Curtain goes up on new Gaelic drama

Gaelic drama returns to The Citizens Theatre with witches and murder for a hallow’een run.

Following the success of a Gaelic version of Mabeth at the Edinburgh International Festival, new writing Scottish theatre company White Stag are producing two brand new Gaelic plays - Tomas & Fantom - at the Citizens theatre in Glasgow as part of the autumn season funded by Bord Na Gaidhlig and Proiseact Nan Ealan.

Both plays are suitable for audiences from age 14 upwards.

Tomas is an adaption of the Robert Burns poem, Tam O’Shanter. The poem has been translated by Domhnal Mac An t-Saoir and adapted by Sabhal Mor Ostaig writer-in-residence Kenny Lindsay.

Gaelic actor David Walker from South Uist will play the leading role of Tomas in this dramatized version of Burn’s epic tale.

As part of the same bill the company are producing a new play by Iain Macrae, developed from a work-in-progress commissioned by Glasgow Life in 2012.

Fantom tells the story of the Hebridean legend of Mac an t-Sronaich, a suspected serial killer who is said to have terrorised Harris and Lewis in the 1830s.

But despite the warrant for the arrest of the “Fantom”, no-one was ever brought to trial.

To this day, children are warned that if they aren’t good, “Mac an t” will get them!

The Fantom will be played by leading Gaelic actor Artair Donald with writer Iain Macrae playing a variety of characters and rising Gaelic actress MJ Deans will perform in both productions.

Annie Grace, the actor/musician who recently performed in Prudencia Hart for NTS, has composed new music and arranged traditional tunes for both productions.

The plays will open on Wednesday 29th October at 7.30pm for ticket information contact The Citz box office on 0141 4290022.