Celebrating ten productive and rewarding years of the Byre Theatre's new lottery building, the Byre is hosting a special community partnership openmorning on Saturday 11th June. A tribute to the hard work and support of the local community, the open morning is a chance to look back over the theatre's many achievements since the new build theatre opened its doors in 2001, none of which would have been possible without the talent, creativity and dedication of all of the people involved.
Over 750,000 people have visited The Byre Theatre in the past ten years, and it continues to be one of Scotland's most beautiful theatres, playing a leading role in supporting the performing arts as well as arts participation across Fife- in 2011 it remains Scotland's only 5 star arts venue. The acclaimed lottery building has been a vital resource in the growth and development of the Byre, enabling the theatre to showcase the most exciting and contemporary performances, as well as to support and encourage new artists, directors and writers alike. Over the last decade, the Byre has also emerged as an important events maker, running a variety of thriving festivals, music and dance shows and exhibitions.
"The Byre Theatre is Scotland's only 5 star arts venue. It presents a year round performing arts programme of the highest calibre to entertain, inspire and challenge the widest audience. In recent years The Byre also has become a vibrant home for festivals, home grown and international and is a growing festival and event producer across Fife. The theatre actively supports and nurtures new and emerging artists and performance companies to bring their work to the Scottish stage and we proudly support community based theatre and performance companies to develop and showcase their own work."
Dr Frank Quinault, The Byre Theatre Chairman
The Byre Theatre is the arts hub of Fife, providing a dynamic space for members of the local and wider community to come together and enjoy the brilliant facilities offered by the venue. The Byre is most proud of its work with the community through its Education and Outreach programme, which promotes learning and teaching through the creative arts, offering a variety of artistic educational experiences for any age from 1 to 100.
The Byre has a dynamic and far-reaching education and outreach programme that serves the widest communities in Fife, working with vulnerable groups, partnering education providers and pioneering creative partnerships, regional, national and international. The Byre strives to be more than a theatre and is proud to be at the heart of a Fife wide community. We are delighted to be able to host this tenth birthday celebration and look forward to sharing our stories of the past ten years and also our aspirations for The Byre for the next ten years with our local community. "
Jacqueline McKay, Artistic Director/Chief Executive, The Byre Theatre
The Byre Theatre will throw open its doors on Saturday 11th June to welcome everyone in joining the tenth anniversary celebrations. The day will start off with some light refreshments, before a talk from the Byre Theatre Chairman Dr Frank Quinault, followed by performances from the Byre's Haydays Choir and the Byre Youth Theatre group. Chief Executive of the Byre, Jacqueline McKay will continue with a discussion of the Byre's role in the Fife Community before the morning finishes off with a celebratory raffle and the all-important eating of the birthday cake.
The open morning will take place from 10 until 12 at the Byre Theatre and refreshments will be provided.