Na­tional Theatre of Scot­land an­nounces new Gaelic arts op­por­tu­nity

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

WORK­SHOPS for up to ten Gaelic-speak­ing di­rec­tors and per­form­ers will be up for grabs in Novem­ber.

And they rep­re­sent an im­por­tant part of the Na­tional Theatre of Scot­land’s com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing Gaelic-lan­guage theatre.

The com­pany an­nounced this new train­ing op­por­tu­nity for Gaelic di­rec­tors and per­form­ers, as part of the its com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Gaelic drama artists.

The two-week course, run in con­junc­tion with Pròiseact nan Ealan, and with sup­port from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Cre­ative Scot­land, will take place in the Na­tional Theatre of Scot­land’s re­hearsal spa­ces in Glas­gow from Novem­ber 9 - 20 (ex­clud­ing 14 and 15 Novem­ber).

The course will sup­port new and de­vel­op­ing Gaelic di­rec­tors and pro­fes­sional Gaelic per­form­ers, al­low­ing them to un­der­take an in­ten­sive two week prac­ti­cal ex­plo­ration with pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment train­ing.

Run by the Na­tional Theatre of Scot­land’s ac­claimed as­so­ciate di­rec­tor, Graham McLaren, and a team of lead­ing theatre pro­fes­sion­als, the course will spe­cialise in dra­maturgy, move­ment, voice, pup­petry and stage de­sign.

The pro­gramme is de­signed for up to ten Gaelic-speak­ing di­rec­tors and per­form­ers who, through work­shops and group ses­sions with the tu­tors, will ex­plore new and ex­ist­ing meth­ods of de­vel­op­ing a piece of theatre, build­ing upon and cater­ing to in­di­vid­u­als’ ex­ist­ing tal­ents.

This op­por­tu­nity is an im­por­tant part of the com­pany’s on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of Gaelic theatre.

Ear­lier this year, the Na­tional Theatre of Scot­land toured Whisky Ga­lore/ Uisge-Beatha Gu Leòr, a new Gaelic ver­sion of the pop­u­lar novel, Whisky Ga­lore, by Comp­ton MacKen­zie, adapted for the stage by Iain Fin­lay Macleod which was its most fully-re­alised Gaelic lan­guage theatre pro­duc­tion to date.

The com­pany pre­vi­ously col­lab­o­rated with Iain Fin­lay Macleod as part of the its Re­veal sea­son in 2011, show­cas­ing emerg­ing Scot­tish theatre tal­ent, pre­mier­ing his bi-lin­gual play, Som­er­saults at the Tra­verse Theatre, Ed­in­burgh in 2011.

The play was sub­se­quently pro­duced by the Fin­bor­ough Theatre in Lon­don.

The Na­tional Theatre of Scot­land also suc­cess­ful pro­duced Fiona J Macken­zie’s A Lit­tle Bird Blown Off Course/ Eun Bheag Chanaidh in part­ner­ship with Blas Fes­ti­val, which toured the High­lands and Is­lands and was pre­sented in Glas­gow at Celtic Con­nec­tions in 2013/2014.

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is Mon­day, Septem­ber 28.

Full in­for­ma­tion on how to ap­ply can be found at www.na­tion­althe­atrescot­land.com

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