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Christmas cheer for Gaelic pupils in Inverness

By Gregor White

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The cast of the Gaelic language panto coming to Inverness this week.
The cast of the Gaelic language panto coming to Inverness this week.

A pantomime performance in Gaelic is set to entertain children in Inverness this week.

Three actors are on the road for a fortnight with Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Gaelic panto, Calum Anndra agus a’ Chòta Dheirg.

Artair Donald , Rachel Kennedy and Fergus Munro are delivering 17 performances full of music, movement and festive fun loosely based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood, to 23 schools across the Highlands and Islands.

Families in Inverness will have the opportunity to see the panto at Eden Court's Maclean Room on Thursday at 7pm. The performance is free to attend for children but donations can be made at the door.

Eilidh Mackenzie, Fèisgoil manager, said: “Undoubtedly, live theatre strengthens language acquisition, with repeated phrases – so common in panto – embedding themselves in young minds.

"But just as important as the educational benefits, children in GME – along with their teachers – deserve a little fun, especially at this time of year.

"We are very grateful to all our funders, including Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Creative Scotland, and it gives us so much pleasure this year to be able to offer the festive show to schools in the Western Isles and Highland before turning to other areas in the future.”

Ealasaid MacDonald, chief executive of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said: “We’re thrilled that the Gaelic panto will return this year and that people all over the country will get to enjoy it.

"The arts and drama are a great way for young people to engage with Gaelic in fun and informal settings, and what’s more fun and informal than panto?"

For more information about Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s panto contact Angus Macleod at angus@feisean.scot

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