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What’s On January February

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Byre Film Club: Sully (12A)

Lunchtime Concert: Beyond the Border

Byre World: The Faces We Lost

The Match Box

Chaplain’s Conversations: Lunchtime Concert: Prof Steve Reicher Violin, flute & piano Mon 5 Feb Page 10

Weds 7 Feb Page 10

Music Talk: Gillian Mitchell

Friends of The Byre: Travellers’ Tales

Byre Film Club: Skull Island (12A)

Debussy in Bloomsbury: Debussy at Play

Debussy in Bloomsbury: Pacifism and Pierrot

MET Opera – Encore: L’Elisir D’amore

Chaplain’s Conversations: Lunchtime Concert: Songs of Love Prof Ineke De Moortel

Byre World: Monika Szydlowska

Byre Film Club: La La Land (12A)

February February

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Quartetto di Cremona: Sounds of Italy Thurs 15 Feb Page 15

MET Opera – Encore: Tosca Sun 28 Jan Page 6

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St Andrews Green Film Festival Thurs 15 - Sun 18 Feb Page 14

Weds 31 Jan Page 6

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Weds 14 Feb Page 13

Mermaids: The History Boys

St Leonards School: A Byre Film Club: Midsummer Nights Dream Hidden Figures (PG)

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Weds 21 - Fri 23 Feb Page 16

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Thurs 22 Feb Page 16

Byre Film Club: It Happened One Night Thurs 1 Feb Page 10

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NT Live – Encore: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (15+) Thurs 22 Feb Page 16

What’s On


Professor Eleanor Riley: Combatting Malaria

The Return

MET Opera – Encore: La Bohème

SAMS: Sister Act The Musical

Music Talk: Parmis Mozafari

Byre World: The Uncondemned

Byre Film Club: The Glass Castle (12A)

Orpheus in the Underworld

StAnza 2018

Byre Film Club: Paterson (15)

MET Opera – Encore: Semiramide

Coal (12+)

Lunchtime Concert: Bach’s Birthday

Byre World: Nueve reinas

Film Blitz Festival Screening

You’ve Got a Friend

The Guizards: Allo Allo

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Byre Film Club: Concussion (12A)

Byre Film Club: Jane Eyre (PG)

NT Live – Encore: Julius Caesar (12+)

How to Act

Byre Film Club: Mandella (12A)

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Tues 27 Feb- Sat 3 Mar Page 18

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March April

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Grandad and Me (5+)

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MET Opera – Encore: Così Fan Tutte Sun 1 Apr Page 28

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What’s On April

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Little Light (5+)

On The Rocks Student Arts Festival

Human Zoos: Putting People on Display

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Fleur Darkin’s Innocence

MET Opera – Encore: Luisa Miller

Mermaids: Ubu Roi

Lunchtime Concert: Scholarship Students

Byre World: Human Zoos in Scotland

Byre Film Club: Lion (PG)

Lunchtime Concert: Double bass & piano

Byre Film Club: Apollo 13 (PG)

Blue Angels

Human Zoos: The Couple in the Cage

Byre Film Club: Deepwater Horizon (12A)

Gilbert and Sullivan Society: Princess Ida


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Lunchtime Concert : Ensemble Hesperi

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Byre Film Club Wild Card: The Ladykillers (U) Thurs 19 Apr Page 33

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On The Town: Bernstein Centenary Concert Fri 27 Apr Page 35

Byre World: Russian Jews Fri 27 Apr Page 9

The Time Machine Sat 28 Apr Page 35

Met Opera – Encore: Cendrillon Sun 29 Apr Page 36

Dance Club Spring Gala Anniversary Show 30 Apr & 1 May Page 36

Byre World: The Enthusiasm Project

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Byre Film Club: On The Town (U)

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The Bob Dylan Story

Starcatchers presents The Attic


The Monster and Mary Shelley

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Byre World: Casanova Undressed Weds 9 May Page 9

Fisk (14+)

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Sully (12A)


Lunchtime Concert

Byre Film Club

MET Opera – Encore

Thursday 25 January, 10.30am – £6

Sunday 28 January, 5.55pm £18.50/£17.50/£14.50 – buy 9, get one FREE

Beyond the Border: Sir Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy in Story and Song

When the engines of Chelsey (Sully) Sullenberger’s Airbus A320 fail after a series of bird strikes, he takes the decision to crash land the aircraft into the Hudson River. Saving 155 lives, Sully is hailed a hero, but preliminary data from Aircraft Communications suggests the planes engines were running at idle power. Fearing this revelation may end his career, Sulley has to fight to prove that he made the right decision. Clint Eastwood directs this powerful depiction of one of America’s most recent aviation heroes, starring Tom Hanks. Dir: Clint Eastwood / 2012 / USA / 1h 36

Puccini’s thrilling Tosca is a story of love, terror, the abuse of power, and the unquenchable longing for freedom. When an escaped political prisoner takes refuge in a church, an opera singer and a painter are drawn into a twisting plot that puts them at the mercy of the secret police and its network of torturers and spies. Rivalling the splendour of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Sonya Yoncheva stars as the titular prima donna, alongside Vittorio Grigolo as her artist lover and Bryn Terfel as the villainous police chief—one of his signature roles. Andris Nelsons conducts. Duration: 3h18m (Cast and running time subject to change)

Wednesday 31 January, 1.10pm £3/FREE to Music Centre Members

Margaret Bennett, Cameron Nixon and Aidan Moodie follow Sir Walter Scott’s quest for Scottish Border ballads, sharing anecdotes, historical tales, and humour, along with tunes and songs that have travelled the world. Please note, this concert lasts approximately 60 minutes.

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.

Firebrand in Co-Production with The Byre Theatre and Heart of Hawick present

The Match Box


By Frank McGuinness

Award-winning Scottish theatre company Firebrand brings the Scottish premiere of the compelling play, The Match Box, directed by Richard Baron to St Andrews. Written by the celebrated, Irish, Tony Award winning playwright, Frank McGuiness, The Match Box combines lyricism and humour in a passionate story of grief, revenge and the temptations of evil. The play explores the shockingly brutal events that bring Sal to a remote exile on Valentia Island off the coast of County Kerry. Sal is an intriguing heroine, a woman to be pitied and feared in equal measure. Her story begs only one question of the audience; what would you do if pushed to the very edge? Described on its original production at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre as ‘So brutally powerful it knocks the breath out of your body,’ by The Times, The Match Box asks what happens to a mother whose innocent child has been murdered in gang crossfire, once the cameras have moved on and when her bereavement is yesterday’s news? The Match Box features haunting, original sound and music by awardwinning composer Jon Beales and follows Firebrand’s mesmerising 2016 staging of solo play Grounded ( **** The Scotsman), with Janet Coulson returning to The Byre in another intense and darkly witty piece of heart-stopping modern storytelling. ‘Firebrand has the knack for identifying new plays destined to become contemporary classics.’ **** The Times, on Grounded

