Gaelic Panto

Fèisean nan Gàidheal creates and tours a new Gaelic panto every year.

2015 was the eighth successive year that Fèisean nan Gàidheal put together a winter show for children in Gaelic medium education.


Marsaili agus a’ bhleideag airgid – Marsaili and the Silver Snowflake

Over the first two weeks of December the show travelled over 1,200 miles, visiting cities, towns and villages throughout the country. Unfortunately it is not possible to visit all GM units in any one year but as the Panto is an annual event, Fèisean nan Gàideal hopes to visit all Gaelic units and schools within a few years.

This year the hour long show was staged in 17 different schools/venues with a further 26 schools being invited to attend neighbouring schools to enjoy the show together. The cast of 4 – Ellen Macdonald, Catriona Nicolson, Iain Beggs and Angus Macleod – are well experienced actors and singers, some enjoying celebrity through the current Gaelic soap opera, Bannan. Director of this year’s panto was Davey Walker and costume design was by Laura Cowie.


“The children all LOVED the pantomime, it was a great success.”

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the panto this morning –it was very funny and the language was pitched at an appropriate level for all. The actors were great too!”

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the pupils all enthused about the performance. Feedback from both pupils and staff was that it was really good and we welcome having any Gaelic experience for our children in the North East of Scotland. Seeing the language used in action helps to develop pupils understanding and daily usage as a living language.”


Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes

  • Experiencing the energy and excitement of being part of an audience for other people’s performances
  • Enhancing and enriching learning through partnerships with professional arts companies, creative adults and cultural organisations
  • Developing an understanding of what is special, vibrant and valuable about what is, for the majority of Highland pupils, their own and culture and their language
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