New Gaelic Play Gets Young Audiences Into Shapes

A thirteen-day tour of Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Gaelic language play ‘Cumaidhean Ceòlmhor’ (Musical Shapes) began with performances at Whinhill Primary, Greenock and Sandbank Primary near Dunoon on Monday 13th March.

Suitable for young children of nursery and lower primary age, the two characters in the play, Hùb and Hàb, introduce the children to shapes using Gaelic song, music and a friendly pirate called Seonaidh.

This tour of the play will run until Wednesday 29th March with performances at schools and nurseries in Greenock, Dunoon, Islay, Oban, Appin, Glasgow, Cumbernauld, Bishopbriggs, East Kilbride, Kilmarnock, Edinburgh and Falkirk. It is hoped that the play will be toured in other regions of the country later on in the year.

Although most of the performances will be for Gaelic speakers, pupils learning Gaelic will have the opportunity to enjoy the show when it visits several primary schools in Islay and Falkirk.

The play features Gaelic speaking actors Ellen MacDonald (Hùb) and Murray Willis (Hàb). Ellen is well-known as an award-winning Gaelic singer and performs with Gaelic super group Dàimh. Hailing from Lismore, Murray is a talented accordion player and tutor and was a Finalist in 2016’s BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The play showcases the musical talents of both performers.

It was written and directed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer, Angus Macleod, with musical direction from Eilidh Mackenzie, Fèisgoil Manager. Together they developed original songs and music for the play. The set and props were produced by Shannon White and the costumes by Laura Cowie.

The Hùb Hàb early years years theatre-in-education project is delivered through Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Fèisgoil service and made possible by funding received from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Creative Scotland.

This play and tour build on the success of ‘Hùb Hàb air Ghleus’ (Hùb Hàb in Tune) which was toured across the country last year.

For more information about Hùb Hàb or any of Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s other drama projects contact Angus Macleod on 01463 225 559 or angus@feisean.org

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