Gaelic Drama Summer School 2019

The Gaelic Drama Summer School will take place in Portree between Monday 8th and Saturday 20th of July 2019.  Gaelic speaking teenagers aged between 13 and 17 at the time of the School are welcome to apply.

Application form
To apply for a place at this year’s Gaelic Drama Summer School simply fill in the online application form.


If you have any questions about the Gaelic Drama Summer School please contact Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer Angus Macleod  by e-mail on or phone 01463 225 559.

What’s on offer at the Gaelic Drama Summer School?
The School provides an excellent opportunity for Gaelic speaking teenagers interested in developing acting skills for stage and screen.  Participants will receive training in a wide range of skills, including acting, voice, movement, creative skills and general stagecraft from a varied line-up of actors and other members of the Gaelic Arts community. Drama pieces will be developed during the workshops giving participants the opportunities to showcase their work  at the end of the Summer School with at least one public performance.  No previous drama or acting experience is necessary to apply.

The School is residential and participants will be accommodated at the Portree High School Hostel, with all meals provided. A team of supervisors will be on hand at all times.

School Format
There are two options available to this year’s applicants – 6 days or 12 days.

  • The 6 day option will begin on the afternoon of Monday 8th July and finish on the evening of Saturday 13th July /morning of Sunday 14th July.  It will cost £100*.
  • The 12 day option will also begin on Monday 8th July but will finish on the morning of Saturday 20th July.  It will cost £150*.

The timetable for the first week of workshops and activities will be the same for all participants.  Those taking part in the 12 day programme will participate in at least one public performance at the end of the School, showcasing the pieces they’ve developed.

Simon Mackenzie Trust –  Financial Support
*Financial support for families covering up to 50% of the School fee is available thanks to funding from the Simon Mackenzie Trust, which is administered by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.  The trust was established in 2008 in memory of the celebrated Gaelic actor Simon Mackenzie to foster the artistic talents of young Gaels.  If financial assistance is required for the School fee your parent/ guardian can be contacted directly to discuss.   Your information will be treated confidentially.

DNA by SSD2015


Film making
In addition to a stage performance, during the first week participants also get the opportunity to develop and produce a short Gaelic film for FilmGMG ALBA’s Gaelic short film competition.

Seonaidh Dubh le SSD2017

Faigh Wi-Fi! le SSD2016

Faigh Wi-Fi! by SSD2016’s for FilmG2017 short film competition won the award for Best Film in the youth category.

Gaol an t-Samhraidh by SSD2015

The opportunity to make short films is possible through the equipment provided by FilmG.

An archive of the short films submitted to the FilmG competition is available here:
Sgoil Shamhraidh Dràma Shorts

Sgoil Shamhraidh Dràma is funded by Bòrd na GàidhligHighlands and Islands EnterpriseCreative Scotland and the Highland Council.

Creative Scotland The Scottish Government Highlands and Islands Enterprise Bòrd na Gaidhlig Highland Council Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Argyll & Bute Council