Gaelic Drama Summer School

The 2018 Gaelic Drama Summer School will take place in Portree between Monday 2nd and Saturday 14th of July.  Gaelic speaking teenagers aged between 13 and 18 at the time of the School are welcome to apply.

School Format

There are two options available to this year’s applicants – 6 days or 12 days.

  • The 6 day option will begin on the afternoon of Monday 2nd July and finish on the morning of Sunday 8th July.  It will cost £100*.
  • The 12 day option will also begin on Monday 2nd July but will finish on the morning of Saturday 14th July.  It will cost £150*.

* If financial assistance is required for the School fee your parent/ guardian can be contacted directly to discuss.   Your information will be treated confidentially.

The timetable for the first week of workshops and activities will be the same for all participants.  Those taking part in the 12 day programme will participate in at least one public performance at the end of the School, showcasing the pieces they’ve developed.
If residential places available at the School become limited, priority will be given to applicants registering for the 12 day option.

Application form
To apply for a place at this year’s Gaelic Drama Summer School simply fill in the online application form.


If you have any questions about the Gaelic Drama Summer School please contact Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer Angus Macleod  by e-mail on or phone 01463 225 559.

What is the Gaelic Drama Summer School?
Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Gaelic Drama Summer School provides an excellent opportunity for Gaelic speaking teenagers interested in developing acting skills for stage and screen.

The School is residential and will be held in Portree during the school summer holidays. Participants will receive tuition in a wide variety of drama skills in a fun environment.

No previous drama or acting experience is necessary to apply.

What age do I have to be to apply?
The School welcomes applications from Gaelic speakers aged between 13 and 18.

What’s on offer at the Gaelic Drama Summer School?
Participants will receive training in a wide range of skills, including acting, voice, movement, creative skills and general stagecraft from a varied line-up of actors and other members of the Gaelic Arts community. Drama pieces will be developed during the workshops giving participants the opportunities to showcase their work  at the end of the Summer School with at least one public performance.

Participants will be accommodated at the Portree High School Hostel, with all meals provided. A team of supervisors will be on hand at all times.

DNA by SSD2015


Film making
In addition to a stage performance, during the first week participants also get the opportunity to develop and produce a short Gaelic film for FilmGMG ALBA’s Gaelic short film competition.

Seonaidh Dubh le SSD2017

Faigh Wi-Fi! le SSD2016

Faigh Wi-Fi! by SSD2016’s for FilmG2017 short film competition won the award for Best Film in the youth category.

Gaol an t-Samhraidh by SSD2015

The opportunity to make short films is possible through the equipment provided by FilmG.

An archive of the short films submitted to the FilmG competition is available here:
Sgoil Shamhraidh Dràma Shorts

Sgoil Shamhraidh Dràma is funded by Bòrd na GàidhligHighlands and Islands EnterpriseCreative Scotland and the Highland Council.

Creative Scotland The Scottish Government Highlands and Islands Enterprise Bòrd na Gaidhlig Highland Council Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Argyll & Bute Council