Sylvia gives The Byre doors a push

Slyvia Donaldson
Slyvia Donaldson

A St Andrews woman, frustrated by the lack of progress at the Byre Theatre since it closed early last year, has decided to take action by bringing a play to the building.

Sylvia Donaldson, whose association with the theatre goes back to the days of the late Byre founder A. B. Paterson, is meeting the cost of the performance.

A Byre board member in the founder’s time and a volunteer front of house manager in its final year, Sylvia said this week: “I am just tired waiting for something to happen since the close of the theatre.”

She explained that only three events had been held since the Byre went into liquidation (a jazz festival, StAnza and the Guizards’ show), “despite encouraging comments that something would happen soon.”

“Sometimes you have to just step out and make it happen yourself!”

She has arranged for the award-winning production of ‘Hard to Swallow,’ by Aberdour Players Youth Theatre, to be performed in the theatre on the evening of May 31.

The Abedour group won the Scottish Community Drama Association one-act play festival and collected several other accolades.

Sylvia said that any profits would be donated equally between Haydays and the Friends of the Byre - two organisations she has been heavily involved with.

Tickets will be available from Occasions shop in Market Street, as well as committee members of Friends of the Byre and Sylvia.

St Andrews University was chosen recently by Fife Council’s executive committee as the preferred bidder to run the theatre, which would have community use.