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Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 February, 7.30pm Saturday 3 February, 2.30pm £14/£12


Byre World

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The School of Modern Languages, in collaboration with The Byre Theatre, offers an exciting programme of events related to the literature, film and cultures of the world. Byre World showcases some of the research being carried out by the School of Modern Languages and brings together artists, filmmakers, writers and academics. All events are open to university staff, students and the public. The Faces We Lost (dir. Piotr Cieplak, 2017) Wednesday 31 January, 6.00pm FREE but ticketed The 1994 genocide in Rwanda claimed almost a million lives in just 100 days. Many Rwandans remember their loved ones through images of life, not death, the surviving images are precious objects, with so many destroyed and lost forever. The Faces We Lost follows nine Rwandans (survivors, relatives of victims and professional memory-makers), who guide us through their stories and share their experiences, remembrance and images. We are joined by the film’s director, Piotr Cieplak, for a Q&A after the screening. In Conversation with Monika Szydlowska Wednesday 14 February, 6.00pm FREE but ticketed Monika Szydlowska is an author of a popular webcomic Na Emigracji that illustrates the experiences of Polish immigrants in the UK. Dr Emily Finer (Dept of Russian, University of St Andrews) joins Monika Szydlowska for a discussion of her work that has been recently published as a book Do You Miss Your Country? (2016).

The Uncondemned (dir. Michele Mitchell and Nick Louvel, 2015) Wednesday 28 February, 6.00pm FREE but ticketed In 1997, the young men and women at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found themselves inexplicably in charge of the first case of genocide in history. The Uncondemned captures the untold, remarkable story that changed the course of international judicial history. Nueve reinas (dir. Fabian Bielinksy, 2000) Wednesday 14 March, 6.00pm FREE but ticketed Written and directed by Fabian Bielinksy, Nueve reinas (Nine Queens) is an Argentinian crime drama film about two con artists working together on a major scam in Buenos Aires. Brigid Cruzado, PhD student in Hispanic Studies, introduces the film and co-ordinates a discussion after the screening.  

Human Zoos: The Couple in the Cage (dir. Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia, 1993) Wednesday 11 April, 6.00pm – FREE but ticketed The Couple in the Cage documents the travelling performance of Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco in which they exhibited themselves as caged Amerindians from an imaginary island. The screening complements the exhibition Human Zoos: Putting People on Display at The Byre (9 April to 7 May). The film is introduced by Dr Leshu Torchin and is supported by the Centre for Film Studies, University of St Andrews. Human Zoos in Scotland Wednesday 25 April, 6.00pm – FREE but ticketed This illustrated talk by Dr Emma Bond (Dept of Italian, University of St Andrews) complements the Human Zoos: Putting People on Display exhibition at The Byre and explores the stories behind the images displayed in the exhibition posters, which all relate to ethnographic displays that took place in Scottish cities just one hundred years ago, from alleged romances between Somali villagers on display in Portobello to the feats of Buffalo Bill in Glasgow.

Russian Jews (Film Screening and talk with Leonid Parfenov) Friday 27 April, 4.00pm – FREE but ticketed Join us for an evening with the acclaimed Russian journalist Leonid Parfenov and a screening of his latest documentary Russian Jews. Leonid presents the film and there is a Q and A session after the screening. Presented by CRSCEES and Genesis Philanthropy Group. The Enthusiasm Project Wednesday 2 May, 6.00pm FREE but ticketed In 1869, Welsh industrialist John Hughes founded the mining town of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine, initiating a wave of migration from South Wales to Eastern Europe. 100 years later, in the present day, Ukraine and the Donbas are once again at the centre of a violent conflict that has led to the internal displacement of over a million people. Enthusiasm brings to life some of the elements of this fascinating and timely story. Project leaders Dr Victoria Donovan (Dept of Russian, University of St Andrews) and Stefhan Caddick are joined by composer Simon Gore to present Enthusiasm via music, image and discussion. Casanova Undressed (A Sky Arts and Balandi production (2016)) Wednesday 9 May, 6.00pm FREE but ticketed His very name is synonymous with seduction but what was world famous adventurer and author Giacomo Casanova really like? The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the producers, writers, artists, and scholars who created or contributed to this documentary. They will talk about the challenges, surprises, and many delights of working on Casanova, all the better to “undress” him.


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Exhibition Human Zoos: Putting People on Display Tuesday 10 April to Monday 7 May – FREE A human zoo is a display of a particular group of humans for the purposes of entertainment, education or propaganda. Although particularly prevalent in the later 19th and earlier 20th centuries, human zoos have a long history and were held in a wide variety of national contexts, including Scotland. This exhibition and related events invites audiences to think about the practices of putting people on display.


It Happened One Night

Chaplain’s Conversations

Byre Film Club

Professor Steve Reicher

Thursday 1 February, 10.30am – £6

Monday 5 February, 5.30pm FREE but ticketed

Clark Gable leads a classic cast in a tale of love, trust, family fortunes and media manipulation. Which all sounds very contemporary. However, this winner of five Academy Awards is actually one of the most enduring films of the thirties.

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Join us for Screen Memories at 12.30pm Stay after the film for a discussion with Screen Memories. Share what you enjoyed, meet other film fans and look at film memorabilia from the late 40s to 80s.

Martin Hughes (violin) Jill Hughes (flute) Marilyn Boulton (Piano) Wednesday 7 February, 1.10pm £3/FREE to Music Centre Members Former Head of Strings at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Martin Hughes is joined by Music Centre Associate Teacher Marilyn Boulton and flautist Jill Hughes in music by Martinu, Ibert and Piazzolla.

Dir: Frank Capra /1934 / USA / 1h 45m

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.

Lunchtime Concert

Discover more about the people of the University of St Andrews. In conversation with the Chaplain, Donald MacEwan, key figures explore their path to the University, what inspires them in their research and their thoughts about the future of education. Wardlaw Professor, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, Professor Reicher researches the issues of group behaviour and the individual-social relationship, specifically a model of crowd action that accounts for both social determination and social change; the construction of social categories through language and action; and political rhetoric and mass mobilisation – especially around the issue of national identity. This Conversation follows the showing of Shock Room, a film by Kathryn Millard with whom Professor Reicher worked, about controversial Milgram experiments on obedience.

