Mac Bheatha, a new Gaelic adaption of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe, fully supported by Bord Na Gaidhlig, The Scottish Parliament and Creative Scotland.
The new adaption based on Gaelic writer Ian MacDonald’s superb translation, was first previewed at the Citizens theatre in Glasgow last October to a sellout audience gaining a 4 star Scotsman review.
This success has led Edinburgh producers White Stag Theatre Company to take it to the fringe this month following selection as part of Made In Scotland.
Producer Paul Coulter commented: “Creative Scotland support and promote 29 shows each year at the Fringe as part of an initiative called Made In Scotland Showcase.
“The chosen productions showcase the wide artistic talent in Scotland to international promoters.
“Being selected for this year’s list is a huge honor for our company and a major breakthrough for Gaelic Drama. Mac Bheatha is the only Gaelic production being promoted this year.”
The production stars South Uist actor David Walker in the leading role alongside Lewis born actress Catriona Lexy Campbell as Lady Macbeth.
The show also uses video footage and news reels to tell the story of the Macbeths downfall.
“Macbeth would have spoken Gaelic and this production allows the international audience coming to Edinburgh to not only see the Scottish Play performed in Scotland in this historic year, but it allows them the unique chance to see it performed in the great kings’ native language,” continues Paul.
Catriona Lexy added: “I am so pleased to be taking part in this Gaelic adaptation of Macbeth. I’m excited to be working at the Festival with such a talented group of people in the amazing venue that is
“It really is an incredible experience to be able to speak Shakespeare’s words in my native language.”
David Walker commented: “I am delighted to be part of the first Gaelic production supported by Made in Scotland and being given the opportunity to present Gaelic theatre to an international audience.”
The company are committed to bringing Gaelic drama to the mainstream stage and will also produce two further Gaelic plays later in the year.
Tomas and Fantom are two new plays based on Tam O’Shanter and Lewis murderer Mac An-Stronaich and will be shown at The Citizens in Glasgow as a double bill from 29th October to 1st November, again supported by Bord na Gaidhlig.
All members of the company have connections to Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic College on Skye with producer Paul Coulter and Director Liz Carruthers being graduates of the Immersion Course, Catriona a former writer in residence and David a graduate of the former drama course.
Mac Bheatha takes place daily at The Demonstration Room, Summerhall, Venue 26, Edinburgh from August 11 to 24th (not 18th) at 2pm.