Venue programmers

‘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 has 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
‘Mark Makin & makin projects is a vastly experienced and knowledgeable tour manager and booker .The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre has worked with Mark over a period of 12 years on many projects . This has always been a rewarding and enjoyable process. makin projects is an extremely valuable resource to our Theatre.’
Brian Kirk, General Manager, Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
‘I have worked with makin projects over the years on many occasions– either recommending Mark to Jacksons Lane’s artists for his tour mentoring and advice, or programming his work into venues around the country. He is 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
‘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
‘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
‘We have booked several productions through makin projects. The company represent a good portfolio of companies, they are both friendly and professional and support their shows excellently. I would say they are one of our favourite agencies to book through.’
Ali Robertson, Director, Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatres
‘I have worked with Mark on a range of dance touring and other dance projects for some time now and can say he is a colleague with the utmost integrity personal and professional. He has a positive can do approach and with his team at makin projects makes even the most complex projects seem possible and delivers them with skillful management and on time. He knows how to work well with artists/companies and venues and above all how to build relationships with people. He is a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him highly to manage any complex project.’
Marie McCluskey MBE, Director Swindon Dance
‘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
‘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
‘We have worked with makin projects for many years now and always look to Mark and the team for a range of interesting and well produced work to programme’.
Deborah Rees, Director, Roses Theatre Tewkesbury
‘makin projects have been a pleasure to work with throughout the production and tour of Dance3. This pilot project presented a set of unique challenges that required a sensitive but authoritative style which Mark Makin and his team did brilliantly.’
Stephen Munn, Director, Déda Derby and NDN Dance 3steering group
‘Mark Makin delivered a complex and logistically challenging touring project for the National Dance Network, which he did on time, on budget and with great capacity to solve problems and smile throughout. He proved himself to be an efficient, reliable and generous professional with all the relevant skills – highly recommended!’
Wieka Eringa, Director, Yorkshire Dance and NDN Dance3 steering group

A brief selection of consultancy testimonials

‘Mark Makin is one of ITC’s most popular trainers – his Tour Booking course sells out every time we run it and receives glowing evaluations. The key to his success with our members is his direct, clear, practical approach to training, his first-hand experience of the sector and his generosity with the breadth of knowledge and experience he commands. His professionalism and commitment to quality also make him a very trustworthy trainer. He keeps his information and skills up-to-date and actively contributes to ITC’s development of good industry practice and advocacy. ITC prides itself on the practicality and relevance of its training programme and Mark epitomises this approach – we really enjoy working with him.’
Charlotte Jones, CEO, Independent Theatre Council (ITC)
‘Essential training for anybody looking to book a tour, Mark's tailor-made approach ensures that the training is relevant for the organization.’
Nisha Modhwadia, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
‘The best money we've ever spent!’
Gilbert Taylor, Unpacked Theatre Company www.unpacked.org
‘The one-day course we ran at Theatre Bristol with Mark Makin as co-facilitator was incredibly popular – in fact we could have filled the course twice over. The 22 participants came from a wide range of backgrounds and experience and everyone was very positive about the event. Mark knows pretty much all there is to know about tour-booking and he is good at communicating his knowledge with others.’
Katie Keeler, Theatre Bristol www.theatrebristol.net
‘I cannot recommend the makin projects tour booking consultancy days highly enough. The quality, depth and breadth of advice and information gained in one day is priceless, the after care service truly invaluable. We spent a day with Mark in September 2008. Since then, our fledgling business has taken flight, and we're now happily in our fourth year as a successful tour booking agency.’
Helena Richardson www.richardsonprm.com
‘I attended a makin projects group seminar, and was so impressed that I followed it up with a one-to-one consultation. Mark was warm, friendly and very helpful. He demystified the whole process of booking a tour and has given me the confidence and concrete information I need to book our own comprehensive tour. A thoroughly worthwhile investment and should be high on the to-do list of any touring company.’
Feargus Woods Dunlop, New Old Friends Theatre Company www.newoldfriends.co.uk
‘Thank you for an inspiring day Mark. It was extremely useful and brilliant to get top tips and first hand insights into warts'n all tour booking.’
Danny Schlesinger, Circo Ridiculoso www.circoridiculoso.co.uk
‘The day I spent with Mark was very helpful. Full of useful, relevant and up to date information only an experienced tour booker can offer. Highly recommended.’
Natalie Richardson, Independent Producer