Growth in numbers at Gaelic Drama Summer School in Skye

05 July 2011

24 Gaelic speaking teenagers are kicking off the summer holidays in Portree, Isle of Skye, for An Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma - the Gaelic Drama Summer School. Organised by Fèisean nan Gàidheal the residential school is open to Gaelic speakers between the age of 14 and 18 and began on Monday 4th July and runs until Friday 15th July.

Now in its fourth year, the school continues to prove popular and, with the support of Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, shows encouraging signs of growth for the future with the highest numbers of successful applicants to date.  The participants, from all corners of Scotland, can look forward to a fun-filled fortnight guaranteed to provide an excellent grounding in the various skills required of budding actors, writers and directors for both stage and screen.  

Arthur Cormack, Chief Executive of Fèisean nan Gàidheal said: "Gaelic Drama is an excellent vehicle through which to engage young people in using the Gaelic language.  The Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma offers a great opportunity for young people to pick up acting and technical skills through the medium of Gaelic and it is hoped that there will be new opportunities for them to make use of those skills through BBC ALBA and other media in the future."

"The original Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma was organised by Pròiseact nan Ealan and ran for several years successfully in Uist.  Many of those involved in the Gaelic media gained skills from the experiences offered then and Fèisean nan Gàidheal is delighted that, after reintroducing the event, the numbers have steadily increased and the event has become very popular", he said.

With Artair Donald at the helm as the schools artistic director, both he and an expert team of tutors; Frank McConnell, Wilma Kennedy, David Walker, Roddy Nicolson, and Catriona Lexy Campbell will all be working hard to develop the participants talents with a view to producing an original performance piece to be showcased on the last night.

Opportunities to put their talent into practice on film will also be provided courtesy of the team at FilmG where the necessary skills and equipment will be provided to produce a short film for FilmG's 2011 competition.  Hopefully the success of the Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma participants in the 2010 competition will be repeated.

A public performance of their work during the fortnight will be held on the last night of the Sgoil Shamhraidh at Studio Fàs, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Sleat on Thursday 14th July at 7.30pm.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal is delighted that MG ALBA are to be involved with the Gaelic Drama Summer School  for the first time, a relationship which has provided the opportunity to use Studio Fàs as a performance venue and the benefit of technical support during the concert.  In addition to Gaelic drama, plenty of traditional music will be heard too as the performance night will be held in partnership with participants from Fèis Alba, which is taking place at the same time in Plockton, who will be going on to perform in around 100 Fèis Cèilidh Trail events over the next few weeks.

Tickets for the event are £6 and £3 concession. Children  accompanied by an adult receive free entry.  For ticket information phone 01478 613355 or e-mail


For more information about the Gaelic Drama Summer School contact Fèisean nan Gàidheal's Drama Officer Dougie Beck on 01463225559 or by e-mail

An Sgoil Shamhraidh Dhràma is a Fèisean nan Gàidheal initiative supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Creative Scotland, Highland
Council and Eden Court.

Further information on the Cèilidh Trails here - around 100 gigs in all -


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