Social Enterprise Spotlight - Take a Bow Musical Theatre CIC

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By Social Enterprise Scotland

Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Martyn Hay and Take A Bow Musical Theatre CIC - a Musical Theatre and Dance Company based in Kilmarnock. Get in touch with Martyn at - check out Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook too. Read and share their Q&A interview below!

Every few weeks we focus on a randomly selected social enterprise member for intense marketing support and promotion. Take A Bow Musical Theatre CIC will feature in all e-bulletins, on our website homepage and on all our social media, alongside other support, reaching thousands of people across Scotland and beyond. Want to star in the Spotlight? Email

What’s your social and/or environmental mission? Take A Bow Musical Theatre CIC endorse creativity, fun learning and confidence building and produce continual shows throughout the year. We offer low cost activities which are affordable to the whole community, while working with the local community to attend/provide workshops and specialist tasks at local events.

How do you do it? (Client group, practical daily work, customers) We have 130 members aged 2-16 who take part in weekly musical theatre and dance classes. These classes are held in centres within specific communities and are accessible for all. We are lucky to have a dedicated team of volunteers who work with our directors and staff to ensure we have a well-oiled machine.

What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur? Within our area there was a lack of low cost activities for children to attend. We started off running one class per week and that quickly turned into 7. Musical Theatre is our passion and seeing the children’s faces and confidence during our final productions is what brings our motivation.

What are your current projects? We are currently working on 3 full scale productions – Sister Act the Musical which takes place on Saturday 24th March in the Palace Theatre Kilmarnock as well as our primary classes “Hairspray Jr” and “My Son Pinocchio Jr” which will take place in June.

What exciting things do you have coming up? There’s never a dull moment within Take A Bow and we are always looking onto what happens next. In the pipeline we are arranging and Ayrshire version of “The Voice” as well as our intensive week summer workshop and then all the fun begins again in August when we start working on three brand new productions.

Who do you want to work with more? We are always looking to do more work with our local community and work collaboratively with other local groups, the local authority and other local businesses. Each year the number of children attending increases and that in itself brings lots more opportunities.
What's your biggest challenge? At the moment, we are currently going through a community asset transfer process, which we are competing with two other groups. As the centre in questions is where we currently house our classes as well as our storage units, this could cause problems if we are not the successful group.

What top tips would you give to other social enterprises? I would say believe in what you are offering and speak to everyone possible about the work that you do. Never miss an opportunity to be part of local events. We have been running nearly 6 years and still people on our doorstep don’t know who we are.

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