Creative Support: Drama & Film Workshops

Fèisean nan Gàidheal regularly support schools and community groups in the facilitation and delivery of  a variety of drama workshops suitable for fluent Gaelic speakers and Gaelic learners.

All workshops are delivered through Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Fèisgoil service.  The low rates charged for workshops/ rehearsal sessions are possible thanks to funding received from our funders.  For more information contact Angus Macleod at Fèisean nan Gàidheal at

Gaelic Drama Workshops

Fèisean nan Gàidheal can provide Gaelic medium drama skills workshops for primary schools.

In the 2019 school year Angus Macleod delivered a series of drama skills workshops at Dingwall Primary and Millbank Primary.

In 2018 support was given to a P4-P7 school group at Millbank Primary, Nairn to develop and rehearse a new play about the Second World War.  While visiting the school a separate series of drama skills workshops were delivered for pupils in the P1, P2 and P3 classes.

Bùthan-obrach Artair Donald ann an Tiriodh

In 2017/2018 children in Tiree and Islay benefited from the ‘Sgilean Dràma’ (Gaelic Drama Skills) project which was offered to primary schools in Argyllshire with Gaelic medium departments.

Participating schools received a day of tuition in a wide variety of drama skills in the Gaelic language led by drama worker Artair Donald who was employed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal to deliver the project. Workshops suited to school groups learning Gaelic as an additional language and non-Gaelic speakers were also provided.

On Friday 11th May Artair visited Sgoil Thiriodh in Tiree delivering workshops to over 30 pupils at the school and on Monday 4th June he spent the day working with over 40 pupils at Bowmore Primary. Pupils from the neighbouring schools on Islay also had the opportunity to participate in an after-school drama session suitable for Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers which was held at the Islay Gaelic Centre. Fèisean nan Gàidheal is grateful to the centre for their support in providing a space for the workshop.

Bùthan-obrach le Calum Dòmhnallach ann an Uibhist

In 2011/ 2012, Fèisean nan Gàidheal delivered a Gaelic medium drama skills project for primary schools with Gaelic departments in Skye and Lochalsh and the Western Isles.  The project consisted of a series of workshops which were delivered regularly throughout the year and saw participating pupils receive tuition in a wide variety of drama skills taught through the medium of Gaelic.

Between the end of October and the beginning of December 2011, 206 pupils from three schools in North Uist and Benbecula took part in the project; Paible School, Cairinis School and Balivanich School.
In April and May 2012, primary schools in Lewis and Harris got the opportunity to take part in the project too. Laxdale Primary School, Sgoil an Rubha, Sgoil an Taobh Siar, Breasclete Primary School, Leverhulme Memorial School and Shelibost Primary School with 126 pupils taking part all together.

Film-making Workshops

Fèisean nan Gàidheal regularly provide support for school and community groups in the production of short films for FilmG, MG ALBA‘s Gaelic short film competition.  Creative support can be provided in the following areas:

  • Story development
  • Script writing
  • Filming
  • Editing

In 2016 our Drama Officer supported Sgioba Dràma Òigridh Inbhir Nis in the production of their film An Sgreuch (The Scream) agus a group from Nairn Academy with their film Cionntach no Neo-chionntach (Guilty or Not Guilty).  Their films can be viewed below:

Drama Skills for Radio

Fèisean nan Gàidheal can also deliver Gaelic radio play workshops.  A series of Gaelic radio play workshops delivered by Fèisean nan Gàidheal in 2009/2010 resulted in 10 new plays produced in partnership with the BBC which were then broadcast  on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal’s youth magazine programme Aileag.

The radio plays are available online by visiting Aileag’s webpage.
Details of the participating schools and links to their plays are listed below:

Gaelic Radio Plays Broadcast in 2010
In 2009-2010 Fèisean nan Gàidheal worked with pupils from Edinburgh, the Isle of Lewis, the Uists and the Isle of Skye.

Photos taken during this project can be viewed on Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Flickr account.
Drama Skills for Radio 2009/ 2010 – Photos


16th July 2010 – Tollcross Primary, Edinburgh
23rd July 2010 – Paible Primary – North Uist
6th August 2010 – Shawbost Secondary, Isle of Lewis
13th August 2010 – Staffin Primary, Isle of Skye
20th August 2010 – Balavanich Primary, Benbecula
27th August 2010 – Shawbost Primary, Isle of Lewis
3rd September 2010 – Daliburgh Primary A, South Uist
10th September 2010 – James Gillespies High School, Edinburgh
17th September 2010 – Kilmuir Primary, Isle of Skye
24th September 2010 – Daliburgh Primary B, South Uist

Gaelic Radio Plays broadcast in 2011
In 2010-2011 Fèisean nan Gàidheal teamed up with Roddy Nicolson, Gaelic Drama Outreach worker at Eden Court which resulted in the project being delivered in Gaelic schools in Inverness-shire and Ross-shire.  The project was also delivered in Argyll, Lochaber, Wester Ross and Lochalsh.

Photos taken during this project can be viewed on Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Flickr account.
Drama Skills for Radio 2010/ 2011 – Photos


3rd June 2011 – Tongue Primary – Cù air chall
3rd June 2011 – Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis – An Dreallag
10th June 2011 – Lochcarron Primary – An Sìthiche Canadianach (Part 1)   Part 2
17th June 2011 – Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis – An Tidsear Chrosta

24th June 2011 – Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis- Gangsters
1st July 2011 – Rockfield Primary, Oban – Tha Tàlant aig an Òban
8th July 2011 – Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis – Tubaist Plean
Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis – Campachadh

23rd July 2011 – Plockton Primary – Cupa na Cruinne-cè – Part 1
                                                                  Cupa na Cruinne-cè – Part 2
5th August 2011 – Craighill Primary, Tain – Tranylvannia
12th August 2011 – Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis – Daoimean
                                   Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis – Burraidhean
19th August 2011 – Bowmore Primary – MV Catastrophic – Pàirt 1
                                                                        MV Catastrophic – Pàirt 2
26th August 2011 – Craighill Primary – Taigh Tasgaidh
                                    Bonar Bridge Primary – Turas Sgoile
2nd September 2011 – Fort William Primary – Dealbh-cluich – Pàirt 1
                                                                                    Dealbh-cluich – Pàirt 2
9th September 2011 – Gairloch Primary – Beathach nam Bròg – Part 1    Part 2
16th September 2011 – Salen Primary
23rd September 2011 – Dunoon Primary – Part 1   Part 2
30th September 2011 – Fort William Primary – Fainne na Banrìgh

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