Testimonials

Venue programmers

‘We at Mwldan have worked with Mark & Penny Makin for many years and they are simply two of the best in the business. As well as booking shows direct from Mark, he has also acted as an agent for drama work we have produced and toured. In both cases, his experience and expertise within the sector are truly second to none. When you add in Mark's joyful and inspirational personality, and his great artistic taste, you have a winning package!’
Dilwyn Davies, Chief Executive, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan
0‘makin projects are great. I first dealt with Mark Makin over ten years ago and he has always been friendly, efficient and delivered a quality product. Most importantly he cares about the venue and the artist, always doing everything within his control to ensure a good performance and is honest in all he does. Mark started out as a business contact but is now a friend, he’s really nice, if a little tall…’
Barney Jeavons, Area Arts & Museums Manager (North and Central) & Aldershot West End Centre
‘I’ve been working with Mark Makin for more years than either of us would care to remember. He’s knowledgeable, versatile – and won’t try and sell you anything which he doesn’t genuinely believe is right for your venue. One of the few producers out there with real integrity and unerring taste – working with Mark is always rewarding – and equally importantly – it’s always a pleasure.’
Steve Cowton, Head of Theatre Operations, Salford Lowry
‘makin projects is the ‘go to’ place for high quality, audience pleasing performances, for well over 10 years Mark & Penny have never failed to find exactly the right programming to work alongside the rest of the New Wolsey offer.’
Sarah Holmes, Chief Executive, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
‘makin projects are hugely experienced and trustworthy tour bookers and producers who also have an extensive knowledge and understanding of the ecology of theatre and live venues across the UK. Their approach is always underpinned by a genuine enthusiasm and friendliness which means they are a joy to work with.’
Helen Jewel, head of programming, The Old Market Theatre, Brighton
‘What is great about dealing with Mark as a promoter and booker is his ability to recognise that programmers are just as busy as himself. He provides quick, clear and prompt responses and is not trying to sell you everything on his books, just what is right for your venue. We recently started to programme Comedy Club for Kids and the booking process and delivery has been extremely smooth running. ‘
Kerry Andrews, Artistic Director, artsdepot London
‘I have worked with makin projects over the years on many occasions– either recommending them to Jacksons Lane’s artists for their tour mentoring and advice, or programming their work into venues around the country. Mark is especially one of the few promoters who understands the workings of an arts venue from top to bottom and gives audiences and artists high quality new opportunities to see and present work each year.’
Adrian Berry, Artistic Director, London Jackson’s Lane
‘Imagine a world without Mark and makin projects? The variety and quality of touring shows that are offered with such sensible deals. Impossible for this venue’s programming and marketing – and it all comes with such a spirit of friendship and fun.’
Caroline Richardson, General Manager, Norwich Playhouse
‘Having worked with Mark for a number of years as a programmer booking a variety of work through him, I can honestly say he has never let me down, it is always a pleasure to work with makin projects a thoroughly professional company. Mark is very experienced, knowledgably and always willing to give advice where needed.’
Liz Wolton, Theatre Programmer, The Berry Theatre, Hedge End & The Point, Eastleigh