Earlier this month, in collaboration with the Blas Festival, young Gaelic speakers from primary schools throughout the Highland Council area have been enjoying performances of ‘Sgeulachdan an Tilley’, (Tilley Tales), a new Gaelic play produced by Meanbh-chuileag, the Theatre-in-education service from Fèisean nan Gàidheal. This is the first play the organisation has been able to tour in over two-and-a-half years due to pandemic restrictions. The ten-day tour of Gaelic-medium schools took place between 29th August and 9th September with performances at 16 schools throughout the region.
The play, which sheds light on the storytelling tradition of the Highlands and Islands, was written and directed by Angus Macleod, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer and funded by Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Angus also acted in the play alongside Fergus Munro and Evie Waddell. Traditional music and Gaelic song also feature with Fergus on the whistle and Evie on the fiddle. Further tours of the play in the central belt, Argyllshire and the Western Isles are scheduled to take place in February and March 2023.
Shona MacLennan, Chief Executive Officer, Bòrd na Gàidhlig said: “Bòrd na Gàidhlig are delighted to support this project which builds on the aims of the National Gaelic Language Plan to normalise Gaelic. This drama will lift many spirits after lockdown. We wish them well and are sure it will be enjoyed by all.”