TWO successful community drama events have brought to a conclusion the first part of a new series of Gaelic drama events produced by the Gaelic arts agency, Pròiseact nan Ealan (PnE) in and delivered in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
The theatre in An Lanntair was the venue for a performance of talented musicians and actors from The Nicolson Institute, who on Monday evening (April 22nd) treated an appreciative audience to an entertaining combination of music, song and drama.
The event was the second in the series entitled Seall Seo, aimed to provide community groups with the skills to deliver quality staged performances in their own localities.
Monday night’s event saw the début performance of ‘Birthday’, a new script written by Seonag Monk incorporating the ideas of the school children and presented under the creative direction of Mairi Morrison with staging by Morag Smith.
The children received instruction on how to compose a captivating script how then to allocate actors and bring it to life on a stage adorned with a fitting set and props. On the evening of the show the young actors were joined by supporting musical accompaniment from Norrie ‘Tago’ MacIver and a band formed of school pupils under the direction of Tracey Gordon.
The evening served as a fund-raiser and rehearsal for a cultural exchange trip to Galway, Ireland, that The Nicolson’s Gaelic Department have organised and on which the 1st and 2nd year fluent speakers and learner’s class will be leaving for on Monday April 29th.
Then Friday (April 26th) saw ‘Bleigeartan Bhreascleit’ take to the stage in Breasclete Hall. The new play, written by Cathie Mary MacIver and starring Gaelic Medium pupils of Breascleit School, featured a grannie who’s grandchildren underestimated just how ‘cool’ she could be and was met with tremendous applause as the final curtain closed.
The school pupils were joined by Alec ‘Korky’ MacDonald, Iain Spanish MacKay and Stuart Taylor, local stalwarts who entertained with music and song; and a great time was had by all who attended both events with the school children applauded for their performances which were fluid and captivating.
PnE Board Member Agnes Rennie said: “This was a fantastic series of events and a wonderful example of what children can produce with just a little bit of support to their natural skills.
“This pilot scheme, which is delivered by Pròiseact nan Ealan and funded by CnES, has already proved it’s worth and I look forward to the next strand which will be delivered after the Summer.”