gaelic youth theatre in the spotlight

Wednesday 10th September 2014

‘Fèis Dràma Dheugairean’ , a festival of Gaelic Youth Theatre, took place at Eden Court in Inverness on Wednesday 10th September 2014.

The day-long festival, hosted by Eden Court CREATIVE in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal, featured original Gaelic plays from Gaelic Youth Theatres based in Tain, Dingwall and Inverness.

  • ‘Lean do Chridhe’ (Follow Your Heart) by TÒG Bhaile Dhubhthaich, a new Gaelic play, focuses on a teenage celebrity who wants to take a new direction in her life.
  • ‘Àm na Buana’ (Harvest Time) from TÒG Inbhir Pheofharain, also an original Gaelic play, sees how two friends combat school bullying with help from the internet.
  • ‘Ainglean’ (Angels) by Sgioba Dràma Òigridh Inbhir Nis – written by Pauline MacLynn and
    translated into Gaelic by Eden Court CREATIVE’s Roddy Nicolson – features a group of young strangers who gather in an old graveyard for a community project, watched over by three angels.

Through support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s ‘Gaelic Drama Network’ scheme, Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Eden Court are working together to increase the opportunities for Gaelic-speaking secondary pupils in Highland to learn drama skills and perform through the medium of Gaelic. More information about the Gaelic Youth Theatres in Tain and Dingwall can be found on the Fèisean nan Gàidheal website at www.feisean.org/tog

Eden Court Creative Manager Kati Kozikowska said:
“It was a fantastic day and wonderful to see so many talented young people developing their creative skills and communicating in Gaelic. It was also great to see how the groups had come on since the festival in 2013. Eden Court CREATIVE and Fèisean nan Gàidheal hope to continue our partnership in order to make the Gaelic Youth Theatre Festival an annual date for the theatre diary!”

Angus Macleod, Gaelic Drama Officer for Fèisean nan Gàidheal, started working with TÒG Inbhir Pheofharain and TÒG Bhaile Dhubhthaich at the end of April. He commented:
“I’ve had great fun working with the groups, helping to develop and rehearse their plays. Our partnership with Eden Court also gave both groups the opportunity to work with Gaelic writer and actress Catriona Lexy Campbell and Mike Webster from Eden Court Creative who provided digital media workshops.  The experience gave them a valuable insight into the work involved in putting on a performance. I was very proud of what they all achieved.”

For more information about the festival, contact Fèisean nan Gàidheal Gaelic Drama Officer, Angus Macleod on 01463 225 559 or angus@feisean.org or Kati Kozikowska, Eden Court Creative Projects Manager on 01463 239 841.

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