confusion abounds in new gaelic panto

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Meanbh-chuileag will be on the road between 1 and 12 December with the newly-written pantomime Peigi agus a’ Bhreiselach Bhuan (Peigi and the Eternal Delirium). The Gaelic language group operates a theatre-in-education service through Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Fèisgoil.

Children – and not-so-small-children – will hear the story of Peigi, a young princess who has no interest in getting married, and her sister, Màiri, who isn’t nearly as nice but is determined to find Mr Right! Full of fun and daftness, the show was written by Dougie Beck and Angus Macleod, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s drama officers.

One of Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s main projects is the Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma (the Gaelic Drama Summer School) which gives young actors the opportunity to hone their drama skills in the company of some of Scotland’s finest drama experts. The organisation is delighted that two former participants are acting in this year’s panto – Catriona Morrison and Catriona Nicolson. According to Dougie Beck, who heads up the Sgoil Shamhraidh and who has been involved in Fèisean nan Gàidheal pantos since 2002: “We could say that things have now come full circle; when we re-established the Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma in 2008 one of our aims was to increase the pool of people available for work in the Gaelic drama sector. We are delighted that the two Catrionas are with us this year, and look forward to working with them again in the future, and also with other former Sgoil Shamhraidh participants.”

Also acting in Peigi agus a’ Bhreisleach Bhuan are Angus Macleod and David Walker. Although this is David’s first Gaelic panto in several years, he has done considerable work with Fèisean nan Gàidheal over the last few years, including acting and major involvement with the Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma.

According to Calum Alex MacMillan, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Development Manager: “We have firm links with some of the most talented Gaelic artists out there, and we are very excited that David Walker is with us this year. Not only will he add a lot to the show, but he was also invaluable when it came to rehearsals and preparaton.”

In addition to school performances, Meanbh-chuileag will also be offering the public two opportunities to see the show: Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow at 2.00pm on Saturday 6 December in association with An Lòchran and the Spectrum Centre, Inverness, at 7.30pm Friday 12 December.

Information about the whole tour can be seen below. Information about the tour can also be obtained from 01463 225559 or dougie@feisean.org

1 December – Fort William and Mallaig
2 December – Oban and Dunoon
3 December – East Kilbride
4 December – Condorrat and Edinburgh
5 December – Glasgow
6 December – Public performance, Glasgow
8 December – Inverness
9 December – Lewis
10 December – Skye
11 December – Tain
12 December – Public Performance, Inverness

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