WITH the latest Scottish Government update giving no new direction on large gatherings, there will continue to be uncertainty for some time within the world of theatres and it is affecting a major local facility.

In light of this, ONFife has moved to create stability by announcing that its theatre programme in all its venues will be postponed until spring 2021, which means the Lochgelly Centre theatre will be affected.

The decision reflects the need for ONFife to be able to plan ahead with confidence and to provide customers, loyal local amateur companies, professional companies and promoters, with the clarity that will allow them to make decisions regarding their own programmes.

The likes of Lochgelly And District Amateur Musical Association and the Nardone Academy of Performing Arts, had between them, three big shows cancelled over the past month.

"With so much uncertainty around us in the sector we have moved to take the lead and create stability with this decision," said Michelle Sweeney, Director of Creative Development for ONFife.

"It was a difficult call but I’m confident that it is the right one for now. It is not possible to fully anticipate how social distancing guidelines will change but it has been looking increasingly unlikely that we would be able to re-open theatres this autumn as we'd hoped".

Added Michelle: "We will continue to review Government guidelines and are poised to review our position should they change considerably, but in the meantime the decision to postpone until spring 2021 allows us to provide clarity and support to all those with whom we engage."

ONFife has been in contact with local groups and professional companies directly and continues to liaise closely with them, using this time to further strengthen and develop relationships.

Customers with tickets for shows will be contacted by Box Office staff.