Online Gaelic Drama Summer School 2020

Sgoil-shamhraidh Dràma Air Loidhne
6th – 10th July 2020

To give young Gaelic speakers the opportunity to develop their acting skills and collaborate creatively while at home due to the Corona virus pandemic, Fèisean nan Gàidheal will be providing an online Gaelic Drama Summer School which will take place between the 6th and 10th of July 2020.  Applications from Gaelic speaking teenagers interested in drama aged between 13 and 17 at the time of the School are welcome.  A limited number of places are available.

While participation in the School is free of charge, we would welcome donations to help fund the school and other summer Fèis activities. If you are able to donate, you may do so by clicking on the button below:

Timetable and Equipment
The School’s tutor team,  Lana Pheutan, the School’s artistic director and Angus Macleod, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer, will deliver 2 online sessions each day – in the morning from 1030am to 1130am and in the afternoon between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.   These sessions will be delivered via Zoom using Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s own account. Participants will require access to suitable equipment and permission to use the internet at these times.


If you have any questions please contact Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Officer Angus Macleod  by e-mail on

Sgoil-Shamhraidh Dràma Air Loidhne is funded byCreative ScotlandBòrd na Gàidhlig and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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 applicants – 6 days or 11 days.

The timetable for the first week of workshops and activities is  the same for all participants.  Those taking part in the full programme 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.

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.  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.

SSD Archive –  Stage performances and short films produced at the Gaelic Drama Summer School

An Dealbh-chluich (The Play) by SSD2019

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.

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


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