On The Rocks Festival Programme Announced
On The Rocks, Scotland’s entirely student-run arts festival returns to St Andrews next week for it’s fourth year running with a fantastic programme taking place across several venues against the stunning backdrop of the historic university town. Celebrating the outstanding local talent on offer, the festival runs over 9 days starting on Saturday 14th, showcasing a variety of prize-winning and student-penned drama, music from traditional to rock to opera, dance and fashion from around the world, comedy from popular acts St Andrews Revue and Blind Mirth, as well as open workshops and free classes exploring performance, art and cookery.
The On the Rocks Half-Cut film festival will be hosting a film workshop with a special Q & A session led by industry professionals before it’s now famous red-carpet awards night where the winners of the Half-Cut film competition will be announced in the vintage-Hollywood surroundings of the New Picture House cinema.
The festival is making the most of the St Andrews’ rich cultural heritage, with special performances of the ultimate Scottish play Macbeth in the crumbling ruins of the 12th century castle and a Charities summer fair in St Mary’s quadrangle, the site of the School of Divinity and where Mary Queen of Scots is said to have planted the mythical thorn tree in the centre. Gastronomic university Society, Fine Food & Dining will be opening up their prestigious cooking classes to everyone at the St Andrews Episcopal Church, while the University’s Madrigal Group will be performing a free concert of English and French renaissance music in St Salvator’s Chapel. The festival will finish with a traditional evening Ceilidh back in the magnificent surroundings ofSt Andrews castle.
Local businesses are also joining in the festival fun; Gateway Galleries opposite the Old Course are holding a free open-drawing session as part of the ‘Still Life – 100 years of the Bell Pettigrew Museum of National History’ exhibition. The Byre Theatre are staging a number of performances including Pulitzer-prize winning Glengarry Glen Ross and a devised-dance piece Around the World of Dance, plus sketch-comedy from Blind Mirth improvised comedy group and a vivid re-imagining of the classic operetta Princess Ida.
The On The Rocks Festival is one of the highlights of the University 600th Anniversary celebrations and is a key event in the St Andrews Year of Celebration – showcasing the town’s outstanding contribution toScotland’s cultural landscape as part of Year of Creative Scotland 2012.