Gaelic Play Brings Story of Syrian Conflict To Schools in Lewis

After a six week national tour of Le Meas (Yours Sincerely), a Gaelic play aimed at Gaelic-speaking children in upper primary, culminates this week in the Isle of Lewis with visits to seven Gaelic primary schools on the island.

The play, produced through Meanbh-chuileag, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s theatre-in-education project,  tells the story of an online friendship between two teenagers, a Scottish girl, Eilidh, played by Catriona Nicolson and a Syrian girl, Maram, played by Beth Frieden.   During the play the impact of the Syrian civil war on Maram is highlighted and Eilidh’s misconceptions about life in Syria are challenged.  Through Eilidh’s interactions with the audience, ways to support those affected by the crisis in Syria are explored.

‘Le Meas’ is based on a play originally written by Mairi Kidd and was toured through the Meanbh-chuileag project in 2007.   The original was concerned with Afghanistan; this year the play has been re-interpreted to set it in the context of the Syrian conflict.  The director is Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer, Angus Macleod.

Funding for the Meanbh-chuileag theatre-in-education projects is gratefully received from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

For more information about Le Meas, the tour and Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s other Gaelic medium drama projects, contact Angus Macleod on 01463 225559 or e-mail angus@feisean.org

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