Pupils from across Argyll will gather together at 1:30pm on Tuesday the 24th of May for Fèis Dhràma Earra-Ghàidheal, an afternoon of Gaelic drama in The Corran Halls, Oban.
Now in its tenth year, Fèis Dhràma Earra-Ghàidheal, a Gaelic drama festival for primary schools in Argyllshire, provides youngsters with an opportunity to learn new skills, whilst putting together a brand new play.
This year, the following primary schools are involved in the project: Rockfield Primary School in Oban, Salen Primary from the Isle of Mull and Sandbank Primary School in Dunoon. Sandbank Primary are contributing two plays to the project this year, meaning a total of 4 plays will be showcased – with topics ranging from space exploration, the travels of the Olympic torch to tales of a magical eel and a giant turnip from Mull.
This year the actor and drama worker Debbie Mackay, well known for her role as Màiri in the Gaelic TV drama ‘Bannan’, has been employed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal to support schools participating in the Fèis.
Angus Macleod, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer has been co-ordinating the project, “We strongly believe that drama is an excellent tool for developing a wide range of skills – public speaking, self-confidence, teamwork and behaviour among them; every year it’s encouraging to see that they will then go on to high school with new skills that will be beneficial to them in the years ahead”. Although the showcase isn’t competitive, the children will be given a small memento to remind them of their hard work.
Admission to the drama showcase is free (although donations are welcome). For more information, contact Angus Macleod on 01463 225 559 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fèisean nan Gàidheal is funded by Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, The Highland Council, Argyll & Bute Council and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.