Music Talk Wednesday 7 February, 2.30pm FREE with tea/coffee and scones A great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon as experts from many different musical fields present their research. Gillian Mitchell: British Pop Stars and Pantomime from the 1950s to the 1970s

Travellers’ Tales Wednesday 7 February, 7.00pm – £10.00 including refreshments An evening of Travellers’ Tales by much travelled Friends of the Byre highlighting Iceland, Japan, Mongolia and other fascinating places. Become a friend! You can join Friends of the Byre for a minimum of £5 per year. Contact, or The Friends have supported the Byre Theatre by • • • • •

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Skull Island (12A)

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Byre Film Club: Wild Card Thursday 8 February, 10.30am – £6 A star studded cast including Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson take us back to 1973, to explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong. Upon arrival, the group discovers that their mission may be complicated by the local wildlife. The beautiful vistas and deadly creatures create a visually stunning experience that is sure to keep your attention. Dir: Jordan Vogt-Roberts / 2017 / USA / 1h 58m

Members are invited to special Friends’ events and regularly receive special offers for many Byre productions The Friends of the Byre also represent the views of the local community on the Byre Advisory Board. The Friends are keen to ensure that the Byre Theatre remains a key community facility, and provides a place where town and gown can join together in the enjoyment of the theatrical and musical arts.

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Debussy in Bloomsbury

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Debussy at Play Thursday 8 February – 5.30pm FREE but ticketed As a prelude to the evening concert, three speakers introduce Debussy’s work. Pianist and renowned Debussy scholar Dr Roy Howat, Dr Charlotte de Mille (Courtauld Institute) and Dr David Evans (French, St Andrews) discuss the newly discovered premiere of his children’s ballet La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box) and the role of pantomime and play in Debussy’s work more widely.

Concert: Pacifism and Pierrot Thursday 8 February, 8pm – £8/£6 Jennifer Witton (soprano) Lana Bode (piano) This concert of French song and piano music is a journey through the pleasures and pain of war-time life. The programme explores themes of pacifism, feminism and equality in rarely performed music by Germaine Tailleferre and Nadia Boulanger alongside familiar favourites by Debussy and Poulenc. The programme culminates in Debussy’s children’s ballet La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box), premiered by the projected Workshops in 1915 as part of a series of pacifist concerts raising money for Belgian refugees. The ballet was performed not by dancers but by cardboard marionettes; Omega images accompany this performance.

MET Opera – Encore Sunday 11 February, 5.55pm £18.50/£17.50/£14.50 – buy 9, get one FREE

Chaplain’s Conversations Professor Ineke De Moortel

Director of Research, School of Mathematics and Statistics Monday 12 February, 5.30pm FREE but ticketed

The poor country boy Nemorino is in love with Adina, a confident landowner, but she is way out of his league – financially and otherwise. But when he buys a ‘love potion’ from a travelling quack, the results are rather more than he bargained for. Charmingly staged by Bartlett Sher, Donizetti’s beloved masterpiece combines deft comic timing with touching emotional depth. The production stars Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his moving Una furtiva lagrima. Rising South African soprano Pretty Yende is the spirited Adina, Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the arrogant soldier Belcore, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is the potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan conducts. Duration: 3h (Cast and running time subject to change)

Discover more about the people of the University of St Andrews. In conversation with the Chaplain, Donald MacEwan, key figures explore their path to the University, what inspires them in their research and their thoughts about the future of education. A Professor in Applied Mathematics since 2013, Professor De Moortel’s teaching and research in solar and magnetospheric theory involves coronal heating and properties of MHD wave propagation in the solar corona (e.g phase mixing, wave damping, mode coupling, coronal seismology, forward modelling and wavelet analysis.)

Lunchtime Concert

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Songs of Love: Christopher Josey (tenor) and Carolyn Turner (piano) Wednesday 14 February, 1.10pm £3/FREE to Music Centre Members Tenor Christopher Josey makes a welcome return to St Andrews to perform some of the most beautiful songs of love written during the past 400 years. Featuring exquisite music from the English Renaissance period to the 20th Century and including songs by Dowland, Purcell, Schumann, Fauré, Rorem and Venables.

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L’Elisir D’amore


Green Film Festival The Festival includes a series of documentary films followed by guest speakers, as well as a short film competition (The Leafies) and panel discussion, for people of all ages in the community with an aim at raising awareness and engaging discussion around environmental and social issues facing our planet and how we can all make a difference.

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Food Evolution Thursday 15 February, 7.00pm – £5/£4

REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle The Planet Saturday 17 February, 7.00pm – £5/£4

Food Evolution delves into the controversies behind genetically modified foods, without shying away from portraying polar-opposite opinions. Initially released in 2017, this documentary takes on the contemporary issues of alternative fakes and fake news in the pursuit of sustainable food.

Recycling is not enough to solve our problems of mass consumption. Follow Alex Eave’s as he journeys across America looking at how people are finding unique innovative ways to reuse, which are not only sustainable but benefit people, planet and wallet.

Dir: Scott Hamilton Kennedy / USA / 2016 / 1h 32m

Dir: Alex Eaves/ USA / 2015 / 1h

Bugs Friday 16 February, 7.00pm – £5/£4 With a growing population, eating bugs has been seen as a solution to our problems of food scarcity. Follow Nordic Food Lab a team of chefs and researchers as they travel across the world to discover why 2 million people already eat insects; would you? Dir: Andreas Johnsen / Netherlands / 2016 / 1h 13m

How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change Sunday 18 February, 7.00pm – £5/£4 Travelling across 12 countries and 6 continents the film looks into the biggest threat the world has ever known: climate change. Recognising it may be too late for us to stop some of the worst outcomes, the film looks into; what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so resilient about the human spirit that no disaster can take away? Dir: Josh Fox / USA / 2016 / 2h 7m

Byre Film Club Thursday 15 February, 10.30am – £6 With the oscars just around the corner, what better way could there be to get you in the award winning mood, than with a screening of the people’s favourite and winner of six Academy Awards..? Yes, folks its La La Land. Revell in the romance of a struggling musician and a failing actress who fall in love in the city of stars and allow yourself to be transported back to the golden days of cinema when Astaire and Rogers ruled the silver screen. It’s the perfect film for all us fools who dare to dream. Dir: Damien Chazelle / 2017 / Country / USA / 2h 08m

St Andrews Concert Series


Quartetto di Cremona

The St Andrews Performing Arts Fund Performance

Thursday 15 February, 7.30pm £14, £13 (concessions), £10 (Music Centre members and members of other EMS-affiliated societies), £4 (students/children)

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February, 7.30pm – £8

Sounds of Italy

The History Boys

Hot on the heels of their Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut, the Cremona String Quartet brings an all-Italian programme to St Andrews. Juggling a performing schedule that takes them all over the world, the quartet’s recent recordings of the complete Beethoven Quartets (Audite) and the music of Fabio Vacchi (Decca) have received critical international acclaim. Boccherini Quartet in C major op. 2, no. 6 Verdi Quartet in E minor Vacchi Movimento di Quartetto Respighi Quartet in D major The Quartetto di Cremona exude phenomenal energy and momentum BBC Music Magazine

In 1980s Britain, a group of boys at Cutlers’ Grammar School all have the brains, and the will, to earn the chance of getting accepted into the finest universities in the nation. Under the guidance of three teachers with contrasting and eccentric styles, the boys prepare for their Oxbridge entrance exams. Voted the Nation’s favourite play, Alan Bennett’s The History Boys explores the value of friendship, individuality and education.  

