Award winning comedic writers Seonag Monk and Calum MacKinnon are bringing their hit Gaelic theatre comedy show to the Isles.
Gaol’s Gàire / Love and Laughter will embark on a five date tour at the end of March with performances in Lewis, Harris, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra.
The tour comes off the back of a Celtic Media Festival nomination for the the island writers’ latest comedy written for BBC ALBA, Gaol@Gael, and a win at last year’s event with their Comedy Dà La San Dàmhair (Two Days In October).
“To win the festival’s prestigious Torc for Excellence was such a delight,” says Seonag, “To have again secured another nomination at this years festival for Gaol@Gael is a bit surreal.”
Calum, from South Uist and Benbecula-born Seonag have been writing together for twenty years and their writing credits run across film, radio, TV and stage.
“Acting on stage is where I feel most at ease,” Calum explains, “and its great to be back with a new comedy show. I love the freedom the stage gives you, the energy you can get from the audience and how you can channel that into your performance.”
The pair said that their home, on the outskirts of Stornoway, is awash with various costumes, wigs, props and scripts with new ideas constantly being written on memos and post it notes.
The show sees the writers appear on stage together in roles which seem to suit them perfectly as Calum takes on a butler and Seonag an upper class lady in a slapstick homage to an old music hall sketch from the 1920s.
Joining the cast is actor David Walker, whose list of credits runs from Para Handy to MacBeth, and musician Calum MacInnes.
The writers have set themselves the task of creating an evening’s entertainment not just to equal any comedy that you would see in any theatre in Scotland but to better it and the hefty pile of audience feedback forms from previous shows seems to suggest that they are hitting the mark.
Both writers feel that this kind of reaction has been a resounding vote of confidence for their work and all the more reason that they repay their loyal following by organising this island tour.
“We have been asked many times to bring the show to the wider community of Lewis and to come to Harris, Uist, Benbecula and Barra, so we are really pleased that this is now going to happen.” says Calum.
“To hear the sound of raucous laughter from an audience and to know that you have had a part in making that happen is a very magical, wonderful thing,” enthuses Seonag, “We both hold in our hearts a particular reaction from a woman who had been very ill having undergone many months of chemotherapy, she came to see the show and laughed till tears rolled down her face, she told us she went home that night and slept soundly for the first time in many, many weeks, Calum and I both had a warm glow when we heard that and thought, yes we’re doing ok.”
Gaol ‘s Gàire / Love and Laughter tours in March 2015.
Show Dates: Clan MacQuarrie Hall, Borve, 25th March: Balivanich Hall, Benbecula, 26th March: St Peter’s Hall, South Uist, 27th March: Castlebay Community School, Barra, 28th March: Tarbert Community Hall, Harris, 30th March.