A busy season at The Byre Theatre

The Byre Theatre is well and truly open for business.
The Byre Theatre is well and truly open for business.
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The Byre Theatre has launched its new website - and with it a full programme of events at the theatre through to the end of May.

Drama, music, film, poetry, comedy, children’s events - and much more are included in the programme which will see more than 100 performances at the theatre over the next few months.

Two new clubs are launched - for the youngsters a Fun Club every Saturday morning offers games, movies, story telling and much more. Already scheduled are some real classic films including ‘Winne the Pooh’, the ‘Frozen’ sing-along and ‘The Worm - an underground adventure’ which will see children learning about what goes on the ground beneath their fee - and have the chance to meet some real worms.

And a Thursday morning film club will show a series of diverse and interesting screenings. First up is the classic ‘Meet me in St Louis’ on February 2.

The theatre also takes its place in Fife’s festivals. It will be the venue for a series of concerts during the Fife Jazz Festival next month, and as a base for StAnza - Scotland’s Poetry Festival.

With eight performances in just three days during the jazz festival, the Byre will be jumping - Ruby Turner, the Brian Kellock Trio amd the Batchelors of Jazz are just some of those putting in appearances, along with a late-night takeover featuring a hot infectious mixture of live soul, funk, fusion, jazz and bluesy folk when one ticket will access to three stage areas for six bands and more than three hours of music,

The theatre will also host dozens of events during StAnza - from one to one encounters with poetry and dramatic monologue, to readings by poets including Alice Notley and Glyn Maxwell, and even a Poetry Café for Breakfast featuring the festival’s islands theme with poets Kim Simonsen, Christine De Luca, Kei Miller and Bill Manhire.

Other big names coming include Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain with their selection of traditional Scottish music, Fife rhythm and blues band Lights Out By Nine, and the St Andrews-based Heisenberg Ensemble performing a programme of music by Mozart and Haydn.

On the comedy front, in ‘The Only Way is Downton’ Luke Kempner performs his hilarious comedy based on the nation’s favourite drama, and Susan Calman will bring her much-praised ‘Lady Like’ tour to St Andrews.

Local companies also feature on the programme, including the return of Mermaids in a revival of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart”, a performance of ‘The King and I’ by St Andrews Musical Society.

There is much more information and booking facilities at http://byretheatre.com/.