St Andrews will become a centre of creativity this weekend (14 April 2012) as University of St Andrews students take over the town for their annual ambitious arts festival.
One of the highlights of the University’s 600th Anniversary celebrations the festival, now in its fourth year, showcases the very best in new Scottish and student talent. With the support of patrons including Sir Sean Connery and Dame Judi Dench, the week-long event (14–22 April) showcases the very best of student drama, music, dance, comedy, art and film in ten venues across St Andrews.
From Shakespeare’s Macbeth being performed in the stunning remains of St Andrews Castle to Sitara the Asian fashion show; the festival offers art that is new, experimental, diverse and innovative.
Launched in 2009, the festival attracts performers, exhibitors and participants from across the UK and beyond.
Amongst the highlights of this year’s On The Rocks are; the Half Cut Film Festival, the nation’s largest student film festival, a performance of American classic The Breakfast Club, the St Andrews Review comedy sketch show, and a celidh.
Festival Director Meg Platt said: “We can’t think of a better way to spend a week of your time than with On the Rocks. Most of all I hope that everyone enjoys this festival as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.”
The festival has the support of James Bond star Sir Sean Connery and fellow St Andrews’ honorary graduates Dame Judi Dench, Dame Helen Mirren and Joanna Lumley, as well as former students Crispin Bonham Carter and Siobhan Redmond, and British actor Simon Pegg.
On the Rocks is part of the St Andrews year of Celebration 2012, showcasing the town and surrounding area’s vibrant culture. St Andrews recently won a Creative Place Award in recognition of the area’s creative and cultural output, including the University of St Andrews’ strong contribution to the practice and understanding of the Arts.
For listings and ticket information visit: www.ontherocksfestival.com