Birthday present for writer as new Gaelic drama takes to festive airwaves

Rachel Kennedy (third from bottom); Uilleam Murray (fourth from bottom)
Rachel Kennedy (third from bottom); Uilleam Murray (fourth from bottom)

NEW Year’s Eve 2012 (tonight, Monday, December 31st) will see a new Gaelic drama adapted for radio by Catriona Lexy Campbell take to the airwaves for the first time as BBC Radio nan Gaidheal broadcasts ‘Samhraidhean Diomhair’.

Lewis born Catriona Lexy has recently completed a year as Gaelic Associate Artist with the National Theatre of Scotland and is an accomplished writer, director, performer and broadcaster.

‘Samhraidhean Diomhair’ is based on her debut novel and tells a story of sex, drugs and a teenage boy dead on a beach. Set over three summers between 2002 and 2005, his friends continue their lives whilst carrying a corrosive secret.

Writer and broadcaster Iain Finlay MacLeod – also hailing from the Isle of Lewis – worked with Catriona Lexy to adapt the book for radio.

And the cast of performers also holds a Lewis conntection including young an emerging talents such as Rachel Kennedy and Uilleam Murray.

Rachel, 22, is the island connection – a fluent Gaelic speaker from Lewis she graduated with Honours in Contemporary Screen Acting from the University of the West of Scotland.

Her previous experience has included success in the FilmG Shorts competition and a role in the BAFTA nominated film ‘Eilbhis’.

And joining Rachel is 26 year old Uilleam Murray who lives in East Kilbride and studied through Gaelic Medium Education at Mount Cameron Primary and Claremount High School.

In 2011 he completed a MA Television Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University and currently works in Glasgow Gaelic School.

Broadcast on New Year’s Eve, the radio debut of ‘Samhraidhean Diomhair’ will herald a double celebration for Catriona Lexy as she celebrates her birthday on the same date!

The Gaelic drama can be heard on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal tonight, Monday, December 31st, at 9pm.