New Gaelic Play Warns of Climate Change Crisis

A new Gaelic language play about climate change entitled An Rabhadh (The Warning), is in the middle of a six week national tour of Gaelic medium primary schools.  Performed by Artair Donald and Katie Hammond, it highlights the concerns regarding climate change and points to the changes that can be made to reduce waste and our carbon footprint.

Aimed at upper primary pupils, the play has been produced through Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Gaelic language theatre-in-education project Meanbh-chuileag and was written and directed by Angus Macleod, Drama Officer with Fèisean nan Gàidheal.  The play features two environmentally-friendly aliens who are on a mission to rescue Earth in the year 2119. Unfortunately they find that reversing the effects of environmental damage is not possible but a time-travelling gizmo enables a journey back to 2019 to warn the planet’s occupants before it’s too late.

The tour, which started on the 26th of August at Bun-sgoil na Coille Nuaidhe in Kilmarnock, will continue until the 10th of October and this week is touring primary schools in Mull, Oban, Mallaig and Skye and Lochalsh.  The second leg of the tour, which will begin in Barra on Monday 23rd September, will include performances at schools in the Western Isles and the Highlands.

Artair Donald, who plays An Comandair, lives in Glasgow and is originally from Tiree.  He has many years of acting experience under his belt, on stage and on television as Coinneach in Machair and more recently in Outlander.  Off-stage Artair is regularly involved in Gaelic drama development providing direction and tuition to school and community groups.

Katie Hammond, from Coatbridge, who has two roles in the play as Ailigina and the Glaswegian earthling Laura, recently graduated in Acting and Theatre Performance from Glasgow Kelvin College. In September last year Katie participated in Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Dràma air Chuairt project and at the end of the year she also appeared in Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Gaelic Pantomime, which tours nationally each year.

The production and tour have been made possible by funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. For more information about An Rabhadh or Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s other drama projects contact Angus Macleod on 01463 225 559 or e-mail angus@feisean.org.

Creative Scotland The Scottish Government Highlands and Islands Enterprise Bòrd na Gaidhlig Highland Council Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Argyll & Bute Council