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Centrestage Music Theatre

Centrestage was established in 2005 by Fiona McKenzie and Paul Mathieson, with the aim of allowing anyone in the local community and beyond the opportunity to participate in theatre related activities and projects that can make a real difference to individuals and the community as a whole.

Leadership through the Arts is at the core of all activities at Centrestage, regardless of the age, background or ability of the class member and over 800 members of the community aged from 6 months to 80+ years attend mainstream and outreach activities every week.

Centrestage develops programmes, partnerships and collaborations that will have a positive impact on the lives of members of its community. Centrestage wants to be seen as a place where leadership, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities are available. By consistently listening and providing relevant resources, it aims to build strong trust and relationships and to identify what members need in order to continue to learn and grow.

It believes that by focusing on the strengths of its leaders and volunteers it creates an environment that allows everyone to believe in and attain their own potential.
Centrestage`s goal, despite the high standard of work achieved by participants, is not to promise anyone a career in the arts industry. Instead, it aims to give members an experience of what they can create and a sense of their own value. The ultimate goal is to offer them a new possibility for their own lives and for the influence they can have on others.

Nothing guarantees that a young person will see new possibilities but it aims to create the conditions where that choice is more likely and that they see themselves first as having value within our community then as part of wider society.

The company has continued to evolve and develop and Centrestage is now a social enterprise with charitable status. Centrestage has never received core funding to cover its running costs. It relies on the loyalty of members and audiences for income – the vast majority coming from these sources. As Centrestage grows and develops, it hopes that additional project funding from trusts, foundations and individuals will help expand its provision over time.

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11-13 James Little St
East Ayrshire



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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210