A renewed commitment to work to save the Byre Theatre in St Andrews has been given following a meeting in Fife House last Friday.
Fife Council hosted a meeting arranged with Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs and attended by Ian Munro from Creative Scotland, Fife MSPs and leading councillors to discuss the much loved facility.
Councillor David Ross, Depute Leader of Fife Council said, “Today was a really constructive meeting and gave us all a chance to talk through where things are at the moment. It is clear that no-one expected this sudden closure of the Byre and that some time is needed to take stock of the situation. There is a lot of hard work already underway to ensure a positive future for the Byre and the good news is that everyone gave a fresh commitment to work together and with the Fife Cultural Trust to find a viable solution for the long term future of the Byre. At the moment the formal liquidation process is still under way and the Council is working with Creative Scotland and the liquidators to retain the fixtures and fittings needed for the future operation of the theatre. Whilst there are no guarantees at this stage, I am very pleased that there is a real will amongst all the organisations concerned to see the Byre open again as soon as is realistically possible.“
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said, “I am pleased to have been able to facilitate this meeting between Fife MSPs, Fife Council and Creative Scotland to discuss the future of the Byre Theatre. The Byre is a well-loved venue and its closure was clearly a blow to the community. I was impressed by the passion and determination of those present at the meeting, which was very positive and constructive. Fife Council, Fife Cultural Trust, Creative Scotland, MSPs and Councillors from all political parties have made a commitment to work together to see the Byre reopen with a secure future. These discussions have the full support of the Scottish Government.”
Iain Munro, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said, "Today’s meeting has been very constructive. We appreciate this has been an extremely unsettling time for Byre staff and the Fife community and together with Fife Council we are continuing to discuss how the theatre can re-open as soon as possible and once again offer a programme of activities for the artists and public of St Andrews and the NE Fife area."