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.
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.
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 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.
To apply for a place at this year’s Gaelic Drama Summer School simply fill in the online application form.
Friday 21st June is the application deadline.
SSD2019 APPLICATION FORM – CLOSED
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 email@example.com or phone 01463 225 559.
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.
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.
In addition to a stage performance, during the first week participants also get the opportunity to develop and produce a short Gaelic film for FilmG, MG 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 Gàidhlig, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Creative Scotland and the Highland Council.