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.

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La La Land (12A)


St Leonards School

A Midsummer Nights Dream

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Wednesday 21, Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February, 7.30pm – £8/£6

Hidden Figures (PG) Byre Film Club Thursday 22 February, 10.30am – £6

By Tennessee Williams

During the height of the space race, America’s strongest mathematicians were black women, working to get an American satellite into space. With mathematical abilities comparable to ‘human computers’. This incredible story tells the tale of three strong women seeking recognition for their work, whilst fighting barriers of race, gender and class.

NT Live – Encore

Dir: Theodore Melfi / UK / 2016 / 2h 7m

Thursday 22 February, 7.00pm – £15/£13 This production of twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. A bold reimagining… innovative and powerfully acted **** Sunday Times 

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The dream-like clublife of 1980s London provides an hedonistic backdrop for St Leonards production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which celebrates a time when genders were blended, greed was good, shoulder pads were big and hair was bigger. A time when ‘love’ broke many barriers to succeed in a material world.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (15+)

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.

Public Lecture by Professor Eleanor Riley School of Biology Event: International Day of Women and Girls in Science Friday 23 February, 1.00pm FREE but ticketed

This annual public lecture celebrates the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, hosted by the School of Biology. We welcome Professor Eleanor Riley, director of The Roslin Institute, and Dean for Research and Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. Her lecture, Combatting Malaria, discusses how fundamental studies of malaria immunity have the potential to inform the development of new tools to prevent malaria (through vaccines), to treat malaria (with new therapies) and to reduce the spread of malaria (by monitoring malaria control programs and identifying hotspots of ongoing transmission).

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Eden Court, Inverness, presents the world premiere of

The Return


By Ellie Stewart Directed by Philip Howard Saturday 24 February, 7.30pm – £14/£12 France, 1560. In the foothills of the Pyrenees, Bertrande tends to her livestock and mothers her young son, seven years after her husband disappeared. One day a stranger, Arnaud, walks into her life, and before long they decide to present him to the world as her long-lost husband – returned. But is it possible that it really is her husband? Inspired by the true story of Martin Guerre, The Return is a gripping play about the mystery of identity and the survival instinct, and asks whether we can ever truly know even those we love the best. Commissioned and premiered by Eden Court, and written by Ellie Stewart, a rising star of Scottish playwriting, The Return is produced by the same creative team behind Eden Court’s Not About Heroes in 2015. In Howard’s hands, this Eden Court, Inverness production lifts MacDonald’s play out of its own seemingly stiff-upper-lipped roots and invests it with a theatrical richness that gives it gravitas and depth The Herald on Not About Heroes

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Combatting Malaria


La Bohème MET Opera – Encore

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Sunday 25 February, 5.55pm £18.50/£17.50/£14.50 – buy 9, get one FREE The world’s most popular opera returns with an exciting young cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s legendary production from the MET Opera. Poverty-stricken poet Rodolfo and his artist friends eke out a precarious existence in bohemian Paris, alternately practising their art, laughing, quarrelling, dodging the landlord, and living it up in their local cafe. When Rodolfo meets the delicate Mimì, the pair instantly fall in love. But Mimì is ill, Rodolfo is jealous, and their romance is doomed from the start. Opera superstars Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano play the heart-breaking couple, singing two sublime Puccini favourites – Sì, mi chiamano Mimì and Che gelida manina. Zeffirelli’s stupendous onstage recreations of 19th-century Paris are sure to take your breath away.


Sister Act The Musical Tuesday 27 February – Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm & Saturday 3 March, 2.30pm Tuesday all seats £10.00 Wednesday to Saturday all seats £15.00

Music Talk Wednesday 28 February, 2.30pm FREE with tea/coffee and scones A great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon as experts from many different musical fields present their research.

St Andrews Musical Society (SAMS) is in its 78th year and is constantly evolving. This year the society will bring the divine comedy ‘Sister Act’ to the Byre Theatre stage. SAMS membership is diverse: new and long-standing, from Town and Gown with all bringing something unique. This, ensemble show, will rock the theatre with incredible close harmony soul songs and an outrageously funny storyline. Don’t miss this truly uplifting show!

Duration: 2hr 55m (Cast and running time are subject to change)

Parmis Mozafari: Female Singers in Contemporary Iran: 1920s - Present

Byre Film Club Thursday 1 March, 10.30am – £6 This remarkable story stars Brie Larson as Jeannette, a young girl growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her father Rex (Woody Harrelson) is a brilliant and charismatic character but also an alcoholic, alongside her mother Rose Mary (Naomi Watts) who doesn’t want to take on the work of raising a family. During her adolescence, Jeannette’s father forces the family to live a nomadic lifestyle, moving around a series of homes in West Virginia in order to find work. As the oldest sibling, Jeannette decides to try and take charge, confronting their father about the need for change.

Opera Society

Orpheus in the Underworld Sunday 4 March and Monday 5 March, 7.00pm £10/£8/£5 (for Society Members) The University of St Andrews Opera Society presents a fresh and exciting production of Offenbach’s comic classic Orpheus in the Underworld, in English translation. Orpheus and Eurydice struggle through marital woes, the gods get up to mischief, and there’s even time for a can-can before the curtain comes down on this operatic romp.

Paterson (15) Byre Film Club Thursday 8 March, 10.30am – £6 Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, brilliantly performed by Adam Driver (an example of nominative determinism at its finest). A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details from the critically acclaimed Jim Jarmusch. Dir: Jim Jarmusch / 2016 / USA/France/Germany / 1h 58

Dir: Destin Daniel Cretton / USA / 2017 / 2h 7m

Image to come The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am. The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am. Join us for Screen Memories at 12.30pm Stay after the film for a discussion with Screen Memories. Share what you enjoyed, meet other film fans and look at film memorabilia from the late 40s to 80s.

