Summer drama courses at Sabhal Mòr for budding actors and teachers

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As part of the Memorandum of Understanding between Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, three drama schools will be held this summer.

Actors and anyone interested in Gaelic drama will have the chance to improve their acting and teaching skills under the guidance of four renowned professionals who have a wealth of experience in performance, production and teaching.

The three summer schools are among the first of many initiatives planned under the memorandum where the Gaelic college and the Conservatoire will be promoting Gaelic culture and art together.

Teaching the courses will be Professor Maggie Kinloch, actor Arthur Donald, director Liz Carruthers, and Professor Jonothan Needlands. Maggie Kinloch is the Vice Principal at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The first course, a ‘Drama Weekend Masterclass’, will be held on the weekend of 9th-10th June. The second course, ‘Acting: Gaelic Drama’, will be held between the 30th July and 3rd August.

And the final course, ‘Teaching acting through Gaelic’, will be held from the 6th to 10th August.

Professor Kinloch said: “The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig have a strategic partnership which enables us to share delivery of a range of courses in music and in drama.

“This partnership is developing and will allow us this year to offer three short drama courses, and a further one in radio drama. I am delighted that these programmes are available and that together they represent part of the overall range of activities in which we are engaged, all of which are designed to grow the use of Gaelic in an imaginative and creative way. It is a beautiful and expressive language which has Scotland’s rich history stitched into every word.”

Alasdair Mackay, Short Course manager at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig commented: “We are extremely pleased to be able to include drama once again as part of our Summer Short Course programme in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

“Drama was for many years an integral part of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, with many of today’s recognised actors working in Gaelic drama having spent time at the College either as students or tutors.

“With the excellent quality of these new courses and the calibre of the tutors present, this is indeed a unique opportunity for those interested in drama to learn direct from experienced master practitioners and perhaps become the next generation of drama talent.”

Anyone interested in the courses can contact Alasdair MacKay on 01471 888242 or email: Alasdair.MacAoidh@groupwise.uhi.ac.uk