Sir Sean Connery, when opening the newly refurbished Byre Theatre in 2001:
“The new Byre offers the UK an exciting performance space which professional touring companies would be foolish to overlook.”
Henry McLeish MSP (Former First Minister), also in 2001
“The new theatre is a wonderful facility – not only for St Andrews and Fife, But Scotland.”
Now, in 2013, the Byre Theatre - cultural hub of St Andrews and host not only to local theatre but to touring companies, StAnza - Scotland's poetry festival, the Fife Jazz Festival, its own Youth Theatre, the St Andrews Playwrights Lab and local schools productions, amongst others - has gone into liquidation and has been forced to close its doors to the public and performers alike.
In the 48 hours since this news broke, the Save the Byre Facebook page attracted over 3,600 'Likes'. We need to consolidate this support and turn it into action.
Sign this petition to put your name to the campaign to urge our MSPs to help resurrect our theatre.
We, the undersigned, cannot accept the closure of the Byre Theatre, and urge you to do everything in your power to help raise the awareness and funds necessary to restore the theatre to St Andrews, Fife and Scotland.