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Films and Artefacts Series – short talk following the film Byre Film Club has teamed up with MUSA to bring you some of your favourite films paired with a short curator’s talk on an associated topic. You’ll have chance to see intriguing objects from behind-the-scenes of the museum. See how the Scottish artist, James Watterston Herald (18591914) captured everyday life in his colourful sketchbooks now held in MUSA’s collection.

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The Glass Castle (12A)


Poetry Café:

Catherine Wilson & Hannah Raymond-Cox

StAnza 2018: 7-11 March

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Over 80 events around St Andrews over five days, with The Byre Theatre as the festival hub. See the full programme at

StAnza Festival Launch

Wednesday 7 March, 6.30pm – FREE New for 2018, a chance to sample selections of poetry and performance, music and film and to celebrate with us as we launch StAnza 2018. Poetry Café:

Vanessa Kisuule

Thursday 8 March, 1.00pm £6.75/£5.50 Warm humour, measured emotion and a sprinkling of bite, all served up along with a lunchtime snack.

Michael Symmons Roberts & Ester Naomi Perquin

Thursday 8 March, 8.00pm & 9.00pm £9.75/£8.00 Poetry Centre Stage: a double bill with the Dutch Poet Laureate and one of Britain’s major prize-winning poets. Supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature

Friday 9 March, 1.00pm – £6.75/£5.50 Lively poetry from two of the best poets to emerge from Scotland’s spoken word scene, served up with a lunchtime snack.

Dr. Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine

Friday 9 March, 3.30pm £5.50/£4.50 Martin Figura returns to StAnza with his new witty and tender show about surviving life’s catastrophes and wounds. Funded by Arts Council England, with support from Norwich Arts Centre and Writers’ Centre Norwich

Poems Aloud

Friday 9 March, 3.30pm – FREE and unticketed Listen as judges choose the best performance of a published poem. St Andrews students interested in taking part should email

Ko Un & Mark Ford

Friday 9 March, 8.00pm & 9.00pm £9.75/£8.00 Poetry Centre Stage: Korea’s leading poet and Nobel prize favourite reads with one of today’s leading poets in the UK. This event is supported by LTI Korea

Poetry Café:

Sara Hirsch

Saturday 10 March, 1.00pm £6.75/£5.50 Join this UK and European slam champion for a lunchtime of fast-moving spoken word. In Performance:

Maud Vanhauwaert, Hinemoana Baker & Ulrike Almut Sandig

Saturday 10 March, 3.30pm – £5.50/4.50 From Belgium, New Zealand and Germany, three exciting voices launch out across boundaries.

Supported by the Goethe-Institut and Flanders Literature

Marie-Elsa Bragg and Don Paterson In Conversation

Saturday 10 March, 3.30pm – £7.50/£5.50 A discussion of the blurred boundaries between poetry and poetic prose and what different genres can learn from each other.

Liz Lochhead & William Letford

Saturday 10 March, 8.00pm & 9.00pm – £9.75/£8.00 Poetry Centre Stage: Scotland’s former National Poet is joined this evening by a fellow Glaswegian making a welcome return to StAnza.

Saturday 10 March, 10.15pm – £4.50/£3.50 MC: Andy Fierens. Knock-out performance poetry at its liveliest and best.

StAnza Masterclass Led by Gillian Allnutt

Sunday 11 March, 11.15am – £4.50/£3.50 Critique and comment on a selection of poems: to submit see details on StAnza’s website or brochure. Poetry Café:

Andy Fierens

Sunday 11 March, 1.00pm £6.75/£5.50 Lunch and verses from one of the liveliest names in Flemish performance poetry. Supported by Flanders Literature

Meet the Artist

Sunday 11 March, 2.15pm FREE and unticketed A chance to meet Johann Reißer, the writer/director who created Catastrophe/Forms. This event is supported by the Goethe-Institut

Catastrophe/Forms: WW1 in 9 Pictures

Sunday 11 March, 3.30pm FREE and unticketed A poetry performance created and arranged by Johann Reißer, performed by the Byre Youth Theatre under the direction of Ashley Foster and Stephen Jones. This event is supported by the Goethe-Institut

Gillian Allnutt

Sunday 11 March, 5.00pm £5.00/£4.00 We welcome an acclaimed Queen’s Gold Medalist who takes to the StAnza stage for the first time.

Imprisoned Poets’ Reading

Sunday 11 March, 6.30pm FREE and unticketed Festival poets read the work of selected imprisoned writers.


Sunday 11 March, 8.00 pm – £5.00/£4.00 Join us for a lively panel and audience discussion bringing together thoughts on the poetry and performances, events and ideas which have interwoven during the festival, plus some poems to take away until next year.

Festival Finale

Sunday 11 March, 9.15pm FREE and unticketed Join the party to see out the festival in style.

StAnza’s Poetry Breakfasts

9, 10 and 11 March, 10.00am – £4.75/£3.75 Start your day with dynamic conversations on topical issues over coffee and pastries.

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Supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and Flanders Literature


A full visual art programme of exhibitions, films and installations, including Paper Journeys from Rachel Hazell, StAnza Artist in Residence 2017/18. Photos: Urszula Soltys, Lenny Oosterwijk, Perry Jonsson, Tyrone Lewis, Dave Gutteridge, Mercy Ford, Noortje Palmers, Leonardo Carta, Wolfgang Frank, Alistair Cook, Chris Scott, Charlie De Keersmacker, Phyllis Christopher.

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The StAnza Slam


Semiramide MET Opera – Encore Sunday 11 March, 5.55pm £18.50/£17.50/£14.50 – buy 9, get one FREE

Gary Clarke Company

Coal (12+)

Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 March, 7.30pm – £14/£12 Winner of UK Theatre Award Achievement in Dance & Critics’ Circle National Dance Award Best Independent Company. Post Show Discussion on Tuesday 13 March

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Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/85 British Miners’ strike, award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL, a powerful and emotional dance theatre show about life at the coal face. It brings together Clarke’s striking physical language performed by seven professional dancers, a local cast of women and a live brass band, in a story about community, solidarity and survival.

‘An absorbing, immediate slice of history rendered with the kind of emotional truth that deepens its impact as popular entertainment.’ **** The Times For videos, interviews, photos and full info about the show go to Against the backdrop of the Hanging Gardens, Semiramide, Queen of Babylon, defies bad omens and supernatural threats in her quest to find a worthy successor to her late husband. But she harbours more than one dark secret, and whoever gains the throne may find that he has lost more than he has won. Based on a story by Voltaire, this rarely performed tragic opera reveals The Barber of Seville composer Giaochino Rossini in a whole new light. The title role — composed for Rossini’s wife, Isabella Colbran — features some of the most demanding vocal music he ever wrote. Angela Meade takes on the challenging vocal fireworks in this revival of a production last seen at the Met 25 years ago. Duration: 3h 50m (Cast and running time subject to change)

Special thanks to The Byre Theatre, the Stirling Pit Women and our GoFundMe contributors for making the performances in St Andrews possible.

