Christmas cheer for Gaelic pupils 

Christmas is drawing near once again and, on the 27th of November, three actors will head out on the road for a fortnight with Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Gaelic Panto, Calum Anndra a’ Chòta Dheirg. Artair Donald (OMC!, Outlander, Màiri Mhòr), Rachel Kennedy (Eilbheas, An Clò Mòr) and Fergus Munro (Three at Table, The Gaelic King) will deliver 17 performances full of music, movement and festive fun loosely based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, to 23 schools across the Highlands and Islands.

As well the schools performances, families in Inverness will have the opportunity to see the Panto at Eden Court (Maclean Room) on Thursday 30th November at 7pm. There will also be a public performance at Cnoc Soilleir in Daliburgh, South Uist at 6pm on Wednesday 6th December. Both performances are free to attend for children but donations can be made at the door.

Eilidh Mackenzie, Fèisgoil Manager said: “Undoubtedly, live theatre strengthens language acquisition, with repeated phrases – so common in panto – embedding themselves in young minds. But just as important as the educational benefits, children in GME – along with their teachers – deserve a little fun, especially at this time of year.  We are very grateful to all our funders, including Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Creative Scotland, and it gives us so much pleasure this year to be able to offer the festive show to schools in the Western Isles and Highland before turning to other areas in the future”

Ealasaid MacDonald, Ceannard (CEO), Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said: “We’re thrilled that the Gaelic Panto will return this year and that people all over the country will get to enjoy it. The arts and drama are a great way for young people to engage with Gaelic in fun and informal settings, and what’s more fun and informal than Panto?

For more information about Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Panto and our drama work in schools, contact Drama Officer, Angus Macleod at

L-R Rachel Kennedy, Fergus Munro and Artair Donald
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