Gaelic pantomime visits Oban’s Rockfield Primary

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A 15-day tour of a new Gaelic pantomime – Anna Bheag a’ Chota Dheirg – called on Thursday last week at Oban’s Rockfield Primary, with schools on Tiree, Islay and Barra also being involved.

This is the 10th year that the Scottish charity Fèisean nan Gàidheal has produced and toured a Gaelic language pantomime for children  in Gaelic-medium education and will take the play to more than 2,500 young Gaelic speakers, including many island schools.

The Gaelic panto is a re-imagining of the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale and features Calum McDonald, who is a well-known presenter on the BBC; MJ Deans, who toured Rocket Post with the National Theatre of Scotland; and Ellen MacDonald, well-known for her role as Kirsty in BBC Alba’s Bannan.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s drama officer Angus Macleod said: ‘The play updates the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story and gives it a martial arts twist. The three experienced actors bring lots of fun and energy to their roles and the audience interaction will make this an engaging and enjoyable experience for children and adults alike.’

Fèisean nan Gàidheal is a Scottish charity which was established in 1991 which helps promote Gaelic arts development. The tour began on November 27 and will finish on December 15.