The On The Rocks Arts festival has returned for its ninth consecutive year, running from 31st March 9th April. On The Rocks has grown over the years to become the second largest student-run arts festival in the UK and the largest in Scotland where artists can demonstrate their talents. Its diverse programme brought something for everyone, both students and lifelong Fifers, with 50 events including the likes of comedy, theatre, musicals, poetry and much more.
Festival Director, Charlotte Haswell-West, said: “On The Rocks allows the St Andrews community, and the larger Fife area, the opportunity to come together and define what art means to them. To some, art comes from thoroughly rehearsed pieces seen on a stage. To others, art is more interpretative. Whatever definition, On The Rocks offers events to watch, to enjoy, and even to participate in, such as a ceilidh in the grounds of St Andrews Castle.”
This year boundaries were also pushed with an evolving mural being moved to a different location throughout the course of the festival to allow the whole community to leave its mark. ‘Found’ was a series of dance performances put on by Dancesoc at different undisclosed locations in the town highlighting that art can be present anywhere.
Sponsors this year included: The Adamson, Blackhorn, Lightbox St Andrews, Spoiled Hairdressing, The Byre Theatre, The Union, The Student Project Fund, The Ents Crew and The Antony Tudor Drama Fund. Support was also offered by patrons in the field of the arts including: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Joanna Lumley, Dame Judy Dench, Sir Sean Connery, Siobhan Redmond, Dame Helen Mirren and Crispin Bonham-Carter.
Venues included several local St Andrews restaurants and cafes as well as the Barron Theatre and The Byre Theatre which also operated as the festival box office.