Seall Seo - New Gaelic dramas take to the stage

Bleigeartan Bhreascleit being told a thing or two by Grannie in Breascleit School's event last month.
Bleigeartan Bhreascleit being told a thing or two by Grannie in Breascleit School's event last month.

A new Gaelic community drama project, the first part of which took place in mid-May, is to recommence this week in communities the length of the Long Island.

Pròiseact nan Ealan are delighted to announce the coming performance dates for ‘Seall Seo’ - together with an array of ‘Stars’ who will be supporting these evenings.

Running on Thursday (June 13th) will be a show in Laxdale, Lewis, where the lower Laxdale Primary school children will deliver a new playlet titled ‘An Gruffalo - Tè Bheag agus an T-Uan’ and the upper primary, ‘Seonaidh ‘S An Sanas’.

These will be supported by Catriona Watt, Amy MacAulay and the Laxdale Gaelic Choir and the evening begins at 7pm with an entry fee of £5/£3.

The following week, on Monday June 24th, the pupils of Sir E Scott School, Harris will take to the stage with ‘Am Baidsealar’ which will have musical support from Eoghainn ‘Scalpaigh’ MacLeod, Jayne Morrison aswell as Ceòl nan Cloinne.

The evening will begin at 7.30pm in the school itself with an entry fee of £5/£3.

The Seall Seo series, produced by Pròiseact nan Ealan and supported by CnES and Bòrd na Gàidhlig aims to heighten the performance skills of the pupils involved at all levels by securing the services of local professionals who engage with and encourage them.

There is also an element of Gàidhlig intergenerational entertainment, a feature for which there is high demand but in latter years there’s been a notable shortage off.

The ‘Seall Seo’ events give all ages within the community the opportunity to come together for an evening of drama, music and song through the medium of Gàidhlig and as evidenced by feedback from the first of the events, the opportunity is greatly appreciated and very much enjoyed.

The schools were supported in the preparation of the events by a team of professionals whose experience and knowledge of staging community drama events is second to none.

Chrisella Ross aided Laxdale while Seonag Monk and Calum MacKinnon shared their expertise elsewhere.

Mairi Morrison of Bragar, Lewis, who is well known for her many talents between acting and Gàidhlig singing took on the direction in Lewis and Harris while stalwart of Western Isles drama and director of the Stornoway Thespians, Morag Smith will support the pupils in the staging of their playlets.

Marisa MacDonald, Head of Production at Pròiseact nan Ealan said: “The challenge was always to bring Gaelic drama up a gear, supporting these productions with a team of professionals and allowing the school pupils to experience acting within a professional stage set-up.

“The success of the first three shows in Shawbost, Breascleit and in the Nicolson Institute has shown that there is an appreciative audience for community drama productions and we look forward to similar positive results with the forthcoming events.”