Raenbow Productions was set up in 1999 by Anne Rae who had the vision of creating a theatre school for children that would build children's confidence and engage them in the world of theatre in a safe and inspiring environment. Raenbow quickly gained an enviable reputation as one of Scotland premier community based children's theatre school, helping to nurture children's interest and passion for theatre. Raenbow has seen over 1000 students graduate from the theatre school and have over 200 students in weekly classes.

Raenbow expanded in 2001  to incorporate a department that has been commissioned by local councils and schools around Scotland to write and deliver touring productions that cover a number of relevant topics: Healthy eating, dangers of smoking and promoting exercise, to name but a few. Raenbow can write bespoke productions covering any topic and can provide educational workshops that run along side the production. Raenbow's Theatre in Education department is at the forefront of Theatre in Education in Scotland and is highly regarded among educational professionals in the UK.

The Raenbow Team

Anne Rae - Artistic Director

In 1999 Anne set up Raenbow Productions Theatre School bringing her unique drama workshops to students.  By 2001 she added Theatre in Education to her resume to promote, manage and direct educational shows for schools.  These bespoke productions have been performed in schools across Scotland. An accomplished actress, Anne began teaching in 1991 in the West End of Glasgow.  She then turned her hand to stage management, producing and directing.  As a performer, Anne has spent time on the cabaret circuit and had a spell as a stand up comic. She has also worked in film, television and radio.
A co-founder of 'Wee Slice Theatre Company', she produced, directed and acted in their productions.  Notable parts
included Mel in the highly acclaimed ‘Shakers Re-Stirred’ by John Godber, Claire in Neil Simon’s ‘Rumours’ and Carolanne in ‘Refuge’ the powerful play by Janet Paisley, all playing to capacity audiences. More recently, she Produced and Directed ‘Acorn Antiques – The Musical’ to critical acclaim. Anne is dedicated to motivating and inspiring the students of Raenbow, introducing them to the different genres of theatre.  She loves giving each student the opportunity to perform and grow in confidence.

Margot Traynor - Artistic and Musical Director


Margot has a wealth of experience both on and off stage. She has worked professionally as a director on a range of musical productions. She made her leading lady debut on the Kings Theatre stage at 18yrs playing the title role in the musical Irene. Many more leading lady roles followed most notably in Mack & Mabel, the highly acclaimed Hello Dolly and Chicago, where her performance as Roxie Hart won her a Best Actress award. A big fan of Julie Walters she was thrilled to play one of her best loved characters 'Mrs Overall' in Acorn Antiques The Musical. Joining Raenbow Productions in 2003, Margot co-writes and directs the company's Theatre in Education, touring shows. A talented vocalist, Margot runs Raenbow's vocal performance workshops as well as leading classes and writing for the yearly drama show. A graduate in design from Glasgow School of Art she runs MT Designs which specialises in original art works in watercolour and oil. Margot has designed and painted sets for a whole range of productions throughout the West of Scotland, and is the creative force behind all Raenbow Productions' sets.


Amanda Miller - Workshop Leader

Amanda is an accomplished actor and singer and has worked in this field professionally.   She was previously employed by Raenbow as part of our Theatre In Education team.   Amanda has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of theatre both on stage and behind the scenes.  Favourite shows performing in are A Chorus Line, Calendar Girls and Acorn Antiques ‘The Musical’.   Amanda also directs shows with the Kilmacolm Players.  She has been a long term friend of Raenbow and we were delighted to welcome her on board as a Workshop Leader. 



Ruth Andersen - Workshop Leader

Ruth has been with Raenbow Productions since the conception of the company in 1999 .A dancer from the age of 5, Ruth has appeared in both professional and amateur productions, with favourite roles including Connie in 'A Chorus Line', Martha in 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' and Anybody's in 'West Side Story'. Ruth enjoys working with our younger students and is well placed for these challenges as she is a trained Nursery Teacher. Her most challenging role was when she choreographed The British Amateur Production of Bugsy Malone.