Lunchtime Concert

Concussion (12A)

J.S. Bach’s 333rd birthday

Byre Film Club

Wednesday 14 March, 1.10pm £3/FREE to Music Centre Members

Thursday 15 March, 10.30am – £6

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Dir: Peter Landesman / 2015 / USA / 2h 03m

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Kirsty Main (baroque violin) Sean Heath (harpsichord) Kellie Consort member Kirsty Main joins Sean Heath in music by Johann Sebastian Bach and two other composers born in 1685, Georg Friedrich Händel and Domenico Scarlatti. The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.

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In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. Will Smith stars in this dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs Goliath story of the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.


Film Blitz Festival Screening

You’ve Got a Friend

Thursday 15 March, 7.00pm Free – max two tickets only per person

The Music of James Taylor and Carole King

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The 60 hour Film Blitz is an annual community filmmaking competition and festival run by the Department of Film Studies, University of St Andrews. Now in its 8th year, the Film Blitz festival challenges St Andrews filmmakers – whatever their experience, from first-timers to old hands – to plan, produce and complete a short film in just 60 hours. This event brings all the entrants together for a screening: expect comedy, drama, the occasional continuity error, and discover how creative everyone in St Andrews can be!

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March, 7.30pm – £19

From the creators of the smash hit West End show The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes a brand new theatre experience celebrating two of the World’s greatest songwriters of all time – James Taylor and Carole King. Telling the delicate story of friendship, this musical journey intertwines all the hits including I Feel The Earth Move, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), Fire & Rain, You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman) and the beautiful You’ve Got a Friend.

Allo Allo Wednesday 21 - Saturday 24 March, 7.30pm Saturday 24 and 31 March, 2.30pm Tuesday 27 - Saturday 31 March, 7.30pm £13 Listen very carefully, we’ll say it only once: It’s the 1940 and French café owner Rene and his wife are trying to hide two British Airmen from the Nazi Generals, as well as a special portrait of the fallen Madonna concealed in sausage in the cellar. Complete with all the favourite characters from the 80s original, whether you’re a die-hard fan of ‘Allo ‘Allo or have never seen an episode, a night of one liners, and hilarious gags await.

Jane Eyre (PG) Byre Film Club Thursday 22 March, 10.30am – £6 Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre has been turning girls into women for centuries, and this adaption (one of more than two dozen for the screen) doesn’t disappoint. A charismatic cast including Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench and Sally Hawkins brings the story to the screen in this recent retelling of the much loved classic tale.

Julius Caesar (12+) By William Shakespeare

NT Live – Encore Thursday 22 March, 7.00pm – £15/£13

Dir: Cary Joji Fukunag / 2011 / UK/USA / 2h

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.

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Nicholas Hytner directs a new take on the Shakespeare classic. Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production thrusts the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.  

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The Guizards


National Theatre of Scotland

How to Act (14+)

Written and directed by Graham Eatough Friday 23 March, 8.00pm – £14/£12

Internationally-renowned theatre director Anthony Nicholl has travelled the globe on a life-long quest to discover the true essence of theatre. Today he gives a masterclass. Demonstrating first-hand, the methods he cultivated in Africa and cultures throughout the world. Promise, an aspiring actress, has been hand-picked to participate. What unfolds between them forces Nicholl to question all of his assumptions about his life and art. How to Act explores the contemporary realities of personal, cultural and economic exploitation through two individuals drawn together in the theatre. Both believe in truth, but each has their own version of it.

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a compelling plot, thought-provoking lessons, and radical structure all at once ***** All Edinburgh Theatre absorbing, challenging and clever **** Edinburgh Guide

Mandella – Long Walk The Letter J Grandad and Me (5+) to Freedom (12A) Friday 30 March, 2.00pm – £8 Thursday 29 March, 10.30am – £6 Idris Elba and Naomi Harris step into the shoes of the former South African president Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie, in this biopic from director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) from a script by Williams Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands). Based on Mandela’s autobiography, this epic new film chronicles his early life, education and 27 years imprisonment before his election as South Africa’s president and his work to heal the country’s once-segregated society. Dir: Justin Chadwick / 2013 /UK/South Africa / 2h 21m

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am. Join us for Screen Memories at 12.30pm Stay after the film for a discussion with Screen Memories. Share what you enjoyed, meet other film fans and look at film memorabilia from the late 40s to 80s.

Grandad and Me is a living storybook about loss, longing and the treasures of memory and imagination. We meet a young girl who is missing her Grandad – he has gone, even though his favourite job was being her Grandad. Led by found objects and her imagination, she traces his footsteps on a magical adventure through time and space. A luscious-looking and tremendously moving show **** Scotsman Gorgeously detailed and nostalgic set, wonderful live music and beautifully simple projected animation. **** Herald **** The Times Duration: 40mins

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Così Fan Tutte

Little Light (5+)

MET Opera – Encore

Directed by Symon Macintyre, design by Kim Bergsagel with performers from Haya Theatre Company, Amman

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Sunday 1 April, 5.55pm £18.50/£17.50/£14.50 – buy 9, get one FREE Goaded by their cynical friend Don Alfonso, soldiers Ferrando and Guglielmo decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity. Pretending to leave with their regiment, they return in disguise and pay court to each other’s lover. Will the young women succumb to the charms of these two handsome ‘foreigners’? A co-production with English National Opera, this clever vision of the battle of the sexes is set in a carnivalesque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. The cast features Amanda Majeski and Serena Malfi as the sisters put to the test, with Broadway star Kelli O’Hara as their feisty maid, Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as their fiancés, and Christopher Maltman as Don Alfonso. David Robertson conducts Mozart’s delightful score. Duration: 4h (Cast and running time subject to change)

Monday 2 April, 11.00am and 2.00pm – £8 A beautiful, visual show about friendship, trust, and a little boy who is lonely. Join us on a lush cushion in a magical, Bedouin tent to immerse yourself in a world of dance, shadow puppetry, table-top puppetry, object theatre and projections as we experience this cultural fusion of Arabic and Scottish theatre and music. The production has been made possible through the support of Creative Scotland and British Council Jordan.

