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Gaelic Drama Summer School 2020

The next Gaelic Drama Summer School will take place in Portree between Monday 6th and Friday 17th of July 2020.  Gaelic speaking teenagers interested in drama and aged between 13 and 17 at the time of the School are welcome to apply.  A link to the online registration form can be found below.


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 angus@feisean.org 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.

School Format
There are two options available to this year’s applicants – 6 days or 11 days.

  • The 6 day option will begin on the afternoon of Monday 6th July and finish on the evening of Saturday 11th July /morning of Sunday 12th July.  It will cost £100*.
  • The 11 day option will also begin on Monday 6th July but will finish on the morning of Friday 17th 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 11 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 to eligible participants 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.


Hostel accommodation and all meals will be provided.  A team of supervisors will be on hand at all times.

Public Performances

A video recording of the SSD 2018 performance of Call na h-Iolaire (The Iolaire Tragedy) at Kilmuir Hall on Friday 13th July.

Official photos taken of the SSD 2015 performance of DNA by Dennis Kelly at Àros on Thursday 16th July 2015.


SSD2014 aig Àros
An Ite Gheal (The White Feather) produced during SSD2014 was performed at Àros on Thursday 17th July 2014.

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.

A selfie taken by MSP John Swinney, Deputy Prime Minister of Scotland 
with the winning SSD2016 participants at the FilmG 2017 Awards Ceremony.
Official Photos taken at the Film 2017 Awards Ceremony

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 Enterprise, Creative 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