 



Joanne McMinn - Workshop Leader

Joanne started at Raenbow when she was 5 years old and spent 13 years as a student playing a variety of roles in our yearly productions and also a featured soloist in our many concerts.  She is also, a recipient of both our Star and Crystal Awards.  Joanne also performs regularly with Runway Theatre Company and her favourite roles have been in Pantomime as the Princess in Aladdin, Jill in Mother Goose, and the title roles in both Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.  She has just played the role of Frenchy in the hit musical Grease at the Pavilion Theatre.  Joanne is now at college studying Musical Theatre.   She loves the classes and is very popular with all our students particularly Class One who she also performs on stage with every year. 



Katie Hart - Workshop Leader


Katie was originally a student at Raenbow, spending 13 years with us from the age of 5 to 18, so is very familiar with our format.  She is a recipient of both our Star and Crystal Awards.  At the tender age of 9 she had the pleasure of performing in ‘Annie’ at the Kings Theatre and again at the age of 19!! (Wish we’d seen that production!?)  Katie is now at Glasgow University studying Theatre Studies and is excelling at this.  She is also a member of the Cecilian Society, performing in Guys and Dolls, Jekyll & Hyde, Zombie Prom and Titanic (which she also took on the role of Assistant Director).  Katie has since been elected President of the Cecilian Society.  She has proven to be an asset to the classes and is very popular with the students.

Deborah Bennett - Workshop Leader


Deborah is a former student of Raenbow and enjoyed the experience so much that when turning 18yrs she came on
board as a Class Assistant with our younger students.  Years later and she is thriving and enjoying every moment.  Deborah also performs each year with our younger students in our end of year shows.  Always happy to adorn our variety of unusual costumes to the delight of her students.  Her day job is in retail, but her heart lies in Raenbow.  Deborah is full of life and fun and is therefore particularly popular with the younger students and we are delighted to have her on the team. 

Mark McMinn – Workshop Leader

Mark is a former student of Raenbow Productions and a recipient of both our Star and Crystal awards. When leaving Raenbow he went on to study Acting and Performance and has been working as a professional actor since. He has toured extensively, ranging from Shakespearein the park to Pantomime to school tours. Mark specialises in characterisation and voicecontrol and loves working with all age groups. During his summer break you can find him
performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 


The Pink Ladies

The Pink Ladies are a dedicated team of volunteers who help out at our yearly shows.  They are parents of either existing students or former students and are now very much part of the Raenbow family. Without their dedication and hard work the yearly shows would not be the huge success that they are.




The Stage Crew


The Stage Crew are an integral part of our shows.  Friends of Raenbow and former students that have qualified as technicians, lighting and sound engineers.  Or just enthusiastic former students that enjoy being part of the Raenbow team.




Music and Lyrics for T.I.E


Joe McMinn - Lyricist

Joe has been involved in music all of his adult life. He fronted several successful bands in Northern Ireland in the 70s and 80s including 'SPICE', 'FRESH' and the popular dance band 'HARRIET'. As lead vocalist in the bands he also took a keen interest in penning lyrics forsome new songs. After arriving in Scotland in the mid 80s Joe took a rest from the music scene but started writing again a few years ago after being commissioned to write some original songs for Wee Slice Theatre Company. He was then asked to write the lyrics for Aspirations, an original children's piece which was staged in 2005. Joe has written the lyrics for all recent Theatre in Education shows and additional lyrics for the yearly drama shows.



Alan McHugh - Composer

Alan is principally an actor who trained at RSAMD, graduating in 1991. Since then he has worked and toured with most of the country's leading theatre companies recently with the National Theatre for Scotland on the stage premiere of Tutti Frutti. Alan's television credits include Taggart, Rab C Nesbitt, Sea Of Souls, High Road and River City. Recent film credits include the BAFTA nominated Scottish horror movie, "Wild Country".Musically, Alan has written and staged his own full scale musical "The Street", and appeared in (as Buddy Holly) and musically directed the original national tour of "Three Steps to Heaven".Alan has written all the music for our current touring shows Nutritional Alley and Nutritional Alley 'The Sequel'.

 

 

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