Apollo 13 (PG)

Blue Angels

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Byre Film Club

Thursday 5 April, 7.30pm – £10/£8

Wednesday 4 April, 1.10pm £3/FREE to Music Centre Members

Thursday 5 April, 10.30am – £6

Founded in 2007, the Blue Angels are St Andrew’s University’s competitive dance team who perform and compete in competitions all around the UK. The Blue Angels became World Champions at the IDF World Championships held in Bellaria, Italy of July 2015 achieving two 1st places! Consisting of 4 teams and over 30 dancers, the Blue Angels specialise in a variety of styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and HipHop. The Blue Angel Spring Gala 2018 showcases a number of styles and routines, including our award winning competition pieces. Come along and join the Blue Angels Dance Team in sharing their creativity, enthusiasm and love for dance!

Houston, we have a problem. Apollo 13 follows The USA’s last mission to the moon, a treacherous expedition fraught with difficulty. When radios hit blackout and a safe return is no longer an option, the crew must come together to face adversity as the world watches, powerlessly, on. This masterfully told drama stars Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon, who take us on a journey through an iconic moment in modern history. Dir: Ron Howard /1995 / USA / 2h 20m

Nikita Naumov (double bass) Fali Pavri (piano)

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.

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Lunchtime Concert

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Ensemble Hesperi Wednesday 11 April, 1.10pm £3/FREE to Music Centre Members

Mary-Jannet Leith (recorders) Thomas Allery (harpsichord)

Deepwater Horizon (12A) Byre Film Club Thursday 12 April, 10.30am – £6 Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson star in this epic disaster movie, based on the real events of 2010 when a catastrophic technical failure caused Gulf of Mexico drilling rig Deepwater Horizon to experience a sudden, devastating blow out. The film tells the story of electrician Mike Williams (Wahlberg) and the rest of the crew as they face a desperate fight to survive. With the tragedy unfolding live on TV, Mike’s wife Felicia (Hudson) is left to look on helplessly, unsure if she will see her husband again. The starry cast also includes Kurt Russell, John Malkovich and Gina Rodriguez. Dir: Peter Berg / 2016 / Hong King/USA / 1h 47m

‘The Phesant’s Eye’: Musical Delights from the Scottish Baroque Recorder player Mary-Jannet Leith and harpsichordist Thomas Allery explore some late 17th and early 18th century sonatas by composers from Edinburgh and Aberdeen. In addition to music by John Reid and William McGibbon, the programme will include James Oswald’s Airs for all Seasons: a set of character pieces named after plants which flower in each season of the year.

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.  

Luisa Miller

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MET Opera – Encore Sunday 15 April, 5.55pm £18.50/£17.50/£14.50 – buy 9, get one FREE Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met career with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Duration: 4h, Sung in Italian with English subtitles (Cast and running time subject to change)

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Lunchtime Concert


Scottish Dance Theatre

Fleur Darkin’s Innocence

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Friday 13 April, 11.00am, £8/£6 Especially for children aged 3+ (and their adults)

A unique playroom performance, Innocence invites little ones (and their adults), to explore William Blake’s imagination and enter a realm of mystery, fun and adventure. Innocence is a magical theatrical journey led by Scottish Dance Theatre’s captivating dancers, with live music, songs, giggles and animal noises by Paul Bradley. A beautiful and engaging dance experience for young ones, their families and friends.

‘positively perfect introduction to dance’ **** The Scotsman ‘Dazzling…an infectious sense of fun and excitement’ **** The Times Duration: 50 mins

Ubu Roi The St Andrews Performing Arts Fund Performance Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 April, 7:30pm – £8 Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi caused riots in the audiences of its early performances in Paris. It is a sweeping farce full of toilet humour and cynicism, which inspired the aesthetics of Dada, Surrealism, and the Theatre of the Absurd. In this new version by Ryan Hay and director Gabrielle Uboldi, we follow the Ubu Empire from formation to its bitter end. It’s a scatological satire on leadership and excess, innovatively presented through hip hop, film, and incorporating an original score by local DJ Marcus Cork-Keeling.

The Ladykillers (U) Byre Film Club Wild Card Thursday 19 April, 10.30am – £6

Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Princess Ida

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Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April, 7.30pm Saturday 21 April, 2.30pm £12/£10

A warm and darkly witty Ealing Studios production, starring Alec Guinness in one of his most famous roles alongside Peter Sellers , Cecil Parker, Jack Warner, Katie Johnson as the old lady and a young Frankie Howerd. Dir: Alexander Mackendrick / 1955 / UK / 1h 31m

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.

Containing some of Sullivan’s catchiest melodies, this sunny, funny musical comedy concerns the marriage of two royal babies. Move forward twenty years and Prince Hilarion is keen to be reunited with his now adult wife, the Princess Ida. Unfortunately her quarrelsome father has hidden her away in a women’s only university where even the morning cock crow is managed by a talented hen. So Hilarion is forced to don a dress and even wield a sword to win his wife. Gilbert and Sullivan’s much loved satire of the founding of women’s colleges and Darwinian Theory remains as biting as ever, and will delight both avid fans of G&S and newcomers alike. The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of the University of St Andrews has been performing in St Andrews for over forty years. Known for sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Come-andSing Days’, adaptions of rarely performed work and five star productions, the society remains one of the leading university G&S societies in the UK and a favourite amongst Fife audiences.

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Lunchtime Concert

Lion (PG)

Sunday 22 April, 10.00am – £30

Scholarship Students

Byre Film Club

Founded in 1984, TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas usually in the form of short powerful talks. Today the conference covers a whole host of topics, from science and business to global solutions and photography. At its core, TEDx University of St Andrews aims to provide a platform for individuals who have an idea worth spreading, working with the town and the University to inspire new and original ideas for a better future and achieve this by hosting an annual conference and this year the theme is Think Again. TEDx University of St Andrews is an independent organisation run by a dedicated team of students from the University of St Andrews. Hailing from a range of disciplines, from chemistry to social anthropology, sharing a common goal of delivering an event which inspires people to think creatively and effect change in their communities.

Wednesday 25 April, 1.10pm £3/FREE to Music Centre Members

Thursday 26 April, 10.30am – £6

The final lunchtime concert of the academic year showcases student talent from the University Music Centre.

Lion is the moving story of Saroo, separated from his family in India under the most hopeless of circumstances at the age of just five. After spending time living on the unforgiving streets of Calcutta, he is adopted by a Tasmanian family who teach him English and offer a new life in Australia. 25 year later he sets out on a seemingly impossible journey to find his birth family in India. Saroo’s story is stunning told in this incredible film which includes powerful performances by Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Dir: Garth Davis / 2017 /UK / 1h 58m

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.

