The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street
Location: At the top of Abbey Street off the east end of South Street. Also accessible from the Byre Close off South Street
Includes: Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room, foyers, Café Bar & restaurant
The Byre Theatre complex, owned by Fife Council and run by the University of St Andrews, has been the hub venue of the StAnza Poetry Festival since the opening of the current building in 2002. An exception was the festival of 2013, when the theatre’s then management, Byre Theatre (Trading) Ltd, went into administration. The StAnza festival hub was relocated to the Town Hall for StAnza 2013.
The theatre has since reopened under the management of the University of St Andrews, which is promoting the Byre not just as a theatre, but also as an educational resource, general arts venue and music centre. This award winning contemporary space, the theatre and its public areas therefore continue to be the social centre of the festival.
The theatre has been in existence in various buildings since the 1930s, when it started its life in a converted cow byre.
Poetry Bookstall: The bookstall is managed by J & G Innes and stocks collections and other publications by festival participants.
StAnza Festival Desk: The festival desk operates a message board, provides answers to all your festival enquiries, gives directions to venues and supplies town maps and guides, bus and train timetables and contacts for the local taxis operators.
Disabled Access: The Byre Theatre has full disabled access throughout
Events: Main evening readings, in conversations, poetry cabaret and theatre, children’s events, performances, films and screenings, exhibitions, installations, discussions, launches, slams, open mics and foyer events.