of TV and film David Tennant graced the stage for a sold out ‘Audience With’ event at Adam Smith Theatre.

Audience Engagement

Audience Engagement

Our reputation continued to grow with audiences of over 116,000 attending 720 live performances. During 17/18 we sent more than 10,000 ‘How Was it for You?’ questionnaire emails to bookers after the events at each of our theatres. We were really pleased to get such a great 21% response rate from our customers (21%) – and delighted to receive an overall annual rating 4.6 stars out of 5 stars. More importantly we are really able to continue to develop our programme and services by really listening to the detailed customer feedback.

Carnegie Hall 80th

Carnegie Hall 80th

Carnegie Hall celebrated its 80th anniversary on Friday, 6th October and we saw in the occasion with two weeks of family based entertainment – a great deal of it for free. Read all about it here in The Courier. The stars came out in force to lend support to the local institution, with our Provost, Cllr Jim Leishman, The Proclaimers, KT Tunstall, Nazareth, The Searchers and Curtis Stigers sending in video messages of support ahead of the anniversary. You can view them all on Twitter.

Behind
the Curtain

Behind
the Curtain

In theatre, The Steamie visited the Adam Smith Theatre as it celebrated its 30th Anniversary tour playing to 2,214 people during a five show run.

Rapture Theatre brought us Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, Talking Scarlet brought Strictly Murder and an excellent performance of A Street Car Named Desire, playing to 3967 people.

Almost 1000 people attended our NT Live programme watching amazing drama such as Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern and Julius Caesar.

Tae Sup
Wi a Fifer

Tae Sup
Wi a Fifer

The Adam Smith Theatre hosted Tae Sup Wi a Fifer which saw an audience of 739. The eclectic live music showcase curated by Fife-based singer-songwriter James Yorkston, with funding from Creative Scotland, attracts national and international musicians such as Linton Kwesi Johnson and Kathryn Joseph. Stars who performed during 2017/18 included Radiohead’s Philip Selway and Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison thrilled packed rooms on their respective solo debuts in the Kingdom. Following the tragic news of his death Scott Hutchison’s talent will be much missed.

That’s Fife

That’s Fife

Comedy also had a strong following throughout the year. That’s Fife Comedy Festival in April – which brought the likes of Elaine C Smith, Chris Ramsey Russell Kane, Grant Stott and some 2,300 revellers to our venues.

We brought back our comedy club programme for some great nights of laid back humour and the opportunities to see the big stars of the future in our café bars.

Milton Jones had a full house rolling in the aisles with his brand of ‘Out There’ comedy at the Adam Smith Theatre. Other established favourites such as Craig Hill, Daniel Sloss, and Jimeon also all made successful returns.

Pantomime
Time

Pantomime
Time

1 7,293 patrons attended our traditional annual pantomime at Adam Smith Theatre. Produced in conjunction with Imagine Theatre, Aladdin wowed with its high end production, comedic performances and unforgettable musical numbers.

A Tiny Little
Christmas

A Tiny Little
Christmas

A Tiny Little Christmas at Carnegie Hall is our new Christmas Festival offering for babies and children up to 8 years old. Its 2017 debut offered 1,606 attendees three original interactive drama productions: Shh the Elves are Shy (Ipdip), Little Ulla (Grinagog) and The Attic (Starcatchers) alongside workshop activities and a traditional family film programme designed to get everyone in the festive spirit.

Film T2

Film T2

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