countdown to gaelic drama summer school 2015

Monday 1st June 2015

There’s only a fortnight left to apply for a place at this year’s ‘Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma’, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Gaelic Drama Summer School.

No previous drama or acting experience is necessary to apply and the Summer School is open to Gaelic speakers aged between 14 and 18, providing an excellent platform for teenagers with Gaelic interested in developing acting skills for stage and screen. An Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma receives funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Creative Scotland.

The Gaelic Drama Summer School is residential and will be held in Portree at the beginning of the school summer holidays between Monday 6th July and Friday 17th July 2015. Participants receive tuition in a wide variety of drama skills during the summer school and have lots of fun in the process.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal is delighted that David Walker is to return as Artistic Director for the Summer School. David can regularly be seen treading the boards, recently in the Pròiseact nan Ealan production ‘Sequamur’ and on screen in BBC Alba’s ‘Bannan‘. Joining him in the team of tutors is Roddy Nicolson, Gaelic Drama worker with Eden Court Creative in Inverness.

The participants skills will be showcased during a public performance held on the final night which will take place at the Aros Centre in Portree on the 16th of July.

In addition to producing a play participants also get the opportunity to develop and produce a short Gaelic film for FilmG, MG ALBA’s Gaelic short film competition. The group from last year’s summer school had their film ‘Gaol an t-Samhraidh‘ nominated in the Best Film and Best Production category in FilmG’s Youth category and Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma participant Willow Iannetta received a commendation for acting in the film.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal are delighted to offer this 11 day residential event at the very reasonable fee of £150 which includes accommodation and meals in addition to the timetabled tuition and activities. We do, however, want to ensure access for as many young people as possible. If cost is a problem, parents and guardians should speak to Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer, Angus Macleod, to discuss possible solutions.

More information and a link to the SSD15 online application form can be found on Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s website at

Applications should be submitted by Friday 12th June 2015 and will be followed up with a telephone interview.

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

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