On The Town: A Bernstein Centenary Celebration Friday, April 27, 7.30pm £10/£8/£5 for Society Members

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Dyad Productions

The Time Machine Saturday 28 April, 7.30pm – £14/£12 From the creators of Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Christmas Gothic, I, Elizabeth, Dalloway, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe and Austen’s Women. 2018: In this age of uncertainty, where the shadows of tyranny, intolerance and war darken the path into tomorrow, how much time do we have left? If civilisation falls today, what will become of us? In Rebecca Vaughan and Elton Townend Jones’ new and radical interpretation of the HG Wells classic, a Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future – from the fall of man to the end of the world. Can we change the future? Or has the end already begun? Terrific… grips the imagination… ideas spit off the narrative like sparks from a welder’s torch **** Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

In celebration of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the University of St Andrews Opera Society and Just So Society present a selection of stunning performances from university musicians. Showcasing some of his most recognizable show-tunes, operas, and symphonies, this evening of soaring music celebrates the prolific composer’s lasting impact. Featuring hits like New York, New York, West Side Story, and Candide, this is a night On the Town you won’t want to miss!

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Opera Society and The Just So Musical Theatre Society present


Cendrillon Met Opera – Encore

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Sunday 29 April, 5.55pm £18.50/£17.50/£14.50 – buy 9, get one FREE

‘Glorious,’ raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. ‘Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.’ Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production. Duration: 2h 47m. Sung in French with English subtitles. (Cast and running time subject to change)

Dance Club – 50th Anniversary Show Monday 30 April, 7.30pm Tuesday 1 May, 7.30pm – £8 The Dance Club of the University of St Andrews returns with their annual vibrant display show. Featuring 11 styles of dance from ballet to hip hop, choreographed by over 20 choreographers, this show is a true celebration of all the club has achieved over the past half century. This show also features the University’s competitive, award-winning dance team, the Blue Angels as well as Highland Fusion and special guests.  

The Monster and Mary Shelley Wednesday 2 May, 7.30pm – £10/£12

On The Town (U)

The Bob Dylan Story

Byre Film Club

(Please note: under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

Thursday 3 May, 10.30am – £6 It was Aristotle who once said that the best drama takes place in one day and one place. Uniting Aristotle’s unities, sailors, Gabey, Chip and Ozzie begin their 24 hour Shore Leave in New York, New York. When a poster of “Miss Turnstiles”, catches Gabey’s attention, the three of them embark on a quest to find the girl behind the poster, falling in love along the way. With hit songs including New York New York and stellar performances from Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, this film is a Technicolor gem, packed with glorious surprises. Dirs: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly /1949 /USA / 1h 35m

An outlandish trip through the mind of one of English literature’s most influential imaginations. The Monster and Mary Shelley is an atmospheric, moving, and at times darkly comic exploration of fear. Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing, contemporary cinematic score, the production explores the life of Mary Shelley – the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.

The screening starts at 10.30am. Don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary tea, coffee and cream scone served from 10.00am.

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Friday 4 May, 7.30pm – £18 The live concert celebration of a rock n roll legend. Bob and ‘The Band’ transport you back to the Nobel prize-winner’s glory days with a truly authentic and affectionate show, complete with evocative visuals. The hits, along with some of the tales behind them, are captured to perfection with a story arc that starts with JFK’s inauguration speech and includes his tragic assassination in 1963, in a veritable tour de force produced by, and starring, bona fide Dylan fans. Experience the thrill and energy of a full-blown electric Dylan concert planted firmly in the 1960s, a time when anything seemed possible.

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The Occasion


Starcatchers and Hazel Darwin-Clements present:

Fred MacAuly: 30 Years On

Saturday 5 May 11.30am and 2.30pm – £5 For children aged 2-5 and their grown ups

Sunday 6 May, 8.00pm – £15/£13

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The Attic

The Herald

The Attic was created by Hazel Darwin-Clements during the Inspire Project at the Byre Theatre.

Fisk (14+)

Tuesday 8 May, 8.00pm – £12/£10 Weaving puppetry, movement and intricate design to create world class visual theatre. Fisk draws audiences into an atmospheric and immersive world, on a journey which will find joy in even the deepest and darkest of depths. Amidst a vast, cascading ocean, a tiny boat is tossed through rolling waves and thundering storms, a speck amidst turbulent seas. Steadily rowing forward into nothingness is a man, driven by despair. He looks out as the darkness looms and prepares himself to leap... But before he can jump out, something else jumps in. Fisk is a story of a man and a fish, and the unexpected impact they have upon one another.

Grandma and Lucy are up in the attic where all the memories are stored. Hidden in dusty containers at the top of the house, they have been waiting a long time to come out and play. Set to a live, original piano score, join our two playful characters as they discover a magical place filled with hidden treasures. Little ones and their carers are invited to watch and then join in an extravagant tea party under the stars.

‘Spell-binding fun for little ones.’

Tortoise in a Nutshell in co-production with Teater Katapult

On the 19th May 1988, a young(ish) Fred MacAulay made his stand-up debut at the Mayfest So You Think You’re Funny competition in Glasgow with 5 minutes of his own comedy material. Much of what Fred talked about that night was about his (VERY) young family coupled with his wry observations about society and politics. These are themes which fans of Fred will be familiar with. His observations have led him to success on television and radio, as well as on the live circuit and at Festivals far and wide. We know Fred from QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week on television, as well as Radio 4’s The Newsquiz, Unbelievable Truth and Just A Minute… as well as his 2017 stand up show Fred at the Stand.


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An ambitious programme of events marking the centenary of the ending of World War 1, from May until Armistice Day 2018, including exciting new theatrical events, exhibitions, discussions and films.

Plus‌ Gary Lamont: Dropping the Soap! Spatz & Co Showband 2018 Byre Opera Byre Film Club Lunchtime Concerts The Story of The Beach Boys

Box Office: 01334 475000 /

While I breathe, I hope

40Byre Theatre The Byre Theatre is a vibrant artistic and cultural hub in the heart of St Andrews and home to a packed programme of performances, exhibitions and events all year round. The Byre is open daily from 10.00am.

To book:

Box Office: 01334 475000 /

• Box Office is open Monday to Saturday, 10.00am – 4.30pm, or until the start of the performance. • You can book in person at Box Office during opening hours. • Book by telephone during Box Office opening hours on 01334 475000. • Book online at • Ask our Box Office team for details of audio described and British Sign Language signed performances.

Byre Café Bar Open from 10.00am, serving delicious home baking, light bites and fabulous pre-theatre meals.

To reserve a table: • Book in person in the Byre Café Bar. • Book by telephone on 01334 468807. • Book by emailing – • Please note that booking isn’t always necessary.

Find us: The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LA

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