Argyll and Lochaber Gaelic Drama Festival
Gaelic-medium Primary Schools from across Argyll and Lochaber will come together in the Corran Halls in Oban from 11.30am on Wednesday 27 March to show off their pupils' stage talents. The eighth annual Fèis Dràma Earra-Ghàidheal is Loch Abar (The Argyll and Lochaber Gaelic Drama Festival) will see a contrasting mixture of plays performed by all ages of primary children, with subjects including weddings, Egyptians, emigration and alien tourists.
Dougie Beck, Fèisean nan Gàidheal's Drama Development Officer, who has been conducting many of the festival's in-school preparatory workshops, said: "Fèisean nan Gàidheal has been running this project for since 2006, and we are delighted that so many schools are yet again coming on board. This year we have over 100 pupils from 6 schools participating in the project, some of whom have taken part every year of their school lives, and it is very apparent that they have benefited greatly from their involvement. In many cases it is the children themselves who have devised, researched and written the plays, meaning that they pick up a huge range of skills through participating in the drama festival."
Although it is not a competition, the performance day in the Corran Halls will see a panel of experts critically examine the schools' efforts on the stage, and will give feedback and useful pointers in a light-hearted way. Dougie Beck said: "We brought in the panel of experts in response to demand from schools; although we have deliberately shied away from holding a competitive event, we feel that it is important that schools get feedback of some kind on the day. Pupils, teachers and parents work very hard to put these plays on the stage, and it's good to be able to give them some validation that their efforts are going in the right direction!"
More information about the day may be obtained from Christine MacIntyre on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07769 637754.
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Drama Skills Provision for Young Gaelic Speakers
The Fèisean nan Gàidheal drama team provide a drama skills service for Gaelic Medium Primary Schools.
The project consists of a series of workshops to be delivered regularly throughout the year and see participating pupils receive tuition in a wide variety of drama skills through the medium of Gaelic .
In the 2011-2012 the project was delivered in primary schools in Skye and Lochalsh, the Uists and Lewis and Harris.
Drama in the Western Isles
Between the end of October and the beginning of December 2011, 206 pupils from three schools in North Uist and Benbecula took part in the project; Paible School, Cairinis School and Balivanich School.
In April and May, primary schools in Lewis and Harris got the opportunity to take part in the project too. Laxdale Primary School, Sgoil an Rubha, Sgoil an Taobh Siar, Breasclete Primary School, Leverhulme Memorial School and Shelibost Primary School with 126 pupils taking part all together.
Gaelic Radio Play Workshops
Fèisean nan Gàidheal also deliver Gaelic radio play workshops.
A series of Gaelic radio play workshops delivered by Fèisean nan Gàidheal in 2009/2010 resulted in 10 new plays produced in partnership with the BBC which were then broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal's youth magazine programme Aileag, which can be heard every Friday afternoon at 4pm and then repeated at 12pm on Saturday.
The radio plays can be listened online by visiting Aileag's 'clips' webpage.
Details of the participating schools and links to their plays are listed below:
Gaelic Radio Plays broadcast in 2010
In 2009-2010 Fèisean nan Gàidheal worked with pupils from Edinburgh, the Isle of Lewis, the Uists and the Isle of Skye.
16th July 2010 – Tollcross Primary, Edinburgh
23rd July 2010 – Paible Primary – North Uist
6th August 2010 – Shawbost Secondary, Isle of Lewis
13th August 2010 – Staffin Primary, Isle of Skye
20th August 2010 – Balavanich Primary, Benbecula
27th August 2010 – Shawbost Primary, Isle of Lewis
3rd September 2010 – Daliburgh Primary A, South Uist
10th September 2010 – James Gillespies High School, Edinburgh
17th September 2010 – Kilmuir Primary, Isle of Skye
24th September 2010 – Daliburgh Primary B, South Uist
Gaelic Radio Plays broadcast in 2011
In 2010-2011 Fèisean nan Gàidheal teamed up with Roddy Nicolson, Gaelic Drama Outreach worker at Eden Court which resulted in the project being delivered in Gaelic schools in Argyll, Inverness-shire, Ross-shire and Lochalsh.
3rd June 2011 - Tongue Primary - Cù air chall
3rd June 2011 - Bun-sgoil Inbhir Nis - An Dreallag
10th June 2011 - Lochcarron Primary - An Sìthiche Canadianach (Part 1)
An Sìthiche Canadianach (Part 2)
17th June 2011 - Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis - An Tidsear Chrosta
24th June 2011 - Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis- Gangsters
1st July 2011 - Rockfield Primary, Oban - Tha Tàlant aig an Òban
8th July 2011 - Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis - Tubaist Plean
Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis - Campachadh
23rd July 2011 - Plockton Primary - Cupa na Cruinne-cè - Part 1
Cupa na Cruinne-cè - Part 2
5th August 2011 - Craighill Primary, Tain - Tranylvannia
12th August 2011 - Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis - Daoimean
Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis - Burraidhean
19th August 2011 - Bowmore Primary - MV Catastrophic - Pàirt 1
MV Catastrophic - Pàirt 2
26th August 2011 - Craighill Primary - Taigh Tasgaidh
Bonar Bridge Primary - Turas Sgoile
2nd September 2011 - Fort William Primary - Dealbh-cluich - Pàirt 1
Dealbh-cluich - Pàirt 2
9th September 2011 - Gairloch Primary - Beathach nam Bròg - Part 1
Beathach nam Bròg - Part 2
16th September 2011 - Salen Primary
23rd September 2011 - Dunoon Primary - Part 1
30th September 2011 - Fort William Primary - Fainne a' Bhanrigh