Dra­matic suc­cess for youth­ful stars of Gaelic fes­ti­val

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THE TENTH an­nual Fèis Dhràma Earra- Ghàid­heal took place last Tues­day (May 24).

Over the course of the af­ter­noon, a to­tal of 82 chil­dren from three of Ar­gyll’s Gaelic pri­mary schools per­formed orig­i­nal plays in Oban’s Cor­ran Halls.

Pri­mary one pupils from Salen school on the isle of Mull per­formed a Gaelic take on the well-known story, The Enor­mous Turnip.

Classes one to four from Oban’s Rock­field Pri­mary School per­formed a play about a boy who is given mag­i­cal pow­ers so he can talk to an­i­mals.

Sand­bank Pri­mary from Dunoon pro­duced two plays, with P1-3 per­form­ing one about a jour­ney to dif­fer­ent plan­ets, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from dif­fer­ent Gaelic ac­cents, and P4-7 per­form­ing one about a magic Olympic torch.

All the school groups had taken part in work­shops run by ac­tor and drama worker Deb­bie Mackay, as did pupils from Strath of Ap­pin Pri­mary, who did not par­tic­i­pate in the fes­ti­val.

Ms Mackay said: ‘I did four work­shops and it was good to see the pro­gres­sion. It’s a great wee project.’

An­gus Macleod, Fèisan nan Gàid­heal’s drama of­fi­cer, who has been co­or­di­nat­ing the project, said: ‘ We strongly be­lieve that drama is an ex­cel­lent tool for de­vel­op­ing a wide range of skills – pub­lic speak­ing, self- con­fi­dence, team­work and be­hav­iour among them. Ev­ery year it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see that they will then go on to high school with new skills that will be ben­e­fi­cial to them in the years ahead.’

Fèisan nan Gàid­heal is funded by Creative Scot­land, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise, the High­land Coun­cil, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Photos pro­vided by Fèis Dhràma Earra- Ghàid­heal 2016.

Sand­bank Pri­mary’s P4-7s per­form their play about the Olympic torch.

Rock­field Pri­mary per­form­ing their play about a boy get­ting magic pow­ers.

Salen Pri­mary one class staged a play about a gi­ant turnip.

Pri­mary 1-3 from Sand­bank Pri­mary per­form­ing their space-themed play.

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