Gaelic Pantomime

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.

Gaelic Panto 2020
Due to the Covid-19 epidemic an online production of our Gaelic pantomime is in development with a view to making it available for Gaelic medium schools between the 23rd of November and 11th of December.
More information about the play and the tour will be published here in early November.

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 performance at Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu on Friday 2nd December 2016.

Photos from a perfomance at Dingwall Academy on Thursday 9th December with pupils from Dingwall Primary, Millbank Primary, Nairn and Ullapool Primary in attendance.

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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.

Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes

  • I have experienced the energy and excitement of being part of an audience for other people’s performances
  • My learning in, through and about the expressive arts is enhanced and enriched through partnerships with professional arts companies, creative adults and cultural organisations

Experiences and outcomes

I develop and extend my literacy skills when:

  • I have opportunities to developing an understanding of what is special, vibrant and valuable about what is, for the majority of Highland pupils, their own culture and their language
  • Extend and enrich my vocabulary through listening, talking, watching and reading.
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