Every year Fèisean nan Gàidheal produces a Gaelic pantomime aimed at Gaelic speaking primary children which is toured throughout the country. The play and tour is produced through Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s education service Fèisgoil which is funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Fiodhògaidhio agus an Fharpais-chiùil, tells of Arturo and his struggling musical instruments’ shop which he fears he might have to give up. His latest musical invention, Fiodhògaidhio, has given him hope for a brighter future, but his dream for his creation soon turns his whole world upside down!
A tour featuring performances at 19 Gaelic medium primary schools took place between the 5th and 16th of December. A public peformance at Inverness Royal Academy, Inverness on Thursday 8th December was filmed and made available to Gaelic medium primary schools and secondary schools with Gaelic departments on the 14th of December. The film was streamed online at Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Facebook page on Tuesday 20th December.
Na h-òrain/ The Songs
Na cleasaichean/ The actors
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 production was filmed and made available to Gaelic medium primary schools and secondary schools with Gaelic departments on the 9th of December. The film was streamed online at Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Facebook page on Thursday 16th December.
Panto 2020: Ròs Bhàn agus na Seachd Sìthichean
Ròs Bhàn agus na Seachd Sìthichean (Ròs Bhàn and the Seven Fairies), tells the tale of Ròs Bhàn and the evil queen Coronìnag’s plans to ban fun and happiness.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 production was filmed and made available to Gaelic medium schools throughout the country online. The film was streamed to the public at Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Facebook page on Thursday 17th December and it can still be viewed here.
News about Ròs Bhàn agus na Seachd Sìthichean
Gaelic Panto 2019: Peadar Dan agus am Mapa-ionmhais
A fifteen day national tour of primary schools providing Gaelic medium education took place between Monday 26th November and Friday 13th December 2019 with a public performance
at the Ironworks, Inverness on Thursday 12th December at 7pm.
News about Peadar Dan agus am Mapa-ionmhais
Gaelic Panto 2018: Seocan agus am Bogsa-ciùil
Seocan and his granny don’t have any money to spare for Christmas but their fortune is set to change when Seocan finds a dusty old accordion in the attic.
News about Seocan agus am Bogsa-ciùil
Gaelic Panto 2017: Anna Bheag a’ Chòta Dheirg
Tales of a hungry wolf in the enchanted forest are a distant memory and Little Anna has no reason to worry when she decides to visits her great granny for her birthday…or does she?
News about Anna Bheag a’ Chòta Dheirg
Gaelic Panto 2016: Hansel ‘s Gretel agus Fèill Mhòr na Fuine
The national tour of the Gaelic pantomime Hansel & Gretel agus Fèill Mhòr na Fuine (Hansel and Gretel and the Great Baking Festival) had it’s final performances on Friday 9th December 2016 with performances in Dingwall and Tain. The 10-day tour gave over 2000 children with Gaelic from 45 schools the opportunity to the see the play. In 2016 Gaelic schools in Lewis and Harris had the opportunity to see it with three performances held at Stornoway Town Hall on Monday 5th December and a performance in Harris, at Sir E. Scott school on the morning of Tuesday 6th December. The tour also included a public performance held at the Ironworks, Inverness on Thursday 8th December.
The pantomime was written and directed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer Angus Macleod, with props and set design by Shannon White and costume design by Laura Cowie. The play was performed by four Gaelic speaking actors; Calum MacDonald, MJ Deans, Debbie Mackay and Iain Beggs.
Photos from a perfomance at Dingwall Academy on Thursday 9th December with pupils from Dingwall Primary, Millbank Primary, Nairn and Ullapool Primary in attendance.
Gaelic Panto 2015: Marsaili agus a’ Bhleideag Airgid
Over the first two weeks of December 2015 Marsaili agus a’ Bhleideag Airgid (Marsaili and the Silver Snowflake) travelled over 1,200 miles, visiting cities, towns and villages throughout the country.
The hour long show was staged in 17 different schools/venues with a further 26 schools being invited to attend neighbouring schools to enjoy the show together. The cast of 4 – Ellen Macdonald, Catriona Nicolson, Iain Beggs and Angus Macleod – are well experienced actors and singers, some enjoying celebrity through the current Gaelic soap opera, Bannan. The play was written by Fèisean nan Gàidheal staff and was directed by David Walker Costume design was by Laura Cowie.