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Scottish Ballet’s Friends have exclusive access behind-the-scenes: experiencing costumes up close, watching rehearsals, and meeting our dancers and staff.

Here are some of our previous Friends events:

At home with Scottish Ballet

Thursday 28 May 2020

In May, during the first phase of lockdown, we hosted our first ever digital Friends event.

Supporters from all over the country logged on for a webinar with SB Principal Bethany Kingsley-Garner to hear about her working-from-home regime. 

Discover Beth's home studio, with a barre fashioned from her dining room chair placed upon a yoga mat, plus gain insights into how her working life has changed. 

50th Anniversary Alumni Event

In September 2019, we were delighted to be joined by our Alumni at Theatre Royal Glasgow to toast our 50th anniversary and to reflect on the last five decades of Scottish Ballet.

You can find pictures from this wonderful event here

How Scottish Ballet stays Strong

Thursday 19 September 2019

Principal Friends and Director’s Circle patrons joined Physiotherapist Martin Lanfear in the treatment room and gym, giving guests an exclusive insight into how Scottish Ballet dancers stay strong and supple, and how elite dance physiotherapy differs from sports physiotherapy. Martin talked to guests, about how technology tracks dancers’ fitness, progress and can even predict an injury. Soloist Aisling Brangan demonstrated her gym programme and surprised guests with how much she can lift (40kg!).

The Crucible Creations – From Cloth to Coat

Thursday 12 September 2019

Friends of Scottish Ballet joined Senior Wardrobe Technician, Ciara Nolan, in our coveted costume store to hear all about the couture costume-making process for The Crucible and gave us an up-close look at the designs. Principal dancer Constance Devernay who played the role of Abigail took time out of rehearsal to talk to guests about quick changes during the ballet. Guests also got a glimpse in to final rehearsals before the autumn season tour and joined Scottish Ballet staff and dancers for refreshments.

Scottish Ballet at the movies

Thursday 5 June 2019

As we look towards the next 50 years, we also reflect on our past, and the performances and people that shaped Scottish Ballet.

We are curating an archive and digitising almost 50,000 minutes of footage from performances and rehearsal from the original film. We hosted an event at the Moving Image Archive at Kelvin Hall for 90 patrons and Friends to fondly reflect on our most iconic and historically significant work, most of which had not been seen for 40 years including Cheri and Giselle.

Scottish Ballet’s digital archive can be accessed at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow between 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday.