Young Actors to Feature at Blas in New Gaelic Drama Initiative

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday August 31 2017

Clach na Nathrach L to R: David Mackenzie, Norman Macleod, Amina Davidson, Catriona Lexy Campbell & Josie Campbell

Fèisean nan Gàidheal is delighted to be able to provide an exciting development opportunity for young Gaelic actors through its new project Dràma air Chuairt (Gaelic Dràma Trail).

The project is based on the highly-successful Cèilidh Trail model but with four actors, instead of musicians, getting the opportunity to learn a wide range of drama skills before they embark on a short tour of the Highlands and Argyll.

The four young actors who successfully auditioned for the project are; Norman Macleod, Josie Campbell, Amina Davidson and David Mackenzie . 

The group are in the middle of a fortnight’s preparation in Inverness with director Catriona Lexy Campbell where they are developing their acting abilities through a number of drama workshops before going on tour with a play newly written by Catriona Lexy.

Clach na Nathrach (The Adder’s Stone) is light-hearted, funny and supernatural, telling the story of Coinneach who has always believed that he should have the second sight, but it never comes to him. 

When he discovers the adder’s stone he gains great power and success. 

With this great power, however, comes great trouble and Coinneach must choose between his new-found abilities and the love of his life.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Development Manager, Calum Alex Macmillan said:

“We are very pleased to launch Dràma air Chuairt and are indebted to the project funder, Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

“We have been involved in Gaelic drama development for a number of years through the work of the Fèisean, school workshops, theatre-in-education performances and the annual Drama Summer School but we were aware that are few opportunities for young Gaelic actors to act and performing outwith those initiatives.

“This project provides them with an opportunity to work with an excellent actress and writer and we hope will provide them the confidence to become more involved with Gaelic drama, in their own communities but also if they wish to go on to become professional actors”.

David Boag, Director of Language Planning & Community Developments at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, added:

“Fèisean nan Gàidheal are recognised as a leading body for the work they have done throughout the years with young people and for their promotion of Gaelic in communities across the country through the Fèisean and the Blas Festival. 

“They have a great knowledge of developing drama skills amongst young people and through Dràma air Chuairt these young actors will have have the opportunity to work with professionals like Catriona Lexy Campbell and the drama group Theatre Gu Leòr. 

“In addition to the new drama skills and knowledge they will acquire, Dràma air Chuairt also provides the participants with the opportunity to develop their language skills and Bòrd na Gàidhlig are very happy to support this project”.

Catriona Lexy Campbell, director and writer of Clach na Nathrach, said:

“I am so pleased to be working with Fèisean nan Gàidheal on this project and the new play. 

“Throughout this project the young actors have a great opportunity to develop their acting skills, learning about how a professional theatre touring works and also how they can deliver drama workshops themselves.  

“Theatre Gu Leòr are also pleased to offer these young actors a further CPD opportunity as part of our own project Cèilidh”.

Following the training and rehearsals, the participants will take to the road between 5-9 September, delivering workshops and performances in Dingwall Academy, Portree High School and Oban High school. 

There will be two public performances of the play as part of the Blas Festvial at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Wednesday 6 September at 1pm and the Glen Mhòr Hotel, Inverness on Saturday 9 September at 1pm.

 

For more information about Dràma air Chuairt visit www.feisean.org/dac and for information about the public performances visit www.blas-festival.com or phone Calum Alex Macmillan on 01463 225559.         

 

 

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