The sudden news that the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, StAnza’s hub venue, are closing their doors next week has taken everyone by surprise. However
StAnza 2013 will go ahead as planned.
Everyone at StAnza is shocked extremely sorry to hear about the Byre’s troubles. The venue has been such a vital part of StAnza for many years, and the wonderful staff there have all our sympathies. Of course we are urgently seeking clarification as to how this will affect StAnza 2013, which will take place from 6 – 10 March. However StAnza has always used a range of venues in St Andrews, such as the Town Hall, the University’s Parliament Hall and local galleries, museums and schools. With the support of local partners we shall where necessary move events due to take place in the Byre to alternative venues and we hope to finalise and announce any new arrangements within a matter of days. Fortunately the good relationships StAnza enjoys with institutions in St. Andrews means that we have already had numerous offers of support. The intention is to minimise disruption, to continue with our planned core programme and keep everyone informed.
Those who have already booked their tickets through the Byre’s box office will have those accepted as normal. We are arranging an alternative booking system for those yet to buy their tickets. Information on this will shortly appear on the booking page of our website, www.stanzapoetry.org, and information on venue changes will be given on the online programme listings as soon as possible. We will also post information on here on the StAnza Blog.
As Angela Wrapson, the Chair of StAnza’s Board of Trustees has said, the Byre is one of the loveliest small theatres in Scotland and we hope that it will reopen its doors very soon. Meanwhile, the StAnza festival programme for 2013 is the most exciting yet, and we are all gearing up for it.